Curriculum Vitae

D R .   D O U G L A S    C .    P E A R S O N   J R .
Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Tusculum University
P.O. Box 5020, 60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN 37743
Academic email: cpearson at tusculum dot edu
Pe(a)rsonal email: chuck dot pearson at gmail dot com


  • B.S. (Physics), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN), May 1993
  • Ph.D. (Biophysics), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), December 1999
    • Doctoral research in computational biology and photosynthesis; dissertation entitled “Brownian dynamics study of the interaction between cytochrome f and mobile electron transfer proteins”; advised by Dr. Elizabeth L. Gross
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama-Birmingham 1999-2000
    • in the laboratory of Stephen Harvey (now Professor Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology)

F A C U L T Y   E M P L O Y M E N T

  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Middle Georgia College (Cochran, GA) 2000-2003
    • Teaching of general education science courses, freshman level courses in chemistry, and freshman/sophomore level courses in physics
      (courses including both traditional college students and students in the Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences – GAMES)
  • Assistant Professor of Physics and Chemistry, Shorter College (Rome, GA) 2003-2009
  • Associate Professor of Physics and Chemistry, Shorter University* 2009-2011
    • Teaching of freshman/sophomore level courses in physics (and upperclassman courses in physical chemistry through 2010) and online courses in general science; additional teaching responsibilities as needed to fill holes in course coverage; undergraduate research and independent study mentoring; various faculty mentoring responsibilities
      *Name change to Shorter University on June 1, 2010
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Virginia Intermont College (Bristol, VA) 2011-2014
    • Sole faculty in charge of teaching of service courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics in support of biology and physical education/pre-physical therapy majors; maintenance and inventory of all stock and equipment relevant to teaching of chemistry and physics laboratories
      Member of Honors Council and additional teaching in service to the Honors Program (2012-2014); chair of Honors Council (2013-2014)
  • Instructor of Physics, Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) 2014-2016
    • Algebra-based physics teaching specialist; duties associated with algebra-based physics lectures – including instruction in Tennessee Tech’s novel Learning Environment for Algebra-Based Physics (LEAP) curriculum – and algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics labs
  • Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Tusculum University (Greeneville, TN) since 2016*
    • Diverse responsibilities over teaching and curriculum in major discipline courses in chemistry (general chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry), service courses (general physics), and general education courses (general biology, physical science); further teaching responsibilities as dictated by institutional needs
      *Name change from Tusculum College to Tusculum University on July 1, 2018

A D J U N C T   E M P L O Y M E N T

  • Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry, Virginia Highlands Community College (Abingdon, VA), June 2013
    • Teaching a single month-long lecture/lab in general chemistry

R E F E R E E D   P U B L I C A T I O N S

  • D.C. Pearson Jr., E.L. Gross, and E.S. David. 1996. The electrostatic properties of cytochrome f: implications for docking with plastocyanin. Biophysical Journal 71:64-76
  • D.C. Pearson Jr. and E.L. Gross. 1998. Brownian dynamics study of the interaction between plastocyanin and cytochrome f. Biophysical Journal 75:2698-2711
  • E.L. Gross and D.C. Pearson Jr. 2003. Brownian dynamics simulations of the interaction of Chlamydomonas cytochrome f with plastocyanin and cytochrome c6. Biophysical Journal 85:2043-2059
  • L. Gogia and D.C. Pearson Jr. 2018. A connected learning approach to general STEM education: design and reality. In C. Sorensen-Unruh and T. Gupta (eds.), Communicating Chemistry through Social Media. Washington, DC: ACS Books.

