Dr. Jason Best
Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Strategic Partnerships
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Shepherd University

Dr. Best

What I'm Doing Now

I serve as Shepherd University's Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Strategic Partnerships, overseeing numerous institutional-level initiatives related to accreditation, distance education, and experiential education. In addition, I am the university's astrophysicist (overseeing the Shepherd University Observatory and teaching 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 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:

Peer Review Corps Member, Higher Learning Commission
Board Member, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative
Executive Committee Member, Shepherd University Foundation
Chair, Shepherd University Institutional Review Board
Alternate Faculty Representative, West Virginia Advisory Council of Faculty
Affiliate Member, WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology


My office hours during the academic year are M-R 4:00-4:30p or by appointment.


Dr. Jason Best featured on West Virginia Science & Research's
"Scientist Spotlight Video Series" (video embedded below)




State researchers meet to highlight accomplishments
and identify potential new scientific endeavors


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