Jeffrey J. Williams

Bridgewater State College

Professor of Physics  


Science Building Room 107

Secretary (508) 531-1386



Professional Experience:

Bridgewater State College

  • Acting Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences                2008 to 2009
  • Department of Physics, Professor and Chair                                        1998 to 2008
  • Faculty Associate for the School of Arts and Sciences                                    2007 to 2008
  • Promotions Committee, Chair                                                              2008
  • Masters in Arts Teaching Physics Coordinator                                     1998 to present
  • Masters in Arts Teaching Physical Science Coordinator (new 2007)    2007 to present


Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Assistant Academic Dean, School of Arts and Science                        1995 to 1998
  • Assistant Professor of Physics                                                 1991 to 1995
  • Subject Matter Expert, Center for Educational Technologies   1992 to 1998

Consultant to NASA on curriculum development for grades K to 12

  • Upward Bound regional science and mathematics center
    • Project Coordinator                                                      1994 to 1995
    • Physics Teacher and Mentor                                        1992 to 1994


Education: Ph.D., Physics                                                              May 1992

                        Clark University

                        Worcester, MA 01610

                        Thesis Advisor: Christopher P. Landee

                        Thesis Title: Experimental Investigations of Magnetic Linear Chains


                        B.Sc., Physics (Magna cum laude)                               June 1984

                        Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

                        North Adams, MA 02147


Professional Societies:

American Association of Physics Teachers, STEMTEC, American Physical Society


Administration and Leadership (partial listing):

Bridgewater State College

Chair – Presidential Climate Commitment committee

Sustainability Center Board, Chair of Recycling Committee

American Association of Physics Teachers

Chair, National Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

New England Section Representative

Writing Committee for NEASC self study

Science Curriculum Committee Chairman for K-16 Articulation Grant Project

STEMTEC Statewide Institute


Wheeling Jesuit University

Major Committees: Academic Life (2 years), Academic Policy

Minor Committees: Faculty Morale (chair), Athletic

Laut Honors Program Director (1995-97)

Laut Honors Program Seminar Coordinator (1994/95)

First Year Program Teacher


Clark University

Residence Director                                                      1990 - 1991

Graduate Administrative Assistant to the

Dean of the Graduate School                           1989 – 1990


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Orientation Steering Committee                                               1982 - 1983

Resident Advisor                                                         1982 - 1984



Community Activities and Awards (partial listing):

Bridgewater State College

  • Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching (inaugural award winner 2006)
  • Science and Mathematics Building Committee
  • Nominated for the NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar award (2005)
  • BSC Representative for trip to Jordan
  • AAPT national Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  • Nominated to Executive Committee of New England Section of the APS
  • Science Task Force Dighton-Rehoboth High School
  • Saturdays at Bridgewater presentations
  • Orientation service activities

o   Mock lecture during orientation for Students at Risk

o   Advising

o   Orientation “Can we talk” sessions with parents

  • Physics consultant for children’s play “In the Shadow of Menlo Park”


Wheeling Jesuit University

·         PR/Admissions Committee - Mount de Chantel Academy, K-12

·         Moderator: Volleyball Club, Tennis Club, Table Tennis Club

·         National Advisory Council - COTF (NASA Classroom Of The Future)


Clark University

·         Graduate Student Council, President, 1987 to 1989

·         Chair, Graduate Student Council Committee for Community Service, 1988 to 1989

·         University Committees: Provost Commission on Academic Priorities, The Graduate Board, Faculty Steering Committee


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

·         Louis Parisien Memorial Award, student/athlete, 1984

·         Alpha Chi Honor Society, President, 1983 to 1984

·         Intercollegiate cross country team, 1980 to 1983, captain, 1981 to 1983


Selected Grants Awarded (BSC):

2006 - 2009

Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, MMSP advisory/science curriculum development team and professor for the energy course in the grant, MMSP grant, “The Science Improvement Partnership (SIP): Improving physical and earth science education in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod”, $597,256



