Position: Instructor of Chemistry
Campus Phone: 865-471-3552
Campus Box: 72037
BS, Chemistry, Appalachian State University, 1990
MS, Organic Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1993
Other experience: Research Assistant, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN
Joined Carson-Newman in 1994
I teach Introductory Chemistry for nursing and dietetics, General Chemistry labs, and Senior Seminar in Chemistry. Also, I administer the chemical safety and waste programs for the College.
I have been at Carson-Newman for 17 years and consider the College community an extension of my home and family. I like to enjoy some of the natural surroundings of the region through geocaching and I attend a local church in Sevierville. I appreciated the privilege of having my son enrolled in the preschool (Child Development Lab) here at Carson-Newman in the 2001-2002 school year.
Position: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Campus Phone: 865-471-3258
Campus Box: 72037
BA, Chemistry, Carson-Newman College, 1993
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002
Other experience: GS-07 chemist promoted to GS-09 and GS-11 chemist positions and temporarily detailed to GS-13 supervisory chemist position as Chief and Technical Manager of the Organic Chemistry Toxicology Division for the Department of Laboratory Sciences, USA-Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-Europe, Landstuhl, Germany
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Research Fellow during graduate career
Joined Carson Newman in 2003
I teach the analytical chemistry courses – Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis along with their associated laboratory courses. I also teach General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I lab, and General Chemistry II for science majors, Excel for Scientists, and Inorganic Chemistry. I am in a consortium of analytical chemists funded by a National Science Foundation grant to develop a new set of curriculum materials for analytical chemistry using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). I have an active research group with both honors and non-honors students involved in undergraduate research projects ranging from analytical to environmental to inorganic. These students have had the opportunity to present their research findings at local (ACA-Summit), regional (SERMACS), and national chemistry conferences (ACS, Gordon Conference, and ASMS).
My husband and I grew up in East Tennessee and are alumni of Carson-Newman. After living overseas for 4 years and in other states for 5 years, we were very happy to have the opportunity to return to our East Tennessee heritage and to be back at Carson-Newman. We are active members of a local church (Morningside Baptist of Morristown), and I am the advisor of Kappa Epsilon Mu (Chemistry Club) and co-advisor of the Panathenées chapter of Mortar Board.
Position: Professor of Chemistry
Campus Phone: 865-471-3257
Campus Box: 71992
BS, Chemistry, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, 1987
PhD, Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1991
Research Post-doc, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Other experience: I have been in academia for the past nineteen years serving primarily as a chemistry faculty member while at 2-year institutions (most recently located in Kalispell, Montana for 17-years and the others located in Wisconsin). I have served as both division chair and/or department chair during that time while initiating an active undergraduate research program. I have been the lead PI on two successful National Science Foundation grants.
Joined Carson-Newman in 2011
I teach organic, biochemistry, general chemistry with the associated lab courses and have put an emphasis on leading undergraduate research. My research area involves biological mass spectrometry- a field that has greatly magnified over the past twenty years and since my work as a member of one of biological mass spectrometry’s pioneering research groups out of the University of Virginia. I am currently working on developing a new tool for structural biology that involves fast covalent labeling (or “painting”) biological molecules followed by mass spectrometry analysis. Imagine spray-painting a crumpled piece of paper, and then unfolding it and analyzing the pattern of paint… in many cases you can discern how the paper was folded. We are employing a similar strategy to study how biological molecules fold, misfold, bind to targets, and/or change shape.
My wife along and our seven children are in the process of relocating our home base from Montana (near Glacier National Park) to Eastern Tennessee. We enjoy camping, hiking, and serving the Lord together as we are able. I am an avid fly fisherman and have even split my own cane to construct a few custom flyrods as a hobby. We were active members of our church back in Montana (Easthaven Baptist Church) and are in the process of locating a church home in Tennessee.
Truett Patterson , Emeritus
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Campus Phone: 865-471-3259
Campus Box: 71884
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