O P E N   P U B L I C A T I O N S

  • “Just Listen: Empathy and Science Pedagogy.” In The Open Faculty Patchbook. 2017: Fleming College Learning Design and Support Team

P R O F E S S I O N A L   P R E S E N T A T I O N S

  • “Using common learning management systems for online homework design in mathematics and physical sciences.” October 26, 2013; Appalachian College Association Summit XVI, Knoxville, TN
  • “Open educational practices and course redesign in the sciences.” September 29, 2017; Appalachian College Association Summit XX, Kingsport, TN
  • With Keegan Long-Wheeler: “Online Lab Science: Curriculum and Open Conversation.” April 19, 2018; Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2018, Nashville, TN
  • “Open online laboratory science.” May 22, 2018: Transforming Teaching and Technology at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
  • “Open online laboratory science: Designing online science teaching for openness, exploration and permanence.” September 28, 2018: Appalachian College Association Summit XXI, Kingsport, TN
  • “Designing physical science instruction online for openness, permanence and exploration.” October 1, 2018: Open Education Southern Symposium, Fayetteville, AR


T E A C H I N G   E X P E R I E N C E

  • Interdisciplinary Science sequence (SCIN 1105/1106 at Middle Georgia College)
  • Survey of Natural Science (NAS 1510 at Shorter, taught online, solely responsible for curriculum development and addition to catalog)
  • Physical Science one-semester survey (NSCI 105/105L at Tusculum, responsible for development of online offering, launched Spring 2018)
  • Physical Science sequence (PHYS 1011/1012 at Middle Georgia College)
  • Survey of Chemistry sequence (CHEM 1151/1152 at Middle Georgia College)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 1211 at Middle Georgia College; CHEM 101 at VI, CHM 111 at Virginia Highlands, CHEM 101/101L at Tusculum)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 1212 at Middle Georgia College, CHEM 102 at VI, CHEM 102/102L at Tusculum)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 211 at VI)
  • Organic Chemistry sequence (CHEM 311/312 at VI; CHEM 203/203L/204/204L at Tusculum)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CHE 4010 at Shorter; anticipate teaching CHEM 411 at Tusculum in Fall 2019)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CHE 4020 at Shorter; CHEM 412 at Tusculum)
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 411L at Tusculum)
  • Biochemistry, senior-level non-laboratory sequence (CHE 4110/4120 at Shorter)
  • General Biology I (BIO 1010 at Shorter, BIOL 110/110L at Tusculum)
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 315/315L at Tusculum)
  • Biochemistry, one-semester survey (BIOL 321/321L or CHEM 301/301L at Tusculum, taught 2016-2017 with lab and currently without)
  • Astronomy (now PHY 1500, previously as Special Topics in Physics; PHY 1990 at Shorter; taught online, solely responsible for curriculum development and addition to catalog)
  • General/Algebra-Based Physics sequence (PHYS 1111/1112 at Middle Georgia College; PHY 1030/1040 at Shorter; PHYS 201/202 at VI; PHYS 2010/2020 at Tennessee Tech)
  • Calculus-Based Physics sequence (PHYS 2211/2212 at Middle Georgia College; PHYS 2111/2121 (lab only) at Tennessee Tech)
  • Modern Physics (2 credit hours, no lab, for secondary education; PHY 2100 at Shorter)
  • Tusculum Experience (freshman orientation course, OREN 105 at Tusculum)
  • Honors Seminar (HUM 105 at VI; HNRS 245 at Tusculum)

C O L L E G E   A N D   A C A D E M I C   S E R V I C E
at Tusculum College

  • Admissions and Standards Committee (from 2017)

for Virtually Connecting (as Tusculum College faculty)

  • Onsite support for livestreamed conference conversations at the Open Education Conference (Richmond, VA) in November 2016 and at Innovate OSU (Columbus, OH) in April 2017
  • Social media support for livestreamed conference conversations consistently in 2017
    (see bio at

at Virginia Intermont College

  • Long-Range Planning Committee (2012-2014)
  • Honors Council – one of a group of four governing faculty for the Virginia Intermont Honors Program, specific role in academic policies and advising (2012-2014; chair from Fall 2013)
  • Advising responsibilities across concentrations within the biology major (2012-2014)
  • Faculty search committee for mathematics (Summer 2012)
  • Student Activities Director search committee (Summer 2013)
  • Assistant to provost for transfer and teach-out support (Spring 2014)

for the Appalachian College Association (as Virginia Intermont faculty)

