Title: Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana Scholars’ College
Education: B.Sc. Glasgow University, U.K. (Chemistry)
Ph.D. University of Alabama. Post-doctoral fellowships, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of South Carolina.
Years at NSU: 7
Job description: In the Scholars’ College, I teach honors courses in biochemistry, organic chemistry and general chemistry, as well as online courses in these subjects. My teaching duties include related laboratory courses. I also teach multiple sections of the interdisciplinary science seminar course, and am one of the teachers in our premed/professional test preparatory course. While at NSU, I have also taught courses in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and introductory as well as advanced instrumental analysis for the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. I am the current faculty senate president.
Why I like working at Northwestern State: I believe that most of the students I have met at NSU are eager to pursue careers and expand their horizons. This is not only challenging for students, but also for all the teachers at Northwestern State, because the background college preparation of young people seems to vary significantly. Such challenges and service are very rewarding.
I am amazed at the support and encouragement of the upper administration, including President Webb, Provost Abney, Associate Provost Horton, and Director McClain, particularly in these recent times of budgetary pressures. Their continuous support has promoted many educational improvements, including the acquisition of state-of-the-art instrumentation purchased through a successful National Science Foundation grant. Such things have provided NSU students with an edge in their applications to medical school, dental school, vet school, summer internships and related opportunities.
I am also grateful for the faculty development opportunities at Northwestern State. During 2012-2013, I attended regular training sessions provided through the NSU’s Office of Technology, Research and Economic Development which resulted in significant teaching improvements in my online courses, as well as my Moodle course websites and presentations.