I chose to teach because of the influence of some exceptional chemistry teachers during my undergraduate studies. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of chemistry with others and my aim is to be a role model to my students as my teachers were to me.
At the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University, I worked on a project involving antiparasitic drug discovery and design that produced some very promising results. There is such a critical need for safe and effective drugs and I felt proud that I contributed towards the development of new drug candidates.
I try to have an exciting and sometimes entertaining class whenever possible (yes chemistry is that much fun!) My students know from the very first day that they will have to participate in class and by the end of the semester they usually enjoy doing this. Sometimes we do group work which helps to build confidence and spark lively discussions. I try to get students to make a connection between lecture material and items in the news or nature, that way they can see the real-world applications of some of the theories being taught.
Favorite Part of Job
Seeing students finally grasp concepts we have been discussing and then watching them apply that knowledge to new situations or challenges.
That’s got to be Bracy Hall. I love the design and I feel very fortunate that I work in a modern science building with a great view of parts of the campus. What more could I ask for?
I think the faculty and staff work hard to create a very student-focused and supportive environment and are willing to give of their time both inside and outside the classroom.
Diversity on campus gives students the opportunity to interact with persons of different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. It creates an open-mindedness that prepares students for the dynamic and intertwined world we live in. Using a personal example, I am originally from Jamaica; I did my graduate work in New Orleans and for a short time in Montreal, Canada. During this time I met persons from many different cultures and backgrounds, who spoke different languages. This exposure to such diversity was truly enriching to me, and I believe that every student should have that experience.
The various programs, activities and the support of the Mount Union community prepare students to become leaders in their field of study. I think after leaving, students try to maintain the same high standards they have grown accustomed to while studying at Mount.
Studying chemistry helps to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, which are essential especially when searching for meaningful solutions. There are many options for persons with a background in chemistry including attending graduate or professional schools, working with government organizations and of course teaching.
Value of a Liberal Arts Education
An education grounded in the liberal arts challenges students to be open-minded and teaches them how to apply the critical thinking skills learned in the classroom to life experiences.