  • Nominated as instructional faculty, ACA Teaching and Learning Institute
    (2014; unable to fulfill owing to deteriorating institutional status)
  • Chair/Summit organizer, Science Group of the ACA (2013)
  • Co-chair, Science Group of the ACA (2012)

for OpenStax/Connexions (as Virginia Intermont faculty)

  • Expert reviewer, OpenStax College Physics OER textbook (released 2012)

at Shorter College / Shorter University

  • Online course development for Natural Sciences and inservice best-practices training (through The Learning House, Inc.; 2010-2011)
  • Periodic faculty trainer for Moodle LMS use and best-practices (2008-2010)
  • Pre-pharmacy advisor (2006-2011)
  • Teaching/Learning Technology Roundtable (2009-2011)
  • Educational Policy Committee (2010-2011)
  • SACS Compliance Audit Task Force (2009-2010)
  • Evaluations Committee (2004-2007; chair 2005-2007)
  • Professional Development and Evaluations Committee (2007-2008)
  • Liberal Arts Council (2008-2009)
  • Freshman advisor (2004-2006; additional freshman advising support as required)
  • Faculty advisor for multiple student organizations (Shorter Academic Bowl, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Wesley Foundation)
  • Beta-testing for Moodle LMS adoption (Summer/Fall 2007)
  • Organizer of a workshop for seniors preparing to present their capstone/senior seminar presentations (2005-2007, 2009-2010)
  • Various faculty search and new faculty mentoring activities within the Department of Natural Science (consistently from 2005-2011)
  • Support for a wide variety of faculty at Shorter in their courses, including but not limited to: Cell Biology, Botany, History and Philosphy of Science and Mathematics, Honors Seminar

at Middle Georgia College

  • Faculty search committees for computer science and chemistry positions (2002)
  • Pre-medicine advisor (2001-2003)
  • Curriculum committee (2000-2001, 2002-2003)
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics program review (2002-2003)

C O M M U N I T Y   I N V O L V E M E N T

  • Involvement within the greater scholastic bowl/quiz bowl community at local, regional/state and national levels
    • Member and Vice President of Outreach, Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE; from August 2018)
    • Staffer for PACE National Scholastic Championship (most recently in Reston, VA, June 2018)
    • Staffer for NAQT High School National Championships, consistently since 2015 (most recently in Atlanta, May 2018)
    • Staffer for NAQT Middle School National Championship (Dallas, TX), consistently since 2017 (most recently in Chicago, May 2018)
    • Staffer, Tennessee Science Bowl (Pellissippi State/Friendsville, TN), consistently since February 2016
    • Staffer/statistics coordinator/Tennessee representative for HSAPQ National All-Star Academic Tournament (Columbus, OH), June 2015
    • Consistent engagement with faculty advisors for scholastic bowl throughout Region 2D (formerly Region 2A-West or Region 1D) since Fall 2011
    • Selected as quizmaster for VHSL State Championship, February 2014 (one of twelve selected across the state of Virginia)
    • Science instructor and staff for ACE Quizbowl Camps, July 2013 (compensated)
    • Faculty host for VHSL Clinch Mountain District Tournament at Virginia Intermont College, January 2013
    • Faculty host for elementary and middle-school quiz bowl for Floyd County Schools at Shorter College, 2004-2011; regional coordinator for Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Academic Bowl Region 1 middle school tournament, 2009-2011; member of PAGE Academic Bowl advisory board, 2010-2011
    • Tournament director for Shorter College High School Invitational, 2007-2009
    • Tournament director for Southeast Regional site of ACF Fall (collegiate) at Shorter College, November 2007
  • Homeschool science teaching support on multiple levels (from free one-time tutoring to teaching full high school-equivalent chemistry course during 2005/2006, 2007/2008, and 2009/2010 in Rome, GA; during 2012/2013 in Bristol, VA)
  • Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos astrophotography outreach program in cooperation with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Birthplace of Country Music, Virginia Middle School (Bristol, VA) and Vance Middle School (Bristol, TN), 2012/2013
  • Rome City Schools Young Scholars’ Program for science enrichment; Shorter College faculty host, June 2006, June 2007, June 2008