Robert Swanson

Bob Swanson

Robert Swanson


241 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Bob Swanson is an Instructor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Mississippi State University.

Teaching Areas

  • PH 1013 Physical Science Survey I
  • PH 1021 Physics Science Lab II


  • M.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • Secondary Education Certification, Shippensburg University, PA, 1995
  • B.S., Physics and Philosophy with minor in Math, University of Scranton, PA, 1992


  • 2019-present: Instructor, Mississippi State University
  • 2015-2019: Lead Online Instructor, Itawamba Community College, MS
  • 2009-2014: Instructor, Itawamba Community College, MS
  • 2009-2010: Science Teacher, Shannon High School, MS
  • 2005-2009: Assistant Weather Editor, USA TODAY
  • 1999-2005: Broadcast meteorologist, WTAJ, KHBS/KHOG, WJHL
  • 1995-1997: Science Teacher, Bohemia Manor High School, MD
  • 1997: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University

Recent Publications

  • Right Place, Right Time, Right Size – Engaging Eclipse Activities for Elementary Students Article in Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2019
  • No, Dog, No! Assessing Moon Phase Misconceptions Using Children’s Literature Article in Journal and Review of Astronomical Education and Outreach, Vol. 1, No. 1 pp. B35-37 2014
  • Summer highlights deck danger, Feature story in USA TODAY, June 11, 2008

Selected Presentations at Conferences/Workshops

Stormin’ Bob Swanson, The Singing Weatherman, presents “Music and Meteorology”, A weather program that has been presented to hundreds of school and community groups Stormin' Bob Swanson Website

The Ringmakers of Saturn, Spring 2018 ICC Backyard Astronomy Event

I Can’t Believe I Believed That – Facts and Fallacies in Physics and Astronomy, Presentation for Fall 2017 ICC Backyard Astronomy event

Using HTML5 Simulations to Teach Conceptual Physical Science, Presentation at the 2016 AAPT summer meeting in Sacramento, CA, 2016

Wonders of the Winter Night Sky, Astronomy program for ICC Backyard Astronomy event, 2013

Painting the Clouds with Sunshine: A History of Jazz Banjo, Presentation at the 2012 AAPT winter meeting in New Orleans, LA, 2013

Honors/Professional Activities