PhD, Wesleyan University
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. Before joining the Taft faculty, he spent nine years at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, where he taught physics, coached basketball and track, and assisted in the dormitory. 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 TSA/Teams Competition, the Boston University Engineering Design Competition, the Yale Physics Olympics, and the Connecticut Science Olympiad 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 he is the author of the introductory physics text used by students at Taft. Jim lives with his wife, Catherine, and granddaughter, Molly, in Bethany, and he enjoys spending the summer months working on his house and having the extra time to play the guitar and banjo.