Professor for Hire

Equations are simply another form of poetry

I am a retired nuclear electrical/nuclear chemical engineering consultant who is passionate about teaching. My academic and professional credentials are summarized below, but I teach whenever I can because I pleasure in it.

I welcome Physical Science (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy) & Math Homeschoolers, as well as High School & College Students to help improve your grades. I offer tutoring to individuals or in groups. I can meet with you in public places such as Panera’s, Einsteins Bros, etc. or in your smoke free and pet free homes (sorry, I have allergies). I live in north McMinn County, but will travel an hour in any direction (Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Crossville, Maryville, Chattanooga, and intermediate places) at no extra cost provided you retain me for a 2-hour minimum. The tentative rate structure is as follow (individual rates):

Homeschool and High School Level Subjects $40/hr

Freshman & Sophomore College Level Subjects $50/hr

Junior & Senior College Level Subjects $75/hr

Annotated Curriculum Vita
John C. Mannone
Niota, TN
(423) 887-3780 (cell)


Ph.D. (Candidacy) Electrical Engineering 2002
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

M.S. Physics 1988 (specialization in Plasma Physics)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

M.S. Physical & Theoretical Chemistry 1978
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

B.S. Chemistry 1970
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

Teaching Statement

Though most of my professional life had been as a consultant in the nuclear industry, I am passionate about teaching (physics, astronomy, chemistry and mathematics). Consequently, I have served as adjunct faculty whenever the opportunity had arisen, even now as a retired professional.

In addition to teaching for the various colleges listed below, I have been solicited as the keynote speaker to the 2014 Arkansas Valley Science & Engineering Fair, as well as being the guest lecturer on radio astronomy at La Junta Junior College in Colorado and have served as one of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors for the Great State of Tennessee (2008-2015).

I also had the privilege of serving the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute (Betty Sue Sparks, Executive Director) by receiving a teaching certification for Knox County School System in the summer of 2006 and subsequently teaching high school physics at West High School and Karns High School (2007-2008).

Recent teaching assignments have been at a Holston Conference college, Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN. I have been an adjunct there between 2005-2015 teaching General Physics, Physical Science, General Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry (General, Organic and Biochemistry), Algebra and Technical Mathematics. This was mostly done under Dr. Art Fowler (Division Chairman Math and Science), but he is now retired.

As a professor of physics and astronomy, I taught full time at Cleveland Sate Community College from 2000 to 2002. I have also taught at other regional colleges as adjunct faculty since 1981: South College (Knoxville, TN), Roane State Technical Community College (Harriman and Oak Ridge, TN), Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC) and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Besides my interdisciplinary teaching skills that often provide cross-discipline examples, I try to enhance the learning experience by infusing the science with history, culture and literature relevant to course material.

Statement of Belief

I am happy to say that I am Christian. I have taught several Bible courses at New Life Bible College (2012-2015) one day a week (Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, Anatomy of Prayer, The Book of Beginnings, and The Book of John). I also served as the Adult Bible Study teacher at my church (Abundant Blessings Assembly of God, Athens, TN, which just dissolved October 2016), where I also shared poetry before every sermon. I regularly participate in the Holy Week community services where I also share poetry through my PoeticWord Ministries.

Additional Interests

Most notably, I enjoy creative writing and have offered many craft lectures: Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Fall Workshop (lecture on “First Steps” in the revision process); Mid-Winter Writers Conference (lecture on Image); and having been invited by the Alabama State Poet Laureate to be part of the faculty for the 2015 Alabama Writers Conclave, University of South Alabama Fairhope (lecture on the Hearing the literary Voice in Speculative Poetry”). I have also given craft poetry lectures to the Department of Youth and Family Services in Chattanooga, TN. One of my missions is to write Christian poetry for the secular markets, and I have been enormously successful in that. A short literary bio follows (Nov 2016):

John C. Mannone has over 550 works published in venues such as Gyroscope Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Inscape Literary Journal, Windhover, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Pirene’s Fountain, Event Horizon Magazine, Raven Chronicles and Drunk Monkeys. He’s been awarded a 2016 Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities writing residency and has two literary poetry collections, including one on disability, Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, Dec 2015) featured at the 28th Southern Festival of Books. He edits poetry for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex. He’s the president of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild (2016/2017) and a college professor of physics in east Tennessee. Visit

So, I also offer Creative Writing Workshops, especially in poetry and creative nonfiction. Rates depend on agenda.