Ph. D. in Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991 B.S. in Chemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1986 Technical Translator’s Certificate in German, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1986
1991-present Northwestern College & University of Northwestern – Saint Paul
2000 – present Professor of Chemistry
1995 – 2000 Associate Professor of Chemistry
1991 - 1995 Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Summers, 1993-2006 Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Summer 1996 Visiting Research Assistant, University of Minnesota
1990-1991 Lecturer in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, Erie
May 1989 Visiting Research Assistant, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry,
University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany
1987-1989 Research Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara
1986-1988 Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara
General Chemistry and Honors General Chemistry
1985-1986 Teaching Assistant, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,
general and organic chemistry laboratories
Summer 1985 Summer Undergraduate Researcher, Washington University,
St. Louis, MO
College Administration and Program Development
2014 – present Dean of the College of Behavioral and Natural Sciences
2002 – 2011 Chair, Science & Mathematics
2011 – 2014 Chair, Mathematics & Engineering
In the past, I have taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Introduction to Scientific Thought. More recently I have been teaching only General Chemistry.
My research interests in chemistry revolve around misunderstood or poorly-explained concepts in lower-level chemistry textbooks. Two examples are the nature of buffer solutions and the formulation of allowed molecular orbitals – why are some configurations allowed and some are forbidden?
A fun thing I do with students is a different type of research – applied physics/engineering – related to maximizing a rider’s efficiency by minimizing rolling resistance on a bicycle.
Hobbies and Interests
I like reading, woodworking and bicycling.