Dr. Jason Best
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives

Dr. Best

What I'm Doing Now

I am a Professor in the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences at Shepherd University, and the university's astrophysicist (overseeing the Shepherd University Observatory and teaching numerous courses in astronomy, physics, and physical science). My primary research areas are the large-scale structure of the Universe, galaxy evolution, and the history of astronomy/astronomy education. I serve as the university's Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, focusing on the further development and enhancement of the institution's emerging research agenda. I am also a member of the American Council on Education Fellows Class of 2015-16.


I currently serve in a number of additional capacities, including:

Hub Leader (Shepherd U), Pulsar Search Collaboratory
Steering Committee Member and Campus Representative, West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team
Executive Committee Member, Shepherd University Foundation
Chair, Shepherd University Institutional Review Board
Alternate Faculty Representative, West Virginia Advisory Council of Faculty


My office hours during the academic year are MWF 9a-11a.


Dr. Jason Best named
Shepherd's Director of Strategic Research Initiatives


Dr. Jason Best reflects on 'illuminating'
American Council on Education Fellowship


Dr. Jason Best leads Shepherd's participation in
National Science Foundation-funded statewide science research project


Dr. Jason Best named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow
for Academic Year 2015-16


Dr. Jason Best featured in WV Higher Education Policy Commission
Division of Science and Research "Scientist Spotlight"


Dr. Jason Best and Shepherd University Astronomy featured on
"Mountain State Science" television series (video embedded below)




Dr. Jason Best featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education article
on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


address: Byrd Science Center 115, PO Box 5000, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

phone: 304-876-5331 | email: jbest [at] shepherd.edu | school: 304-876-5227 | fax: 304-876-5028