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Chemical and Physical Sciences Faculty

Students working on experiments in a lab

Dr. Marsi Archer, Ph.D.Marsi Archer

Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Ohio State University

Teaching Responsibilities: None
Research Interests: None
Advising Areas: None

Office: Reynold 213
Phone: 417-625-9541
E-mail: archer-m@mssu.edu 

Dr. James DonelsonJames Donelson

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Reynolds Hall 221

Phone: 417-625-9345

Email: Donelson-j@mssu.edu


 

Elliot Ennis, Assistant Professor of ChemistryElliot Ennis

Education: Doctor of Arts (DA), Middle Tennessee State University; M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., South Dakota State University

Teaching Responsibilities: General Chemistry, Allied Health Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Organic Chemistry, Physical Science for Elementary Teachers

Specialties/Research Interests: Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry

Advising Areas: Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Biochemistry (including pre-medical, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental studies., Biochemistry Forensics, Certified Master Advisor

Personal Interests: Golf, Video Games, Watching sports (especially the Patriots and Red Sox), Working out, Reading and Spending time with my wife Jenni.

Contact: Reynolds Hall 220, 417-659-4358, ennis-e@mssu.edu

I received a BS degree in Chemistry with a minor in psychology from South Dakota State University in 2002, a Master's in Analytical/Environmental from Oregon State in 2005 and my doctorate in Chemical Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010. My Master's work was developing a method to evaluate reductive dehalogenation in anaerobic ground water systems and my doctoral dissertation was over room temperature ionic liquids, organic chemistry textbooks and inquiry-based lab activities. I currently have research projects in Food Chemistry, Cosmetics Chemistry, Organic synthesis and Chemical Education. I also do consulting work for textbook publishers.

Dr. Michael Garoutte, Ph.D.Michael Garoutte

Doctorate in Chemistry from University of Kansas

Teaching Responsibilities:  Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Allied Health Chemistry
Research Interests: Chemistry Education, Active Learning
Advising Areas: Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biochemistry (including pre-medical, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental studies), Secondary Education-Chemistry, MSSU Master Advisor certification

Office: Reynolds 311
Phone: 417-625-9579
E-mail: garoutte-m@mssu.edu 

 

Lynell Gilbert-Saunders, Associate Professor of ChemistryLynell Gilbert-Saunders

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri - Rolla, now Missouri S&T

Teaching Responsibilities: General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis

Specialties/Research Interests: Product analysis, Chemical Education

Advising Areas: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry Forensic Science

Personal Interests: Horses, Gardening, Music, Canoe trips

Contact: Reynolds Hall 242, 417-625-5433, gilbert-L@mssu.edu

Dan Marsh, Professor of PhysicsDan Marsh

Education: Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology; M.S., University of Arkansas; B.A., Drury University

Teaching Responsibilities: Physical Science, Physical Science for Elementary Teachers, College Physics, General Physics, Modern Physics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Intermediate Lab, Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Classical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics

Specialties/Research Interests: Physics Education and Science Education

Advising Areas: Physics, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical studies

Personal Interests: Farming, hiking, running, all types of music, reading (anything that is interesting) and learning something new (hopefully every day)

Contact: Reynolds Hall 244, 417-659-4491, marsh-d@mssu.edu

My undergraduate degree was in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Drury University. My Master's work included development and experimental characterization of high Tc superconducting materials. My PhD work was in theoretical-computational quantum statistical physics. I studied an unusual temperature dependence in the Thermoelectric power (or Seeback effect) observed in the transition-metal-oxide perovskite systems of La (Al, Mn)O3 and La (Cr, Mn)O3. I developed a theory which explains the temperature dependence, using a model of small polaron hopping conduction. I am currently interested in research in Science education and Physics Education Research. My approach in Physics Education is based on the constructivist theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky along with the recent developments based on the several groups active in PER. I use these theories in my teaching and in workshops teaching inquiry-based learning to in-service teachers. My teaching gives me the opportunity to constantly try out new ideas and different ways of teaching and (hopefully) improving learning.

David McKee

Education: Ph.D., New Mexico State University, B.S., Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Teaching Responsibilities: Physics. I hope to offer computational physics and introductory particle physics laboratory in the future.