Pedagogical Course development grant, Cooperative Interdepartmental Effort to Revamp Aviation Physics to Better Meet Student Needs and Accreditation Criteria, Co-PI with Mike Farley Aviation Department Chair, $2,000


            Online course development grant, Initiative to move existing class online, $2,000



“Physical Science with Mathematical Modeling,” Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program, $49,000



“Energy and the Environment,” Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Renewable Energy Trust Content Institute, $40,000


“Physical Science with Mathematical Modeling Workshop,” Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program, $49,522


“Energy and the Environment,” Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Renewable Energy Trust Content Institute, $40,000


“Motion, Energy and the Elements” Summer Content Institute, Massachusetts Department of Education (New Bedford), $30,000


“Force and Motion for Middle School Teachers” (Co-PI with Dennis Kuhl, Physics Professor), Massachusetts Department of Education, $30,000


CART Faculty Librarian Research Grant, Physics and Art Photography, $8,000


CART Small Grant Award, Big Dig Physics, $2,000


CART “External Funding Grant,” to write NSF Grant,

Different Sides of the Same Coin, National Science Foundation



“Force and Motion for Middle and High School Teachers” Summer Content Institute (Co-PI with Dennis Kuhl), Massachusetts Department of Education, $30,000


CART summer grant $3000 Synthesis and Magnetic Characterization of FeTAC


Information Technology grant for $17,000 for new computer-based labs in physics


PALMS grant for new course - Teaching Strategies in Integrated Science


Selected Research Publications and Presentations:


1st Annual Bridgewater State College Service-Learning Workshop, Panel Presentation: Connections: Service-Learning and Sustainability, April 2008.


CART (Center for the Advancement of Research and Teaching) Celebration XI, Energy and the Environment Panel, May 2007


American Association of Physics Teachers national winter 2005 meeting, Picturing Physics – Seeing Physics with the Visual Arts, January 2005.


CART Celebration IX, Plenary Panel, Having It All:  A Sound Environment, A Vibrant Economy, and Social Justice, May 2005.


American Association of Physics Teachers New England Section meeting, Ruminating about Art and Physics, October 3-4, 2003.


CART Celebration VI, Big Dig Physics, 2002.


Magnetic susceptibility measurements of a one-dimensional Heisberg antiferromagnet, copper 3-methylanthranilate, J.J.M. Williams, C.P. Landee, and M.M. Turnbull, Malysian Journal of Science, 17B, 33-35, 1996.


Advance Physics Laboratory for Undergraduates, invited talk at the annual West Virginia EPSCoR State Conference, January 1995.


"Astronomy Village: Investigating the Universe", Subject Matter Expert on a CD-ROM based multimedia program, a winner in the Technology & Learning Magazine's 1996 14th Annual Software of the Year awards.


Pathfinder - Mission to Mars, presentation to the October 1994 meeting of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA), Barboursville, WV.


The Light Around You, presentation at the October 1993 meeting of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA), Charleston, WV.


Quasi-elastic and inelastic neutron scattering studies of [(CD3) 3ND]FeCl3·2D2O: A one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet, N. Rosov, J.W. Lynn, J.J.M. Williams, and C.P. Landee, presented at the 1992 Dec. meeting of the MMM, Houston, TX and published in the J. Appl. Phys., 73, 6081, 1993.


Single Crystal Susceptibility Measurements of a One-Dimensional Ising Ferromagnet, FeTAB, J.J.M. Williams and C.P. Landee, accepted for publication in J. of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Aug. 1992.



I enjoy working with students and colleagues, teaching and learning physics, playing sports and outdoor adventure. My interests include art, trees, working and building with hand tools, and learning and teaching sustainability issues. Laura and I recently celebrated our 24th anniversary. Erin graduated from college in 2009 and Jason will graduate in 2010.


Last Revised: 4/2008