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Dr. Tim Head

Associate Professor Department of Engineering and Physics



  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physics, 2007
  • MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physics, 2002

Honors & Achievements

  • 2011-2012 Classroom Teaching Award, Abilene Christian University College of Arts and Sciences, 2012


  • Tim Head grew up in Van Horn, TX. In 1996 he graduated from the Texas academy of Mathematics and Science at University of North Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2000. In 2002 he finished a master’s degree in physics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2007, he completed a Ph.D. in solid state physics at University of Illinois. His thesis was entitled “Probing the Superconducting Gap of Pb with ballistic phonons.” In 2007 he moved with his wife Courtney to Abilene and began teaching at Abilene Christian University where he is currently employed. In 2009 his son Timothy Campbell was born. In 2014 he took a sabbatical working with Ludlum Measurements, Inc. to design radiation detectors. His current projects include continued work with Ludlum Measurements, and collaboration with others on various ion-beam and energy detection research.

Scholarly Presentations

  • Head, T. (2016) Re-imagining Radiation Detection, Adam's Center Faculty Renewal Leave Presentation, Abilene, TX, 2016
  • Head, T. (2015) SiPM radiation detection, Private meeting with Ludlum Measurements Staff, Sweetwater, TX, 2015
  • Head, T. (2015) Science outreach activities, Science Outreach with SPS National Council at H-street festival, Washington, DC, 2015

Professional Service

  • Society of Physics Students, Officer, Other Officer, 2011 - 2017
  • Adopt a Physicist, Other, 2015

Community Service

  • Upward Basketball, Other, 2016 - present
  • ACS 1st grade electricityy workshop, Workshop Organizer, 2015
  • Big Country Astronomy Club, Member, 2010 - present
  • Minter Lane Church of Christ, Committee Chair, 2010 - present

Campus Service

  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Other, 2016 - present
  • Physics Curriculum Committee, Committee Member, 2015 - present
  • Society of Physics Students Faculty Advisor, Faculty Advisor, 2015 - present

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