Ph.D. Purdue University, 1995
B.S. St. Francis College, 1990
I was an undergraduate tutor at St. Francis College and a General Chemistry TA at Purdue prior to completing my Ph.D. After graduate school, I was an assistant professor at Pikeville College for one year prior to coming to SJC.
Areas of Expertise/Research Interests
From my Ph.D. program, my area of expertise is inorganic chemistry, especially mechanistic studies of organometallic compounds for the catalysis of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide reactions. My areas of research at SJC are chemical education, including collaborative learning models and math skills needed for General Chemistry success, and environmental research, especially how carbon dioxide levels relate to temperature and plant growth in our SJC hoophouse.
Tell us about your job at SJC.
I am a Professor of Chemistry, Core 6 Director, and Natural Science and Math Division Coordinator.
I teach General Chemistry I and II with labs ( both on campus and I supervise the dual credit versions of these courses at RCHS), Core 5, Core 6, History of Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Inorganic Chemistry, Math for Science Students, Chemistry Seminar, and Research in Chemistry (not all every semester!!!)
In the past, I have also taught: Intro to Gen Chem (for nurses), Organic Chemistry (sabbatical replacement), Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Core 4.
What motivates you to teach? What is your passion?
I find that teaching comes naturally to me. I am pretty good at explaining things to students. Teaching and the entire field of chemistry come easy to me and I believe that when you are doing what God intended to be your mission, you are good at it and it comes fairly naturally. I often share this with students. If something is too hard or not interesting at all, it might not be what is intended. My role as a professor is to help our students find their calling, even if it isn’t chemistry.
I am motivated by doing what is best for our students. Changing lives with college educational experiences is my passion. I am also passionate about the Core Program. I truly value the integrative approach to education and enjoy how much I still learn every year by being a professor in the Core courses.
American Chemical Society, Iota Sigma Pi (National Women in Chemistry), MACTLAC (Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges).
I am a sports fan, especially soccer!!! (not very normal for a chemist).
What is your favorite thing about SJC?
Seeing the students come in as freshmen and growing into amazing adults by graduation and staying in contact with them (attending their weddings, baby showers, receiving the Christmas cards). Also, I find it very interesting that lots of stereotypes are broken at SJC (for example, I have had 3 Chem major cheerleaders).
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