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  • Kevin Morris

    Chair, Chemistry Department; Klingenmeyer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Kevin Morris teaches general and physical chemistry. His research uses NMR
    spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations to study bio-based surfactants,
    proteins, and chiral polymers.

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  • Christine Blaine

    Professor of Chemistry

    Christine Blaine teaches analytical, inorganic, and general chemistry. Her research involves the impact of road salting on the Pike River Watershed, examining chloride concentrations in water and soil samples due to water runoff from roadways and sidewalks.

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  • David Brownholland

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Prof. David Brownholland teaches organic and general chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University by utilizing organic chemistry to work in a multidisciplinary project toward the development of a biosensor for an integral membrane protein target believed to be important for cancer therapy. Students working with Prof. Brownholland will spend most of their time synthesizing organic compounds and will learn air-free organic synthesis, purification methods, and 1H NMR spectroscopy.

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  • John Kirk

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Professor John Kirk teaches courses in analytical and general chemistry. He earned his B.A. at Coe College and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed post-doctoral research at the University of Arizona in bioanalytical chemistry and at the University of Iowa in chemical education.

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  • Megan Moyer

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Megan Moyer teaches courses in general chemistry and the associated labs. She earned her B.S. in biochemistry from Colorado School of Mines and her Ph.D. in applied chemistry also at Mines. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2018.

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  • Gabriella Papale

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Gabriella Papale joined the Carthage faculty in 2017 and teaches courses in general chemistry and biochemistry. She had previous appointments at Carroll University and UW-Waukesha. Prof. Papale earned her Ph.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin by deciphering the structural organization of scavenger receptor class B type I and its impact on cholesterol transport. She is currently developing a research program focused on the protein StarD6, which is implicated in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • Walter Smith

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Walter Smith teaches general and organic chemistry. His career in higher education began after a 21-year career as a research scientist for Baxter Healthcare Corp.

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  • Susan Stevenson

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Susan (Suzie) Stevenson teaches organic chemistry. Her current research is centered around the use of photoredox catalysis as a tool to develop new radical reactions. Students working with Prof. Stevenson will gain experience in modern organic synthesis, photochemistry, radical chemistry, air-free techniques, and product purification and characterization.

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  • Timothy Eckert

    Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

    Professor Timothy Eckert teaches courses in organic and general chemistry, and forensic science. He wrote the organic chemistry text used at Carthage, and his research now tries to solve the riddle of the ortho effect found in electrophilic aromatic substitutions.

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Additional Faculty

Ryan Bonn
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry
Straz Center 167C

Raquel Teixeira
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry 

Jolene Jarrett


 Jolene Jarrett
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry
Straz Center 167C


Francis Maina
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry

Sarah Snow
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …