James M. Mooney
B.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Wesleyan University
Independence Foundation Teaching Chair
Work Phone: 860-945-7834
Year Appointed: 1985
Jim received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in physics from Boston University in 1971. He attended graduate school at Wesleyan University and received his doctoral degree in 1977, following completion of his thesis on quantum field theory. He spent nine years at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, where he taught physics, coached basketball and track, and assisted in the dormitory, before joining the Taft faculty.
At Taft, Jim has taught all levels of physics as well as an elective course in electronics. He has involved many Taft students in various engineering competitions, including the National Engineering Design Challenge, the JETS/Teams Competition, and the Boston University Engineering Design Competition. For 20 years, Jim taught summer workshops at the Taft Educational Center. He has published three books designed to help students better prepare for the AP exam, and is the author of the physics text used by introductory students at Taft.
Jim lives with his wife, Catherine, and granddaughter, Molly, in Watertown, and enjoys spending the summer months at his house in Newport, Rhode Island.