Richard Schwenz has been a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Northern Colorado for 27 years. He is now a professor of chemistry, and teaches general and physical chemistry and several education courses in his work with both chemistry majors and pre- and in-service teachers.
Over the years, Richard has been active in a variety of roles within both the Division of Chemical Education and in the Colorado section. His major roles have involved programming for two national meetings for the division, two terms in the rotation as chair of the Colorado section, and as program chair for the 1996 Rocky Mountain regional meeting. The second major activity has been working with the Examinations Institute as chair of the committees writing two sets of examinations in physical chemistry and for writing the physical chemistry study guide. He is presently a member of the committee working on completing the next Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemistry Knowledge (DUCK) examination. The third major activity has been as publications coordinator for the Journal of Chemical Education, a position which managed the finances of the Journal, including the day-to-day operation, preparing for the yearly audit, and implementing the investment plan. Richard will be playing a major role in the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education should UNC’s bid be accepted.
These activities have given Richard a perspective on the operations of each of the three largest components of the Division’s activities: programming for meetings, the examinations institute, and the Journal, and with the Journal, a detailed look at the day-to-day look at managing the business, and reporting to the Division treasurer.
I look forward to serving you as Treasurer if elected, and am honored that I have been nominated for the position as your Treasurer.