Natural & Behavioral Sciences

Garry D. Pennycuff

Chemistry Instructor

 10915 Hardin Valley Road

AL 252-G

Knoxville, TN 37933-0990

gdpennycuff@pstcc.edu

865-539-7181

Education

The Ohio State University, 2000-01, Columbus, OH

Advisor:  Dr. Christopher M. Hadad

Coursework and Projects:  Theoretical and Flowing Afterglow Studies of Gas-Phase Negative Ion Reactions of Dialkylated  Butyrolactones, Theoretical Conformational Analysis of Rigid Arabinofuranose Analogues; Advanced Organic Chemistry sequence, Physical Organic Chemistry sequence, Organometallics, Biochemistry II, Spectroscopy, Carbohydrates

Middle Tennessee State University, 2000, Murfreesboro, TN

M.S., Organic Chemistry

Thesis:  The Synthetic Approach to D-Ala-D-Ala Peptidomimetics, A New Class of Potential Antibacterials

Advisor:  Dr. Norma K. Dunlap

Bowling Green State University, 1989, Bowling Green, OH

B.S. in Ed.:  Chemistry Major; Mathematics Major; Secondary Education Major                     

 

Academic Positions

2002-present

Lead Instructor Chemistry 1010, 1310, Instructor General & Organic Chemistry, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Knoxville, TN.  Designed and implemented hands-on chemistry course specifically for future K-8 teachers.  This new course entails an intensive hands-on approach to teaching college-level chemistry.  Coordinator and Lead Instructor for Chemistry 1010 course and labs, supervision of adjuncts and responsible for implementation of curriculum and laboratory for course.  Instruction in lecture and lab formats for general chemistry courses via traditional format and long-distance televised learning modes. Currently taking part in a team effort to promote the integration of computers into chemistry and math courses and labs.  Will be involved in conducting workshops and training of other colleagues in similar implementation of computers in their courses.

Developing an online hybrid general chemistry course for implementation in Fall 2005.

2002

Instructor:  Chemistry/Chemistry 2, West Jefferson High School, West Jefferson, OH.  Responsible for designing and implementing full high school chemistry curriculum, including writing new Concepts in Chemistry course, preparing and supervising laboratory sessions, maintaining chemical inventory for department.  Designed lessons to integrate computer activities into chemistry curriculum.

1992-1998

Instructor:  AP Chemistry, Chemistry I, II, Lakota Senior High School, West Chester, OH.  Responsible for designing and implementing full high school chemistry curriculum, preparing and supervising laboratory sessions, maintaining chemical inventory for department, advising extra-curricular clubs/teams (National Honor Society, Science Quiz Bowl Team).  Curriculum Advisory Committee Member for chemistry, Committee Member for Implementation of New State Standards (1995).  Science Rep to Classroom Technology Incorporation Committee (1997-98).

1989-92

Instructor:  Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Biology II, Physics, Cincinnati Christian High School, Fairfield, OH.  Responsible for designing and implementing full high school chemistry curriculum, preparing and supervising laboratory sessions, maintaining chemical inventory for department and updates to laboratory facilities, advising extra-curricular activities (Senior Class, Music).

Other Teaching Experience

 2000-2001

 

The Ohio State University

Teaching and Research Assistant:  Chem 251 Recitation, Chem 254 Laboratory, and Chem 122 Laboratory and Recitation.  Organic chemistry recitations and lab.  Supervising lab experiments, conducting and grading written work for lab and recitation work.  Co-supervised undergraduate in research group and a high school student intern. Extensive use of modern chromatographic and analytical techniques including NMR and IR spectroscopy, HPLC, and GC-MS instrumentation.

 

2000

Kaplan Test Prep, Nashville, TN:  Instructor for General and Organic Chemistry Review

Sessions.  Responsible for preparation and presentation of concept review and test-taking

strategies for college-aged students preparing to write the MCAT exam.

1998-2000

Middle Tennessee State UniversityTeaching Assistant:  Sophomore Organic Chemistry

Laboratory and General Chemistry Labs.  Supervising lab experiments, conducting and grading

written work for lab, preparation and setup of all experiments and maintaining of all

instrumentation for lab experiments (GC, IR).  Extensive use of modern chromatographic and

analytical techniques including NMR and IR spectroscopy, HPLC, and GC-MS instrumentation.

 Honors and Awards

Instructional Development Grant, $6000, 2002 PSTCC

Co-PI NSF/PTK Math & Science Grant for Teacher Education Program, 2002-03

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Nominee, 2001 OSU

Top Chemistry Graduate Teaching, Research Award, 2000 MTSU

Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Symposium Award, 2000 MTSU

Summer Graduate Research Award (Competitive), 1999 MTSU

Dow Chemical Scholar Award, 1985-89 BGSU

Professional Memberships:

East Tennessee Science Partnership:  NSF Grant via UTK (Dr. T. Lashley, PI)

American Chemical Society:  Organic Chemistry, Chemical Education Divisions

Tennessee Academy of Sciences

National Computational Science Institute, Computational Chemistry Educators

National Science Teachers Association

Tennessee Science Teachers Association

Publications, Invited Talks and Posters:

 ETnSP Chemistry Institute, PSTCC, July 11-15, 2005.  Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers from greater East Tennessee School Districts

ETnSP Chemistry Institute, PSTCC, January, 2005.  Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers from greater East Tennessee School Districts

Tennessee State Science Teachers Conference, Nashville, TN, November 2004.  Co-Presenter:  Chemical Misconceptions:  Prevention, Diagnosis, and Cures; Dr. Al Hazari, UTK co-presenter.

Moderator/Committee for Future Teachers Conference, Pellissippi State Technical & Community College, Spring, 2005, Spring 2004.

Member of Materials Development Team, NSF Project: Teacher Professional Development through Computational Science, Drs. Lisa Bievenue and Bethany Hudnutt, co-PI’s, The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., beginning Spring 2004.

 Department of Chemistry Seminar, Middle Tennessee State University, "Taking the Initiative in Pre-Teacher Science Education: How Chemists Can Help!" Thesis Defense, February 12, 2004.

164th Two-Year College Chemistry Conference, Presenter, “Taking the Initiative in Pre-Teacher Science Courses:  From the Ground Up!”, Elizabethtown, KY, October 17-18, 2003.

Faculty In-service Workshop co-Presenter, Pellissippi State Technical & Community College, “Using WebCT in Your Courses”, August 12, 2003.

National Computational Science Institute, Computational Chemistry for Chemical Educators Workshop, Appalachian State University, June, 2003.

Department of Chemistry Seminar, Middle Tennessee State University, "The Synthetic Approach to D-Ala-D-Ala Peptidomimetics, A New Class of Potential Antibacterials," Thesis Defense, April 16, 2000.

Sigma Xi Scientific Society, Graduate Student Research Symposium, Middle Tennessee State University, April, 2000.

Summer Research Award Progress Report, Department of Chemistry Seminar, Middle Tennessee State University, October, 1999.

Poster Session, Department of Chemistry, Middle Tennessee State University, April, 2000.

Poster Session, Dunlap, N. K.; Meng, Tao; Pennycuff, G. D*.  Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Knoxville, TN, October, 1999.

How To Study For Comprehensive Chemistry Exams, Study Skills Center Publications, Bowling Green State University, 1988.

(Fall 2013)

Last Updated: Aug. 21, 2013

Pellissippi State Community College
2001