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Jonathan M. Kessler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

jkessler@semo.edu
573.651.2387
Office:  RH319A


I want every student to be elevated to success, despite the challenge of grabbing the attention of a 60 person lecture. I can still remember, as a student, watching the clock and waiting for the moment that I could leave class. In contrast, I try to make as many of my classes the type that make a student think, "Wow, are we done already!"

What area do you teach?

Physics and Engineering

Education/Degree(s)

B.S. in Mathematics, Engineering Physics, & Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University, 2010
Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, 2015

Your philosophy of teaching:

I measure my success as an instructor on the performance of my entire class. I want every student to be elevated to success, despite the challenge of grabbing the attention of a 60 person lecture. I can still remember, as a student, watching the clock and waiting for the moment that I could leave class. In contrast, I try to make as many of my classes the type that make a student think, "Wow, are we done already!"

Why did you decide to teach?

My father was a coal miner, and my mother was a beautician. They pushed me to find a career path outside of the mines. Southeast Missouri State University provided me with a quality education and the experience that I needed to discover my true potential and calling. Now I want to do the same for the current students at Southeast.

Credentials/career path

After completing my dissertation at Washington University in St. Louis, I worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Washington University School of Medicine. I studied diseases associated with cilia and flagella.

Organization with which you are involved

Biophysics Society
SEMO Physics & Engineering Club
Sigma Pi Sigma - National Physics Honor Society
National Society of Leadership & Success
Phi Kappa Phi - National Interdisciplinary Honor Society

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article/comments?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1005508

Best advice for students

No one can teach you as much as you can learn.

Contact

573.651.2167
pcrawford@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 306
Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701