Jan Cathey


jcJan Cathey
Chemistry Department
Phone: 423.236.2201
Email: ljcathey@southern.edu


After receiving my undergraduate degree, I worked several years as an environmental chemist. I went back to school and graduated from MTSU with a MST. in Chemistry. I taught seventeen years at the high school level teaching AP Chemistry, AP Physics and Honors Physics. I was awarded the Tennessee Physics Teacher of the year in 1999 and one of MTSU’s Master Teacher Fellowships in 2008. In 2009 I began to pursue my PhD in Math and Science Education with an emphasis in Chemistry and plan to complete the degree by 2014. I joined the Chemistry Faculty at Southern Adventist University in 2010.
Working at Southern Adventist University is a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge of classroom instruction with students aspiring to be teachers. My research area is in chemical education where I hope to discover better methods to help students learn chemistry. I believe every student has the potential to be a successful learner and enjoy watching my students grow academically.
I met my husband, Ricky, in graduate school where we were assigned to TA chemistry labs side by side. We enjoy studying Bible prophecy and finding restaurants that serve vegan options. We have two children, Brandon and Erica, both recently graduated with physics degrees. We have two cats and a dog.