Nazareth Hall, N3129
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113
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.