Faculty & Staff in Chemistry

Chemistry Office Information
Department Chair:
Joan M. Esson
Location:
Science Center 236, 155 W. Main St.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Donna Rhodeback, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 614-823-1517
Email: drhodeback@otterbein.edu

Joan Esson

Joan M. Esson

Professor & Department Chair


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Robin Grote

Robin Grote

Associate Professor


Robin Grote began teaching at Otterbein in 2012. She teaches courses in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Integrative Studies, and a Freshman Year Seminar (FYS) course. She is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Work at Otterbein. Dr. Grote is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, which was followed by graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving her Ph.D., working with Professor Elizabeth Jarvo, she completed her postdoctoral research…

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Carrigan Hayes

Carrigan Hayes

Associate Professor


Carrie joined the Otterbein faculty in Fall 2009; she currently teaches coursework in the General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry sequences, and she contributes multiple courses to the Integrative Studies (INST) program. Carrie graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2002, earning a B.S. in Chemistry and English. She completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at The Ohio State University in 2007. From 2007-2009, Carrie worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Chemistry Group at the National Institute of Standards…

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Dean Johnston

Dean Johnston

Professor


Dean Johnston started at Otterbein in 1995 where he teaches courses in Introductory and Inorganic Chemistry. Dean received his undergraduate education at the College of Wooster where he majored in Chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Northwestern University working with Duward Shriver and continued his studies conducting post-doctoral work with H. Holden Thorp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dean’s primary research interests are in synthetic inorganic chemistry and the photophysical properties of metal…

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Brigitte Ramos

Brigitte Ramos

Associate Professor


Dr. Ramos has been a member of the chemistry department since the fall of 2015.  Previously, she worked as a forensic chemist at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Forensic Chemistry Center.  She earned her B.S. in chemistry at Youngstown State University, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.  Following her graduate work, Dr. Ramos went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Ramos teaches courses in both the Chemistry…

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John Tansey

John Tansey

Professor & Faculty Trustee


John Tansey has been a faculty member at Otterbein since 2002. He has taught courses ranging from the more general (General Chemistry, Survey of Organic and Biochemistry) to more specific (Advanced Biochemistry). He has also taught in the Nursing department and Integrative Studies, and Honors programs. He was awarded the ‘Best New Teacher’ award in 2004. He currently serves as the Director of the interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). John is a graduate of the University of…

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Donna Rhodeback

Donna Rhodeback

Administrative Assistant


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Jean Szabo

Chemical Lab Stockroom Manager


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Part Time Faculty in Chemistry

Matthew Grote

Part-Time Faculty in Chemistry


Professor Grote joined the department in 2012 and teaches laboratory courses in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, as well as courses in the Nursing program. He has worked with Dr. Robin Grote to thoroughly revamp the organic chemistry laboratory sequence, developing a variety of pre-lab lecture materials and laboratory experiments. In 2019 Professor Grote was recognized as an outstanding teacher in a disciplinary setting, in large part due to his work in teaching organic chemistry laboratory.

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Fatmata Jalloh

Part-Time Faculty in Chemistry


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Wendy Johnston

Part-Time Faculty in Chemistry


Dr. W. Johnston joined the Otterbein faculty in 1995 teaching courses in both the Chemistry and Biology departments. Over the years, she has taught a diverse array of science courses including Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology; and more recently, she has focused on General Chemistry Laboratories. She especially enjoys an inquiry-based approach to teaching in the lab. Wendy is a 1986 graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Biology. She completed her graduate work in the Immunology lab of Susan…

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Emily Tansey

Part-Time Faculty in Bio-Chemistry


Emily has been a part of the Otterbein community for a little over 15 years. In the department of Chemistry, she teaches General Chemistry lecture and lab courses for nonmajors and the Biochemistry/Organic Integrative Studies course. She also teaches multiple Biochemistry labs and a biochemistry of food course for the Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Emily grew up in Zanesville, Ohio and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Milligan College in Tennessee and a M.S. degree in Biochemistry…

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Jeffrey Trent

Part-Time Faculty in Chemistry


Professor Trent joined the Otterbein faculty in 2018 teaching laboratory courses in General Chemistry, as well as courses in the Nursing program. He brings 23 years of experience an Analytical Method Development Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories (now Hikma Pharmaceuticals). He has applied his Akron University Chemistry B.S. degree, and M.S. Chemistry degree from The Ohio State University to industry, while sharing the love of chemistry with students with 7 years teaching experience as Chemistry Adjunct Faculty at…

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