Contact Information

Taylor Hall 105
330-263-2214 (voice)
330-263-2516 (fax)
slehman at


In the physics department, we deliberately cultivate breadth and variety in our teaching, so all of the physics faculty can and do teach most of the curriculum. As an experimentalist, I particularly enjoy teaching advanced lab courses, both our sophomore level Modern Physics lab, and the junior level Junior Independent Study. In addition to teaching critical thinking and lab skills, we use these courses to teach scientific writing. In addition to the lab courses, I frequently teach introductory Calculus Physics, Modern Physics, and upper-level courses in Quantum Mechanics and Condensed Matter.


My research is experimental condensed matter physics. Mostly, it is generally in the broad area of optoelectronics. In addition, I have been working on granular systems with Dr. Don Jacobs, investigating avalanches in a three-dimensional beadpile. More detail on the projects can be found on this page.


In my experience, most kids are naturally curious about how things work and why the world is the way that it is, even though they may not label their questions as physics! I want to encourage that curiosity and wonder! I still remember my grandfather taking an ordinary hair comb, charging it up, and using it to deflect a stream of water from a faucet. Our Wooster physics students have a wonderful set of outreach programs for local elementary schools, which they run themselves, as well as putting on the demo festival known as Science Day every spring. I also participate in a number of different outreach activities for local kids -- a little info and great pictures can be found on this page.

Professional Background

 2017 -  now   Victor J. Andrew Professor of Physics, College of Wooster

 2009 - 2017   Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Physics, College of Wooster

 2003 - 2009   Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, College of Wooster

 2000 - 2003   Post-doctoral fellow in (what was then) the Optoelectronics Division at NIST-Boulder

   1999    Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

   1996    M.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

   1993    B.A. in Physics (Women's Studies minor) from Goshen College