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Spotlight Johnny Holmes

School of Sciences: SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Johnny B. Holmes

Title: Professor of Physics.

Length of service at CBU: Dr. Holmes has been teaching at CBU since 1976.

Courses taught: Dr. Holmes regularly teaches Physics I, II, & III (PHYS 150, 251, & 252) and their labs, Solid State Physics (PHYS 353), and Advanced Mechanics I & II (PHYS 380 & 381).

Other courses taught recently: Intro to Physics I & II and their labs (PHYS 201 & 202), and Intro to Astronomy and its lab (NSCI 111).

Formal Education: Dr. Holmes has a B.S. in Physics from Rockhurst College (Kansas City) and a Masters and Ph.D. (both in Physics) from the University of Miami (Florida).

Background: Dr. Holmes grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. He played baseball as a left handed pitcher during the summers while growing up and continued playing in high school and college. He worked for his father in drywall construction during the summers of high school and college. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children: Brent (born 1990), and Catherine (born 1994).

Professional interests: Dr. Holmes is interested in effective and enjoyable education. In 1981 he began writing computer programs on an Apple II to aid in his teaching. He has continued this effort and now, in collaboration with Dr. John Varriano, has 52 computer homework programs for use in the Physics I, II and III courses and in the Introductory Physics I and II courses. Dr. Holmes has developed about 600 powerpoint slides for each of the lower level courses he teaches that serve as a (free) textbook. Dr. Holmes has collaborated with the rest of the Physics Department to write up lab experiments for the lower level lab courses that are available (for free) on the web. In 1989, Dr. Holmes was the first winner of the Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching at CBU, and he was the winner of this award in 2017.

Service: Dr. Holmes served for 19 years as Dean of the School of Sciences (from 1997 to 2016). Before serving as Dean, he served as Chair of the Physics and Natural Science Department for 18 years. He has served as President of the Faculty Assembly twice. He has served on many committees at CBU including several as the chair. Dr. Holmes also has served at Holy Rosary Catholic School where his two children attended, twice as a volunteer head coach (soccer) and many times as a volunteer assistant coach (soccer, basketball, softball, and baseball).

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