Ken Doxsee

Kenneth Doxsee

Professor of Chemistry | 541-346-4628 | 432 Lewis Integrative Sciences Building

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays 3:00 - 5:00 pm in 432 LISB; and Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm in 209 CHA

ACADEMIC AREAS: Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Sustainability, Chemical Education

Teaching Philosophy

In the modern information age, it is critically important for us to recognize the difference between facts and interpretations. Through guided analyses and discussions of case studies, I hope to enhance our ability to appreciate the complexity of decision making in general and particularly in the context of sustainability, an area in which facts, interpretations, and “alternative facts” are regularly (and inappropriately) intermingled.

Past Courses

HC 209H: Decision Making for Sustainability

HC 444H/441H: Science Education in Remote Locations

Academic Background

Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1983
M.S., Organic Chemistry, Stanford University, 1979
B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University, 1978

Traditionally trained as an organic chemist, a hallmark of my academic career is my insistence on pursuing studies and activities because of their potential impact on “the greater good” and regardless of whether or not they conveniently fit in a traditional “box.” This led from my original studies of organic and organometallic synthesis to a focus on laboratory instruction and thence to my work in the area of green chemistry as a tool to enhance educational opportunities of students regardless of their location or their resources.

I have published scientific articles covering a wide range of chemical topics as well as a green chemistry textbook and a number of book chapters on green chemistry and on the assessment of student learning, and I regularly lead workshops for science teachers around the world on new approaches to the teaching of chemistry.

Research Interests & Current Projects

My focus is on science education in rural and remote locations, and on the development of hands-on, laboratory-focused curricula for the enhancement of learning in these settings. An outgrowth of my more general interests in green chemistry, this work involves the development of partnerships with teachers, school officials, and parents in order to establish learning expectations and aspirations, followed by development of laboratory modules designed to take advantage of locally available materials to support science learning within the context of topics of local relevance.

My current projects are focused primarily in Thailand and in Madagascar, and I am hoping also to begin work much closer to home through partnerships with indigenous education programs in the Pacific Northwest.