George F. Spagna, Jr.

Associate Professor and former Chair,
Department of Physics

Director, Keeble Observatory

member: Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church

scholar member:Metanexus Institute

Past President (2000): Virginia Conference,
American Association of University Professors

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Dr. Spagna joined the Randolph-Macon faculty as Assistant Professor of Physics in 1986. He was previously Lecturer in Astronomy at Rensselaer for the 1985-86 academic year, and Lecture Demonstrator in the Physics Department at Rensselear from 1979 through 1985. He has supervised the activities of the Keeble Observatory since 1986, including extensive upgrades to the facility and its instrumentation, and was named its Director in 1989.

He became chair of the Physics Department in 1991, a role he filled through the 2006-2007 academic year, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Physics in 1992. He is author or co-author of papers in the Physics Teacher, the American Journal of Physics, Computer Physics Communications, Icarus, the Astrophysical Journal, and the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transport. He has also made presentations at national and regional meetings and conferences of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Astronomical Society.

Dr. Spagna has served as an elected member of the Faculty committees on Resources and Plans, College Life, Curriculum, the Committee on the Faculty, and as faculty representative to the President's Cabinet. He has also served on the Minority Affairs Committee, the Computer Advisory Committee, and search committees in Physics, Accounting, and Sociology.

In 2001, he was elected to the Commission on Ministry (now known as the Committee on Priesthood) of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, which advises those seeking ordination to the priesthood, and advised the Bishop of Virginia on matters relating to the ordination process. He has subsequently been reappointed by the Bishop for a series of one-year terms on the Committee.

Dr. Spagna was elected in May of 2004 to a four-year term on the Ashland Town Council, and reelected in May 2008. His term runs through June 2012. He was elected by Council to serve as Vice Mayor from July 2010 through June 2012.

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