I am honored to be asked to run for Chair-elect of the Division. Chemistry has been my lifelong passion. I discovered my love of chemistry at Monmouth College (NJ). After graduation (1967), I pursued a doctorate and became a Teaching Assistant in general chemistry at Rutgers University. In 1971, I received my Ph.D. in physical chemistry and then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester (1971-73) that included teaching a recitation for general chemistry. It was in these early teaching experiences that I realized how much I loved opening new (often skeptical) minds to the excitement of chemistry – I was hooked!
Wanting to focus on teaching, I accepted a position teaching general and physical chemistry at Springfield College, Springfield MA in 1973. Now, 38 years later I’m a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department. Perhaps more importantly I have taught over 4000 students! I am proud to say that I truly love what I do and always look forward to my next class.
ACS has been an integral part of my professional career. A member since 1968, I have served continually on the executive board of the Connecticut Valley Section since 1975, as Chair of the Section (1986-87), and Councilor since 1996. Presently, I serve on the Council Committee on Meetings and Exhibition. For the past 38 years, I have been actively involved with the Division of Chemical Education. I have been a member of the program committee, served as Meeting Chair for the 210th and 216th ACS Meetings (8/95 and 8/98), and served as Division Progra