BS in Physics, University of Florida
PhD in Physics, Clemson University
Dr. John Tompkins grew up in Lakeland and graduated from Lakeland Senior High School. After that, he went to the University of Florida and studied physics. His senior project involved the production of holograms. His graduate research at Clemson was a theoretical analysis of the contribution of two phonons in the accommodation coefficient of the scattering of neutral gas atoms from a tungsten surface. After his graduation in 1975, Dr. Tompkins taught at Florida Southern College for six years before being called to become involved with his family’s business. He has taught here at SEU since 2010.
When he is not in the classroom, you can probably find him on the tennis courts trying to sharpen his forehand. Dr. Tompkins feels blessed to be at SEU with the quality of the faculty and student body.
Dr. Tompkins teaches General Physics I and II, Astronomy, Physical Science and some math classes.