Welcome to Rod Lee’s Home Page!
Welcome to my home page! Below 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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