Dr. Jason Best
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Director, Shepherd University Observatory

Dr. Best

I am a Professor in the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences at Shepherd University, and the university's astronomer overseeing the Shepherd University Observatory. I teach 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 currently serve in a number of additional capacities, including:

President, West Virginia Academy of Science
Faculty Representative, Shepherd University Board of Governors
Member, Board of Directors, Shepherd University Foundation
Alternate Faculty Representative, West Virginia Advisory Council of Faculty


My office hours during the academic year are MWF 9a-11a. If you need to meet with me outside of these times, you will need to make an appointment.


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


"Professor offers 'best' in astronomy classes" feature on WV EPSCoR-funded,
PBS-broadcast "Mountain State Science" series (with video and audio links)




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