College of Science, Technology, and Health

Jeremy Qualls, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor

Office Location

178 Science Building, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Physics, Florida State University
  • M.S. Physics, Florida State University
  • B.S. Physics, East Tennessee State University


Jeremy Qualls, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Health. He previously served as Director of Academic Resources and Planning of the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University (SSU). He also served as Faculty Fellow for the Center for Community Engagement and was Director of the STEM Freshman Year Experience.

When he started his career in academia, Dr. Qualls' focus was on material science research and unraveling the charge-transport mysteries of organic metallic superstructures. His research resulted in 73 publications in peer-reviewed journals, major NSF research funding, and a well-equipped $500K research lab.

His current focus has transitioned into developing high impact practices in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education and engaging the community. At SSU, Dr. Qualls led the effort to develop an innovative and engaging freshman year experience: Science 120: A Watershed Year, a yearlong exploratory course to provide students with the foundational skills and academic and social connections to be successful in college. He also worked with faculty to create and grow a campus wide science symposium to provide students the opportunity to deliver a scientific presentation and interface with the community.

Dr. Qualls is known for his work at creating multifaculty, cross interdisciplinary "Makerspace" programs — a culture that is much more than making or building things. It includes a fresh mindset of sharing, creativity, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Qualls is a nationally recognized leader at creating shared campus Makerspace with integrated cross-campus pathways, a place accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. At SSU, he designed and developed a signature 2000+ square foot Makerspace to serve the entire university. He founded Make@SSU to umbrella and support the campus maker community and was an organizer for the first annual CSU Maker Convening.

In his spare time, Dr. Qualls enjoys traveling and trying new things with his family. He enjoys fencing and one day would like to hike New Zealand.


Areas of Expertise

  • STEM Education
  • Interdisciplinary Sciences
  • Program Management
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • High Magnetic Fields
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Review
  • Creative Solutions