Dr. Rundquist joined Hamline as an assistant Professor of Physics in the fall of 2000. During that time he taught in the Physics, First Year Seminar, Graduate Education, Online Degree Completion, and Computational Data Science programs. He earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2006 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. He has served as Chair of the Physics department, Administrative Head for the Biochemistry/Chemistry/Computational Data Science/Mathematics/Physics unit, Director of the First Year Seminar program, and Associate Dean for Undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts. He was appointed as the Interim Provost in July of 2021.
Dr. Rundquist’s research has included the generation, optimization, and characterization of ultrashort laser pulses that he has used to produce the first ultrashort water-window coherent x-rays. He is also very active with physics education research, partnering with the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society to support the New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy Professors. He has worked with students on collaborative research projects ranging from coherent control of Raman interactions to optimizing the shape of drum heads to produce harmonic sound. He is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of CourseSource Physics, a peer-reviewed journal for physics teaching practitioners.
With strong skills in algorithmic thinking and data management, Dr. Rundquist has helped create and support numerous processes at Hamline that benefit students, ranging from the major declaration process to the use of space on campus during the global pandemic.
In addition to supervising and supporting the Academic Deans, Registration and Records, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Library in his role as Interim Provost, Dr. Rundquist can also be found playing with the Hamline University Wind, Jazz, and Orchestra ensembles and running the pep band at various Hamline sporting events.