Clyfe Beckwith

Physics Instructor, Volleyball coach, Bernese Mountain Dog enthusiast

Growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, Clyfe Beckwith attended the American International School before coming to the United States for college. He first set foot on campus as a Summer Session Teaching Assistant in 1987 after completing an B.A. degree in physics and math at Dartmouth College. He went on to complete a Ph.D. in physics at Boston College in 1992, and rejoined the faculty at Phillips Academy as a full-time instructor of physics in 1992. He has taught across the physics curriculum, including astronomy and electronics courses, and has occasionally taught advanced German classes and a section of mathematics. In addition to his work in the classroom, he has served as head coach for girls’ and boys’ volleyball since 1998, department chair of physics (1997-2005), cluster dean (2005-2011), and as a member of the Community Conduct Council (2011-2017). He also spent more than a decade as a house counselor, overseeing the residential communities of Will Hall, Stearns House, and Allen House. Beckwith’s dedication to students and scholarship has been recognized mostly recently with the Academy’s Elizabeth Rogers Instructorship and the George Peabody Foundation.
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