Faculty

 

Brent Hamstra, Ph.D.

brent hamstra

Chair and Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303C
423.236.2203
bhamstra@southern.edu

Courses

  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Chemistry Seminar
  • Introduction to Research

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of novel ligands containing biologically relevant donor types, and the synthesis and characterization of their complexes with biologically important metal ions.

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Michigan

 

Loren Barnhurst, Ph.D.

loren barnhurst

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303B
423.236.2202
barnhurst@southern.edu

Courses

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Survey of Health Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Developing animated cartoons as a way to teach concepts in organic chemistry.
  • Synthesis of novel thiocrown ethers.
  • Photochemistry of sulfur-based systems. 

Academics 

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Denver

 

Jan Cathey

jan cathey

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3113E
423.236.2201
ljcathey@southern.edu

Courses

  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Curriculum Content Methods
  • General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chemistry for Everyday Life
  • Tutoring Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Chemical Education methods

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry and Biology from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
  • M.S.T. in Chemistry from MTSU
  • Enrolled in the Ph.D. program for Math and Science Education in Chemistry, MTSU

 

Mitch Menzmer, Ph.D.

mitch menzmer

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303A
423.236.2204
menzmer@southern.edu

Courses

  • Chemistry Seminar
  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Introduction to Research

Research Interests

  • Kinetics of the reactions of sterols and their analogs under highly acidic conditions.

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Pacific Union College
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clarkson University

 

Herman H. Odens, Ph.D.

herman odens

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3408
423.236.2209
hodens@southern.edu

Courses

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Research
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Research in Chemistry
  • Survey of Health Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of novel target heterocyclic compounds
  • Drug development in cancer research, cardiovascular diseases, central nervous system, and anti-infective therapeutics
  • Development of new methodologies in organic chemistry

Academics 

  • BS in Chemistry from University of South Alabama
  • M.S. in Organic Chemistry from West Virginia University
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida

 

Bruce Schilling, Ph.D.

bruce schilling

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303D
423.236.2920
bschilli@southern.edu

Courses

  • General Chemistry
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis

Research Interests

  • Quantum chemical calculations studying the electronic structure effects on the bonding of transition metal and lanthanide cations.
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques to solve problems in the areas of petrochemicals and environmental analysis.

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology

 

Rhonda Scott, Ph.D.

rhonda scott

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303E
423.236.2932
rjscott@southern.edu

Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life

Research Interests

  • Enzyme purification, sequencing, and kinetics as well as exploring new teaching methods for use in the classroom.

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Union College
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California-Riverside

Heidi Eisele

 

Heidi Eisele, BS  

Office Manager
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303
423.236.2931
heisele@southern.edu

 

 

Address

Chemistry Department - HSC 326
Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370
 
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