Recently, I reached a milestone, having completed 30 years of teaching college chemistry. I have taught at several colleges over the years, but have been at Westminster since 1980. I received my B.S. degree from South Dakota State College and my M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After teaching for seven years, I returned to graduate school and earned my Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
My specialty is physical chemistry, with an emphasis on chemical kinetics. Other courses that I often teach at Westminster include general chemistry, introduction to chemistry, and analytical chemistry.
My doctoral adviser often said that in order to be a good teacher one must be actively involved in research. I wasn't always convinced this is true, but I definitely have found that the longer I teach, the more I appreciate the value of undergraduate research as a teaching tool.
The research area in which I have developed a strong interest is that of pH oscillating chemical reactions. There's not much I enjoy more than spending several hours in the lab trying to discover a new pH oscillator. I especially enjoy being able to work side by side with my undergraduate students on such projects. I have been fortunate in the past to receive outside grant money to help support summer undergraduate research.
One added benefit of my research is that it has allowed me to get to know numerous researchers in the field from all over the world. I was able to visit several of them this past summer while on a 3-4 week trip to Europe.
My wife and I have three children, one of whom is married. All have completed their college education, and two have earned master's degrees. My hobbies include sports, politics, and music. I enjoy playing the guitar and singing country music, and have written over 100 original songs.