I have recently retired from a 30-year career teaching chemistry at the college level. I estimate that I have taught over 10,000 students! Chemistry has been, and continues to be my passion ever since I was 13, but at that young age I never imagined would eventually be a college professor. Growing up in a small village in the north of England, I was fortunate to have excellent high school science teachers who encouraged me to continue my education at the university level. I attended St. Andrews University in Scotland and during my time there I realized I wanted to learn more science beyond the undergraduate level and to do research in inorganic chemistry. At the age of 21, I began my doctoral program at Purdue University (how I went from Scotland to Indiana is a long story) where, as a teaching assistant, I taught undergraduate labs and recitations and, as research assistant, synthesized some new and usual compounds containing the element rhenium (Re). I found that teaching undergraduates the basic concepts of chemistry was challenging but very rewarding for me, and something that I genuinely enjoyed, and I so decided to pursue a career in higher education after earning my Ph.D. My academic career began at Ursinus College in suburban Philadelphia, and during my 18-year tenure there I taught general (first-year) chemistry, inorganic chemistry and environmental chemistry; mentored undergraduate researchers, advised hundreds of students, and served a six-year appointment as Chair of the Chemistry Department. Following this, I was persuaded by Temple University to direct and revamp their first-year chemistry program which involved making substantial changes to the lecture and lab curriculum, in addition to teaching general and inorganic chemistry. After 12 rewarding years at Temple I decided to retire. Learning chemistry is not easy, particularly in our present circumstances where distance learning is prevalent. Chemistry is the central science, and it is vital that all prospective research scientists, health-care workers, pharmacists, etc. master the basic principles of this important discipline. I believe that I have the expertise as a veteran instructor to tutor students who are struggling in AP and college-level chemistry and to prepare them well for more advanced courses.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of St Andrews Scotland - Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: Purdue University-Main Campus - Doctor of Philosophy, Inorganic Chemistry
I have always enjoyed listening to classical music and pop/rock music from the 60s and 70s, and I am currently re-learning to play the piano. When the weather permits, I like biking around Philadelphia and attending Phillies' baseball games. I have recently taken up baking bread and cakes with some moderate success.