My usual courses are General and Analytical Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University, and also have taught courses on computational methods in chemistry, technology in science education, and lasers in the physical sciences. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008, before taking a Vsiting Assistant Professor Position at James Madison University in VA, and ultimately settling down in Fort Myers, FL. A few years ago, I began making “Office Hours in a Box” tutorial videos for my courses, and replacing portions of my in-class lectures with problem-solving workshops. Over the last few years, I have expanded these efforts and have fully flipped my classrooms. I use lecture videos of my own making, example videos and interactive modules, and in-class workshops that focus on problem-solving, constructing authentic models for understanding phenomena, and building generative knowledge.
My recent research has included the study of environmental factors that lead to landmine degradation (with an eye toward efficient remediation approaches), and the identification of molecules that can be used for sensing in turbid media (such as groundwaters and living tissues). When I’m not wearing my professor hat, I spend time with my wife and daughter, brew beer, and play at woodworking. My approach to relaxation and work can be summarized as, “if something’s not breaking or on fire, you’re not pushing hard enough.”