Welcome to Rod Lee’s Home Page!

Welcome to my home page!  BeloRod Leew you will find the courses I am teaching for the current term.  My office is on the Sylvania Campus in ST/312 and my email is rodney.lee2@pcc.edu.

My Early Interest in Astronomy

I knew from a young age I wanted to be both a teacher and a scientist.  A big influence for me was the late Carl Sagan’s book and television series Cosmos.  Another was Kip Thorne’s book Black Holes & Time Warps.  Both are still excellent introductions to astronomy and space-time that will both inform and inspire you!  Here is a link to my Goodreads Page to see what I’ve read and want to read. I am updating this page regularly.

My Career in Education

I began my career as a high school teacher in 1998 at the age of 25.  My first teaching position was at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California.  There I taught Integrated Science, Computer Applications, Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, Physics, Honors Physics, and Astronomy.  I moved to Oregon in 2003 and taught at Regis High School from 2003 to 2011.  While at Regis, I taught Algebra II, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Biology while serving as the moderator for the National Honor Society (NHS).

In 2006, I was asked by Chemeketa Community College to teach an astronomy course for them.  I continued teaching as adjunct faculty for Chemeketa until Summer 2018.  During my time at Chemeketa, I taught math, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.  In addition to teaching at Chemeketa, I taught adjunct physics and astronomy at Linn Benton Community College from 2012 to 2014. During this time, I served as an observer and mentor for student teachers (through Western Governors University) beginning their careers in secondary education. In 2014, I began teaching part-time here at PCC.

In Spring of 2015, I was hired as a full-time temporary physics and astronomy instructor under the Oregon NASA Space Grant to develop and teach three online astronomy courses: The Solar System (PHY 121 DL), Stars and Stellar Evolution (PHY 122 DL), and Galaxies & Cosmology (PHY 123 DL).  In Fall of 2016, I was hired as a full-time tenure-track physics and astronomy instructor.

I am now Faculty Department Chair of Physical Sciences here at PCC Sylvania and PCC’s Online Physical Science Mentor.  Since 2015 I have worked closely with the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium which provides scholarships and research opportunities to undergraduates. I plan continue my education in the near future by applying and completing a science-related Ph.D. part-time by 2025.

My Academic Background
  • MS, Chemical & Life Sciences (University of Maryland), 2014
  • MS, Astronomy (Swinburne Institute for Astrophysics – Australia), 2003
  • Secondary Teacher Education (Sonoma State University), 1998
  • BS, Physics, Minors: Mathematics & Astronomy, (Sonoma State University), 1997
My Interests Outside of Teaching

When not at PCC, I spend most of my time with my family and close friends.  My hobbies include reading (science fiction, history of science, history in general), gardening, traveling, star gazing, and gaming (board & PC).

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