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I joined the GGC faculty in 2012. I received my B.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia, where I was introduced to physical chemistry while doing undergraduate research on the bonding and stability of metal oxide nanoparticles in the gas phase. I continued my studies in physical chemistry as a graduate student at Emory University. My doctoral research focused on the study of the structure and behavior of model electro- and photocatalytic systems using laser spectroscopy methods.
While at GGC, I have taught Principles of Chemistry I and II, Physical Chemistry I, and Physical Science for non-majors. My teaching style incorporates active learning as often as possible to encourage students to engage fully with the material. More recently I have been involved in the development and implementation of peer supplemental instruction (PSI) for introductory STEM courses initially supported through a Complete College Georgia grant and currently supported through both an USG grant as part of the STEM Education Improvement Plan and an NSF-IUSE grant.
My current research interests focus on developing low-cost undergraduate experiments for Physical Chemistry courses, particularly in the field of spectroscopy.