Perry Tompkins


Perry A. Tompkins is the Dean of Science and Mathematics and a professor of physics at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar Missouri, a small rural town located close to Springfield Missouri. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Tompkins serves as the FPA for SBU, and is the faculty advisor to the student-led International Club. He is an AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) representative to the IACPE (Inter-American Council of Physics Education.) His current work involves physics education in Latin America.

Prior to coming to SBU Dr. Tompkins spent 10 years as a physics professor, and part of the time as chair of physics at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama. During his time as a professor he was a Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador where he taught multiple classes on computer-based instrumentation, a hybrid topic between physics, computer science and engineering. He was based in Cuenca Ecuador, at the University of Cuenca and also taught at ESPOL in Guayaquil.

Prior to academia, Dr. Tompkins worked in the aerospace industry at ITT Aerospace in Fort Wayne Indiana, where he worked on POES and GOES weather satellite cameras. Dr. Tompkins received his PhD and Masters from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1990. His thesis was on the Injector for the SSC (Superconducting Super Collider.)