Faculty

Christine M. Carmichael
Christine Carmichael is Professor of Physics and Chair of the Sciences Department, who also has been known to teach mathematics, astronomy and physical science.  She has taught physics and mathematics at Woodbury University for 10 years.  Prior to coming to Woodbury, she did research and development in the aerospace industry, working on satellites under contract for the United States Air Force.  Recently she developed a new laboratory course in physics for non-architecture students. This course offers a conceptual overview of non-Newtonian physics, including relativity and quantum mechanics.  The course was designed during a sabbatical in 2008.  As an Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies Senior Fellow, Dr. Carmichael is doing research into the role of tactile-kinesthetic methods in the teaching of abstract concepts in physics, for example, how a person’s ability to solve a problem can be influenced by how he or she moves.  She is working to find practical methods that will optimize the development of the neuron-networks to enhance student learning.  She is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America.

Education: B.Sc. and Dip.Ed., University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
christine.carmichael@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5119

Nageswar Rao Chekuri
Nageswar Rao Chekuri is Professor of Physics.
Education: M.Sc., Vikram University, India; M.S., Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ed. D., University of Cincinnati.
rao.chekuri@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5140

Barbara Hunt
Barbara Hunt is Adjunct Professor of Biology and teaches a variety of interdisciplinary classes including Life Science, Human Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology and Health. She is an experienced instructor on the collegiate level and enjoys explaining and clarifying difficult concepts as well as being a facilitator for learning.  She strives to empower her students by providing a variety of creative instructional strategies so that student success is achieved in academic theory and in laboratory explorations.  She has been involved in course development including the class Climate Change and Human Adaptation.  Her involvement in SENCER on the national level has been active as a participant, speaker, and presenter on climate change and SALG Assessment.  Currently she facilitated student research on childhood obesity in the Los Angeles area.

Prof. Hunt is personally involved in many service-oriented volunteer activities.  She has been a patient liaison and health educator for UCLA Medical Center and Hospital in Clinical AIDS Research and Education.  She did three years Peace Corp service in Ghana, where she used her former business skills as a CEO to assist others in small business development.  She also spent a year developing the AIDS/HIV training program for all new volunteers coming into West Africa.  She is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Malawi, teaching biology and biological education. In the future, she looks forward to continuing her creative teaching assignments at the university level and to exposing students to the exciting world of biological science.

Education: B.A. and M.A., California State University at Los Angeles; college teaching credentials and numerous certificates from the Dolan DNA Learning Center.
barbara.hunt@woodbury.edu

Raymond Bergstrom
Raymond Bergstrom has been teaching college physics since 2009. At Woodbury, he teaches physics for artchitects and environmental studies. Ray is currently developing a curriculum for a course on the physics of music and sound. When not teaching, he plays music professionally in Los Angeles and around the country. 
Education: B.S. Physics and M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University; M.S. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles. 

Phillip E. Pack
Phillip E. Pack is Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., University of Southern California; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
phil.pack@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5141