Faculty Bio

David Bradley

Associate Professor of Physics

Education

General

Dr. David T. Carreon Bradley is an experienced teacher and scholar with particular expertise in diversity and inclusion leadership with a proven track record in organizational improvement. His involvement in diversity work has spanned several academic institutions, professional societies, and federations for over 15 years. This work has included diversity and inclusion policy, planning, and implementation, human resource management, and grant/budget acquisition and oversight. His professional experience is bolstered by his personal perspective as a gay, Mexican-American, first-generation college student from a working-class background. Related initiatives that Dr. Bradley has overseen include: campus climate survey analysis; diversity statement and mission statement drafting; gender neutral bathroom implementation; faculty recruitment and retention policy development and implementation; social justice curricular development; undocumented student admissions policy development and implementation; creation of a recruitment and retention program for underrepresented and underserved students in the sciences; and reorganization of campus diversity administrative structures.

Dr. Bradley serves on the Vassar College President’s Council on Diversity + Inclusion, is the Chair of Vassar’s Committee on Inclusion + Equity, and is Vassar’s official designee to the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He is also the Director of Vassar’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) and Diving Into Research (DIR) programs, serves on the American Institute of Physics Liaison Committee for Underrepresented Minorities, and is past Chair of the Acoustical Society of America’s Committee on Education in Acoustics. 

Teaching Interests

Professor Bradley teaches both introductory and upper-level physics courses in the department, including PHYS 113/114, the two-semester introductory sequence, and PHYS 240, the first in a two-course sequence in electromagnetic theory. He has also developed acoustics courses for non-majors and upper-level special topics seminars. Most recently, Professor Bradley was awarded a $10,000 Computational Science Inquiry Module Award by the Vassar Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (CCAS) Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HMMI) Fund to develop a new course: PHYS 375 Computational Methods in Acoustics.

Research Interests

David T. Bradley's main research interests are in equity and engagement in STEM, physics pedagogy, and sound energy, particularly in relation to the built environment. Within the broad field of acoustics, he has particular interests in the areas of architectural acoustics, computational acoustics, and physical acoustics. Recently, a multifaceted 5-year project developed by Professor Bradley has been funded for $410,000 by the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), which “supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars." This project focuses on acoustic scattering wherein Professor Bradley is working with students to investigate the scattering characteristics of two-dimensional surfaces exhibiting fractal geometries. These types of surfaces are useful in spaces with high sound pressure levels and low-frequency concerns, as is often seen in the ubiquitous multipurpose performing arts spaces being built in this time of economic mindfulness. Professor Bradley's research aids in the design of this type of surface and lead to more accurate predictions of the behavior of scattered acoustic energy.