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Teaching Excellence Award recipient Dr. James P. Sheerin
College of Arts and Sciences - Physics and Astronomy

by Emma Krzyzaniak, Published October 2, 2013


In 1980, after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Purdue University, Sheerin received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. He has enjoyed nearly 40 years of contributions in the field of plasma physics with applications to space physics and fusion energy.

From 1980 to 1986, Sheerin was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Additionally, Sheerin has held guest lectureships at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, the International School for Plasma Physics in Varenna, Italy and the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Ionosphere (IZMIRAN) Moscow.

In 1986, he joined KMS Fusion, where he became the Founding Director for Research Programs and a Principal Scientist in the National Inertial Confinement Fusion Program. Lastly, in 1991, he joined the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Eastern Michigan University. He values handon learning, so from its inception, in 2000, Sheerin has been a regular faculty member of the annual Polar Aeronomy and Radio Science Summer School at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, sponsoring and supporting the participation of twenty-five EMU students in hands-on research using the largest space radars in the world.

Additionally, since 1982, Sheerin has been a visiting scientist at the Arecibo Observatory and he has served on the Arecibo Observatory Science Advisory Committee and as a member of the NSF Commission on HF Upper Atmosphere Research Facilities. He is currently a permanent member and past chair of the steering committee for the U.S. National Ionospheric Interactions Program, a joint NSF-DoD program. He also is the Affiliate Director of the NASA Michigan Space Grant Consortium for Eastern Michigan University. Sheerin has received supporting grants from NSF Atmospheric Sciences and Astronomy Divisions, NASA-HQ, NASA-MSGC, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.



Join us in celebrating James's accomplishment at the 53rd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, November 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250.