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Dr. James Ora Manning
Professor of Physics

J. Manning


After first earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics at University of the Cumberlands in 1981, Dr. James Manning attended the University of Kentucky, completing an M.S. in Physics in 1983 and a Ph.D. in 1987. That same year, he returned to University of the Cumberlands to teach and, ten years later, in 1997, he was recognized for outstanding achievement when he was presented with the Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Manning is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, the Kentucky Association of Physics, and the Society of Physics Students, as well as Sigma Pi Sigma and Kappa Mu Epsilon, the physics and mathematics honor societies.

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PHYS 330 Classical Physics
  • PHYS 332 Experimental Physics
  • PHYS 337 Instrumentation and Analog Electronics
  • PHYS 410 Science and Society
  • PHYS 431 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 436 Lasers
  • PHYS 490 Selected Topics in Physics: Electromagnetism II
  • PHYS 490 Selected Topics in Physics: Introductory Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 490 Selected Topics in Physics: Robotics

Publications and Presentations

J.O. Manning, "Physics: Motion, Interaction, and Energy," (text for the Physics I course), Williamsburg, Kentucky, August 2001.

J.O. Manning, "A Physics Web Using Windows Technology," presented at Teaching and Learning, Tools and Teaching Conference, Berea, Kentucky, November 1998.

J.O. Manning and L.A. Newquist, "Undergraduate Physics at Cumberland College," poster presented at Building Undergraduate Physics Programs for the 21st Century, Arlington, Virginia, October 1998.

M. Crescimanno et. al., "Teaching in Technology", Appalachian College Consortium sponsored grant, 1997-1999.