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Mr. David A Linton, Instructor

Office: 2460 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-6345

I am in my second stint as a college astronomy faculty member. 32 years of teaching Astronomy (and some Physics and Mathematics) ended with my (first) retirement in 2002. After a brief period of concentration on business and financial interests, I returned to my first professional love, as I was hired by EIU to teach Astronomy (and some Physics) in 2004.

I sincerely believe that any future teacher should complete an introductory course in Astronomy - this is a subject that can be used in a multitude of disciplines - for writing assignments in English, for examples in Mathematics, for Historical examples of the interaction between science and society, as a foundation for understanding principles applying to many Physical Sciences, and as material that may be used for engaging and inspiring students. 

Frequently Taught Courses

Introductory Astronomy (PHY 1055, PHY 1056)

Honors Astronomy (PHY 1095, PHY 1096)


Bowling Green University, B.S. in Physics, 1968

University of New Mexico, M.S. in Astrophysics, 1971

Professional Organizations

Outstanding Community College Faculty Member, 1987

Who's Who in American Higher Education

Fellow, Great Lakes Planetarium Association



Planetarium Education

Teaching Under a Dark Night Sky

Funding & Grants

Illinois Professor of the Year, 1988 (Committee for the Advancement and Support of Education)

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Contact Information

Physics Department

Physical Sciences Building Room 2131
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3220
Fax: (217) 581-8548

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