Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sciences
John W. Jewett Jr., Ph.D.
(B.S. Physics, 1969)
Emeritus Professor of Physics
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. John W. Jewett Jr. received his B.S. in physics from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1969, and went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Ohio State University. As a teaching assistant at OSU, he developed new and effective techniques for teaching, and was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973. After graduation, he joined the faculty at Stockton State College, where his high-quality teaching was again recognized with the Stockton State College Merit Award in 1980.
In 1984, Dr. Jewett joined the faculty of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, where he and a colleague earned two major awards from the National Science Foundation for projects aimed at improving high school physics teaching in Southern California. Dr. Jewett then developed and directed the Science Institute for Modern Pedagogy and Creative Teaching at Cal Poly, using grant awards from national and local sources. He was honored with the Outstanding Professor Award in 1991, was invited to become a scholar in the National Faculty in 1996, and earned the prestigious Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1998.
Dr. Jewett has also made his mark in print: his text Physics for Scientists and Engineers is currently the best-selling physics textbook in the country. He has published two other books and continues to be a regular contributor to The Physics Teacher, the American Journal of Physics, and the Journal of College Science Teaching. Through these written articles and over 90 professional presentations, he has continued to spread the word about creative ideas in physics teaching.