Bretta King

Assistant Professor of Teaching/Coordinator, UG Advisor

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About Dr. King

Dr. King has been teaching for thirty years in the fields of math, chemistry, and physics. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College, a second B.S. in Nutritional Science from Kaplan University, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chemical Physics), an M.A in Education from University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. from Howard University in Chemical Physics. Dr. King has a very extensive and diverse background in the field of Chemical Physics. She has taught at both the high school and college levels, has taught both in a virtual and in-person environment, and has worked with laboratories such as (NASA, CDC, and Los Alamos). Dr. King has also taught internationally. She taught chemical physics in Malawi (Africa) and in Nigeria. Moreover, she has trained teachers and developed chemistry and physics curricula in those countries.  

Professional Experience

  • Heritage School Foundation-Beijing China/Chicago, IL
         Chemistry/Physics Teacher/Curriculum Developer 2021
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory- Tallahassee, Florida
         NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow 1999-2001
  • Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
         Assistant Professor 2001-2005
  • NASA Langley, Hampton, VA
         NASA Faculty Fellow 2004
  • NASA-Ames Research Center   Moffett Field, CA
         NPSC Fellow 1992-1995
  • National Centers for Disease Control   Atlanta, GA
         Intern 1991-1992
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory   Los Alamos, NM


  • National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship, 1992-1999
  • NOBCCHE Hercules Award, 1997
  • ACS Environmental Initiative Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • ACS Student Development &Engagement Alliance Grant, 2003
  • Faculty Fellow of the Associated Colleges of the South, 2002-2003 
  • NASA Faculty Fellow, 2004
  • IMPACT Educational Grant recipient, 2007
  • Earthwatch Foundation Grant recipient for Cobb County, 2007
  • International Foundation for Education and Self-help (IFESH) Teacher of the Year 2010
  • Presidential Volunteer Award 2010