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About Delena Bell Gatch

During my Ph.D. program and as a post doctorial assistant at the University of Georgia, I specialized in experimental condensed matter physics. My research ventures have included: the study of the properties of powder phosphors for flat panel displays, the development of new infrared detection schemes utilizing visible emission from crystals, and the investigation of the shifts in energy levels of crystals due to the application of hydrostatic pressure. Since joining the faculty at Georgia Southern University, I have developed a strong interest in Physics Education Research. Some of my recent ventures include: evaluating the implementation of electronic homework, developing and assessing inquiry based lessons for physics instruction, and investigating Georgia Southern Physics Department’s conversion from traditional lecture and laboratory courses to studio physics courses. Currently, I am investigating students’ motivation in various programs across the university as well as new faculties’ experiences in developing student centered instruction.


2015 Present Affiliate, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University
2011 Present Associate Professor, Physics, College of Science and Mathematics, Georgia Southern University Department of Physics

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award (2013-2014)
  • Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction (2011-2012)
  • Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology Award of Excellence in Teaching (2009-2010)
  • Governor’s Teaching Fellow (2009-2010)


  • Conversations with Professors (FYE 1000)
  • University Orientation (GSU 1210)
  • Physics Lab I (PHYS 1113)
  • Physics Lab II (PHYS 1114)
  • Introduction to Physics I (Trigonometry-Based Mechanics) (PHYS 1111)
  • Introduction to Physics II (Trigonometry-Based Electricity and Magnetism) (PHYS 1112)
  • Principles of Physics I (Calculus-Based Mechanics) (PHYS 2211)
  • Principles of Physics II (Calculus-Based Electricity and Magnetism) (PHYS 2212)
  • Modern Physics I (PHYS 3536)
  • Modern Physics II (PHYS 3537)
  • Thermal Physics (PHYS 5530)
  • Studies in Physics for Secondary Teachers (PHYS 5536G)
  • Standard Based Science for High School Teachers (ESED 7090)

Contact Information

PO Box 8031
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-7354
Office: 2026, Math and Physics Building

Journal Articles (5)

Invited Talks (5)

Workshops Conducted (9)

Conference Presentations (27)