George Tuthill is a retired physics professor and university administrator living in rural New Hampshire, USA. He earned his undergraduate degree at Williams College and, following military service, his PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Danforth Fellow.
Tuthill is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Montana State University [MSU], where he taught at all levels and conducted research on the statistical mechanics of phase transitions, both in model systems and in materials such as ferro- and piezoelectrics, polymers and liquid crystals. At MSU he also led initiatives for the improvement of college and pre-college instruction − for example, serving from 1995 to 2007 as Co-Director of the National Teachers Enhancement Network, a National Science Foundation-supported project to provide online professional development in science and mathematics to in-service K-12 teachers. He also served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean for MSU’s College of Letters and Science.
From 2009 through 2014 Tuthill served Plymouth State University [PSU] as Interim Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies. In that role he helped lead a major reorganization of the university’s masters-level education programs, as well as the initiation of PSU’s first doctoral program, the EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community. Since his retirement he continues to teach in that program as an adjunct instructor.