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Physics and Astronomy
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #11077
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1077
Phone: 270-745-4357
Fax: 270-745-2014

Dr. Scott Bonham

Dr. Scott Bonham

Associate Professor & Center for Faculty Development Faculty Teaching Fellow

Office:  217 Thompson Complex Center Wing / Garrett Conference Center 205A
Phone:  (270) 745-6196 / (270) 745-4621


  • Physics 256 – University Physics I Laboratory
  • Physics 215 – Seminar for Physics Learning Assistants
  • Physics 201 – College Physics I
  • Physics 180/181 – Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Physics 103 – Light, Color and Vision


My research is in the learning and teaching of Physics and related areas.  My interests lie in helping students become more engaged in their learning, developing reasoning skills and communicating their understanding.  I have led a departmental revision of the University Physics I Laboratory curriculum and evaluated it, have looked at effective ways of teaching technical writing in the lab, and am interested in helping all types of science students develop a better understanding of how scientific knowledge is developed and evaluated.  In the past I have worked with web-based tools for engaging and assessing student understanding.

Professional Interests:

  • Increasing student engagement in STEM education
  • Student ability to make and evaluate scientific claims


Post Doc North Carolina State University University Physics Education 1997-2000
Ph.D. University of Illinois Physics (Thin Films and Surface Science) 1997
M.S. University of Illinois Physics 1991
B.S. Case Western Reserve University Physics 1989

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