Natural Sciences Faculty

Jodie Wasacz

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Degrees

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Hartwick College
Master of Science, Organic Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado
Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado

Office: Aquinas Hall, MST 250-J
Office hours: M/W/F  9-10 am, or by appointment
Phone: 845-569-3555
Email:  jodie.wasacz@msmc.edu

Courses

CHEM 1050- Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 2010- Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 201L- Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Bio

Teaching

Prior to coming to Mount Saint Mary College, Professor Wasacz  was a visiting assistant professor at Manhattan College. While there, she taught Chemistry for non-science majors and General Chemistry lectures as well as Organic Chemistry (I and II) laboratories. During graduate school, Professor Wasacz co-taught a myriad of chemistry courses, including Chemistry for non-science majors, General Chemistry (I and II lecture), and Organic Chemistry (I and II lecture). Additionally, she has taught the laboratories for General Chemistry (I and II) and Organic Chemistry (I and II).

Currently at Mount Saint Mary College, she is teaching Intro Chemistry for nursing majors and Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratory.

Despite a diverse teaching background, her passion for teaching lies in Organic Chemistry. Professor Wasacz has taught Organic Chemistry for the past few years now and has come to enjoy the subject as well as the challenge of teaching the subject to students. She tries to pass on her own excitement and interest for chemistry to my students.

Research

Professor Wasacz's research background can be divided into two parts: Organic Chemistry and Chemical Education. Her Organic Chemistry research interests lie in the field of solar energy. She has done structural characterization on various dendrimers for their potential use in organic photovoltaic cells. For this project, she worked closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Future research interests would be the investigation or other phenyl-cored compounds for use in photovoltaic devices.

Her Chemical Education research interests include investigating potential factors that could contribute to student success in organic chemistry, chemistry in general, and science in general. These factors could include students' preconceptions about a course, prior experiences, and other potential factors that may affect student success in chemistry and, more specifically, organic chemistry. In addition, she's interested in exploring the predictability of organic chemistry students' grades.

Extracurricular

In her spare time, Professor Wasacz enjoys various sports, hiking, kayaking, swimming, snowboarding, music, and art.

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