Faculty Profiles

Chemistry department faculty contact and bio information


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Dr. Karen Molek

  • Position: Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Administrative Fellow for Competitive Grants, MARC & Chemistry Scholars Programs Director
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C/204A

Dr. Karen Molek, an award-winning Associate Professor of Chemistry, has helped raise more than $2 million in outside funding since she begin teaching at UWF in 2008 and is now Department Chair.

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Dr. Karen W. Barnes

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204G

Dr. Karen W. Barnes received her P.h.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

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Dr. Pamela (Vaughan) Benz

  • Position: Professor, Director of STEM Success
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204G

Dr. Pamela Benz, Professor, Director of STEM Success, holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, teaches analytical courses and conducts aquatic photochemistry research. Benz has served on college leadership councils and founded the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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Dr. Michael Huggins

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204D

Dr. Michael Huggins has received several awards and fellowships over the course of his career, including the 2013 University Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

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Dr. Tanay Kesharwani

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204H

Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, focuses his research on developing new synthetic methods that can be used on novel materials and small molecules.

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Dr. A. Timothy Royappa

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 001
  • Personal UWF Website

Dr. A. Timothy Royappa, Professor of Chemistry, conducts research on copper(I) complexes for semiconductor microelectronics, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology applications. He is in UWF’s Distinguished Teaching Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Alan Schrock

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 101

Dr. Alan K. Schrock is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, which he joined after a 26-year career with The Dow Chemical Company. He teaches courses and works with undergraduates involved in research projects. He also is the Chair of the Department of Physics.

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Dr. Leonard Ter Haar

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 008

Dr. Leonard Willem ter Haar, a Professor of Chemistry, has been involved in many aspects of UWF’s growth.

  • Katherine Whitaker

    • Position: Lecturer
    • Department: Chemistry
    • Office Location: Building 58, Room 003
    • kwhitaker@uwf.edu
    • 8504742742
    • Short Bio: Dr. Katherine Whitaker holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and teaches courses in general chemistry.