Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Hartwick College
Master of Science, Organic Chemistry, University of Northern
Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Education, University of Northern
Office: Aquinas Hall, MST 152-J
Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
Natural Science Senior Seminar
Prior to coming to Mount Saint Mary College, Professor Fahey
(née 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 Fahey 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
Currently at Mount Saint Mary College, she is teaching Intro
Chemistry for nursing majors and Organic Chemistry lecture and
Despite a diverse teaching background, her passion for teaching
lies in Organic Chemistry. Professor Fahey 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.
American Chemical Society
Presidentof the Mid-Hudson section of the Younger Chemists
Professor Fahey'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.
Fahey, J., Maelia, L. (2016). “Green Chemistry Experiments in
Undergraduate Laboratories”. ACS Symposium Series book I am putting
together and am editor of with Dr. Maelia as my co-editor. Book
final submission plan is scheduled for spring 2016.
Fahey, J., Dineen, A., Henain, J. (2015). “Microwave-Assisted
Aspirin Synthesis from Over-the-Counter Pain Creams Using Naturally
Acidic Catalysts: A Green Undergraduate Organic Chemistry
Laboratory Experiment.” In preparation for submission to ACS
Symposium Series Text “Green Chemistry Experiments in Undergraduate
Laboratories". Text to be submitted Spring 2016.
Wasacz, J., Pacheco, K., and Schreck, J. (2012). Predictability
of organic chemistry students’ final course grades using four-week
averages. Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry, American Chemical
Society. Published December 2012.
Wasacz, J., J. Fajardo, et al. (2006). "Online Collaborative
Learning in a Science Laboratory Course: Student-generated
inferences and misconceptions. Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia
& Telecommunications, 1336-1343.
In her spare time, Professor Fahey enjoys various sports,
hiking, kayaking, swimming, snowboarding, music, and art.