Specialties/Research Interests: Experimental nuclear and particle physics. Particularly the structure of the nucleon, weak form factors and neutrino mixing.

Advising Areas:Physics, Pre-Engineering

Personal Interests:The technological history of the human race and how very much clever people can do with very little.

Contact: 417-625-9744, mckee-d@mssu.edu

Most people who study physics end up with job titles that don't have "physics" or "scientist" in them, but the technical skills that we teach can be applied very broadly. I want to hook you by the curiosity bump and slip in skills for the so-called "real" world as we explore the landscape of matter and energy together. Quantitative data analysis, multiple step problem-solving, technical writing and public speaking will serve you wherever you go and whatever you do.

John Summerfield, Professor of ChemistryJohn Summerfield

Education: Ph.D., Oregon State University (Physical Chemistry)

Teaching Responsibilities: Physics for non-science students, General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry lab

SPecialties/Research Interests: Computer models of lithium ion batteries. Computer models of clays as a drug delivery method

Advising Areas: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medical Laboratory Sciences

Personal Interests: Canoeing, Traveling to Central America, Gardening

Contact: 417-625-9717, summerfield-j@mssu.edu  

David McKee, Assistant Professor of Physical Science

Picture of David McKee Education: Ph.D., New Mexico State University, B.S., Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Teaching Responsibilities: Physics. I hope to offer computational physics and introductory particle physics laboratory in the future.

Specialties/Research Interests: Experimental nuclear and particle physics. Particularly the structure of the nucleon, weak form factors and neutrino mixing.

Advising Areas: Physics, Pre-Engineering

Personal Interests: The technological history of the human race and how very much clever people can do with very little.

Contact: Email: mckee-d@mssu.edu  Phone: 417-625-9744
 

Jency Sundararajan photo Jency Sundararajan, Ph.D.

Master of Science in Physics from Bharathidasan University, India
Master of Philosophy in Physics from Bharathidasan University, India
Master of Science in Physics from University of Idaho
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from University of Idaho

Teaching Responsibilities: Physics, Electronics
Research Interests: Nanodevices, Solar Cells
Advising Areas: Physics, Nanodevice Simulations

Office: Reynolds 326 
Phone: 417-625-3055
E-mail: sundararajan-j@mssu.edu 

Albert Forson photo Albert Yeboah-Forson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Education: Ph.D., Florida International Univ.; M.S. Uni Tubingen Germany; B.S KNUST Ghana.

Teaching Responsibilities: Earth and Space Science, Introductory and Environmental Geology, Meteorology and Physical Science.

Specialties/Research Interests: Geophysical characterization of aquifer systems, Groundwater remediation /contaminant modeling and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Advising Areas: Physics, Pre-Engineering, Geology

Personal Interests: Travelling, Outdoors and Sports

Contact: Email: yeboahforson-a@mssu.edu Phone: 417-625-9616

Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty

John Knapp, Professor of Geophysics

Picture of Dr. John Knapp Education: Ph.D., University of Washington; B.A., University of California at Berkeley

Teaching Responsibilities:  Introductory and environmental geology, meteorology, physics, and sustainability-related courses for the International Studies Program

Specialties/Research Interests:  Long-term energy policy, international sustainability issues, science education, and local geology.

Advising Areas: Physics, Pre-Engineering

Personal Interests: Hiking and backpacking, wine and beer-making, travel, and gardening

Contacts: Email: John Knapp Phone: 417-625-9720


Larry Albright, Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., University of Nebraska; M.S., The University of Nebraska;B.S., Northwest Missouri State University

Teaching Responsibilities:  General Chemistry

Specialties/Research Interests:  Analytical Chemistry, Batteries

Contacts: Email:  Larry Albright

Greg Howard

Adjunct Instructor
Howard-G@MSSU.EDU 
417-625-9719

Mel Huff

Adjunct Instructor
huffman-m@mssu.edu 
417-625-9579

 

Diane Ray

Adjunct Instructor
Ray-D@mssu.edu
 


Tannaz Tavakkoli

Adjunct Instructor
Tavakkoli-T@mssu.edu

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