Dr. Jordan D. McDonnell

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Dr. Jordan D. McDonnell

Assistant Professor of Physics

Office: LSF 103I
Phone: 843-661-1580

– Ph.D. in Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN), 2012.
– B.A. in Physics, Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), 2007.

Professional Experience
– Assistant Professor of Physics (2014 – Present), Francis Marion University, Florence, SC.
– Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2012 – 2014), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA.
– Graduate Research Assistant (2008 – 2012), University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
– Graduate Teaching Assistant (2007 – 2008), University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Teaching Interests
– Computational Physics Courses (PHYS 220, PHYS 406).
– Nuclear Physics (PHYS 316).
– Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 302).
– Technical Physics (PHYS 201L and PHYS 202L).
– General Physics (PHYS 216 and PHYS 216L).
– Introduction to Physical Science (PSCI 101 and PSCI 101L).

Research Interests
– Advancing the theory of nuclear forces.
– Advancing the theory of nuclear structure and nuclear fission.
– High-performance computing methods, including multi-processor and GPU computing.


FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in about 30-45 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this beautiful, you want to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.


Francis Marion University has been recognized for six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university by the Chronicle for Higher Ed. More at http://www.chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges18

Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.

  • FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Francis Marion University is listed as the Best Ethnically Diverse University in the South by U.S. News and World Report.


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PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502
Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

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