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Nancy Jo Getson

A dedicated educator with extensive experience teaching physics, astronomy, engineering, and computer science courses at both 2-year colleges and 4-year universities; a skilled communicator and dynamic course creator; a compassionate advocate for all students

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy –  May 2014–present
Lecturer II, Department of Physics and Astronomy- May 2004–May 2014
Lecturer I, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR – August 2000–May 2004

•  Instructing lower-division engineering, physics, and astronomy courses
•  Developing new engineering courses to add to the course catalog
•  Constructing new laboratory exercises for PHYS 1400, 1401, 1410, 1420
•  Organizing and publishing an online library of laboratory exercises for PHYS 1400, 1401, 1410, and 1420
•  Creating and maintaining an extensive network of online course webs
•  Participating in the ongoing ABET accreditation process for the Engineering Physics program
•  Serving on multiple Department and College of Natural Science and Mathematics faculty hiring committees
•  Served on College of Natural Science and Mathematics Curriculum & Assessment Committee
•  Served on College of Natural Science and Mathematics Lecturer Promotion Committee
•  Cyber Discovery Camp Counselor, Summers 2014–15: On-campus week-long residential camp targeted at high school student teams
interested in engineering and computer science (sponsored by cyber.org)
•  Analysis and Investigation of Cyber Scenarios (AICS) Camp Co-Director, Summers 2016–20: On-campus week-long residential camp
targeted at high school teams (sponsored by cyber.org)
•  Summer Mathematics and Science Program, Summer 2017: On-campus week-long day camp targeted at middle school students

August 1998–May 1999
Visiting Instructor, Department of Physics                                                                                                     
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

•  Developed and implemented a workshop-based curriculum for PHYS 100: Introduction to Physics
•  Wrote new laboratory exercises for PHYS 104: Introduction to Astronomy
•  Maintained an extensive network of online course webs
•  Installed and administered Linux server for student access to course webs

September 1995–June 1998
Instructor, Division of Science and Math                                                                                               
Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, WA

•  Instructed all engineering and computer science courses
•  Proposed, developed, and taught new courses in engineering and computer science
•  Revised curriculum of existing courses to align with and transfer to state universities
•  Provided academic advising to approximately 30 students per academic quarter
•  Installed and administered a Linux server to provide email for students and faculty
•  Supervised student-administered email and web servers
•  Published extensive course webs for each class
•  Served on Library Advisory; Safety; and Computer & Related Technologies Committees
•  Faculty Advisor to the Engineering, Math, and Science Club

January 1991–May 1995
Instructor, Division of Math and Science                                                                                                        
Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ

•  Instructed a broad range of physics, astronomy, and engineering courses
•  Implemented Engineers in the Field: A Guest Lecture Series for an engineering design class
•  Co-piloted a physics education program in the local high school district
•  Faculty Advisor to SCC Astronomy Club and SCC Engineering and Technology Club


M.S.,  Engineering Science (Materials Science)Arizona State UniversityDecember 1990
B.S.,  Physics (Honors College)Michigan State UniversitySeptember 1987

Summary of Courses Taught

The University of Central Arkansas
PHYS 1400: Physical Science for General Education
PHYS 1401: Descriptive Astronomy
PHYS 1410: College Physics I
PHYS 1420: College Physics II

The University of Idaho
PHYS 100: Introduction to Physics
PHYS 104: Introduction to Astronomy

Grays Harbor College
ENGR 100: Engineering Orientation
ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering Graphics
ENGR 102: Introduction to Engineering Design
ENGR 154: Computer Programming for Engineers
ENGR 170: Introduction to Materials Science
ENGR 264: Engineering Mechanics – Statics

Scottsdale Community College
AST 101: Survey of Astronomy
AST 111: Introduction to Astronomy
AST 125: Astronomy Lab I AST 126: Astronomy Lab II
PHY 100: Introduction to Physics
PHY 111: College Physics I PHY 112: College Physics II

PHYS 3345: Optics
ENGR 1301: Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 2311: Engineering Statics
ENGR 3311: Engineering Dynamics


PHYS 111: College Physics I PHYS 211: University Physics I


ENGR 274: Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics
ENGR 284: Mechanics of Materials
COMSC 115: Programming Basics
COMSC 209: Introduction to Programming
COMSC 210: Programming in C++
COMSC 211: Introduction to Data Structures


PHY 115: University Physics I
PHY 116: University Physics II
ECE 100: Introduction to Engineering Graphics
ECE 105: Intro to the Languages of Engineering
ECE 106: Intro to Computer-Aided Engineering
ECE 211: Engineering Mechanics – Statics
ECE 212: Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics

Related Skills and Abilities

Course Creation: Syllabus origination, design/implementation of laboratory exercises, content creation for in-person and online delivery Curriculum Development: Curriculum mapping and alignment
Assessment: Defining learning objectives, formalizing and assessing student outcomes
Instructional and Lab Tools: PRS RF Response System, SMART Response XE, LoggerPro, LabQuest, BOE-Bots, Stellarium, Project Clea
Programming Languages: C++, FORTRAN, Pascal, HTML, pBasic
Productivity and LMS Tools: MS Office, iWork, Google Workspace, Blackboard Ultra

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

American Association of Physics Teachers
American Society for Engineering Education
Washington Council for Engineering and Related Technologies Education
Arizona Community College Board Certification: Regular A.1.a, engineering and physics


Dr. Carl Frederickson, Professor and Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035

Dr. William Slaton, Professor and Director of Engineering Physics
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035

Dr. Ashley Hicks, Outreach Coordinator Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts
Hot Springs, AR 71901

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