Faculty Q & A

PH: Kremer

Dr. Joseph Kremer
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

How long have you been working at Alvernia?

I have been an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Alvernia University since 2008. For a year before that, I was in the private sector in the pharmaceutical industry in the Pacific Northwest. Before that, I was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The University of Southern Arkansas Muleriders in Magnolia, about an hour away from Shreveport, LA. My B.S. and Ph. D. degrees in chemistry were granted from Slippery Rock University and Colorado State University, respectively. 

What do you do at Alvernia?

I am in charge of the Organic Chemistry curriculum here at Alvernia University. I also teach Allied Health Chemistry and Biochemistry. Recently, I have devised a Senior Seminar program which introduces students to Quality Control and Good Manufacturing Practices and Laboratory Practices (GMP and GLP) in industry settings. I am most excited about teaching Inorganic Chemistry lecture and lab in the upcoming spring term. I advise the Environmental club and teach classes in the Seniors College as some of my service components. I also undertake research in the synthesis and characterization of polyfunctional monomers and divergent auxetic dendrimers with useful mechanical moduli.

What would you say is your favorite part about your job?

Undoubtedly, I enjoy interacting with students in laboratory and lecture, and making time to sprinkle in some humor-chemist style.

Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I enjoy deep sea fishing for blues, improving my golf handicap, and being an armchair quarterback. 

Where is your favorite place to eat on or off campus?

I much prefer Hoss’ seafood and steakhouse, in addition to Red Lobster.

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