Faculty and Staff
McCoy Associate Professor, Chair of Faculty Council
Office: SELB 372
Degrees:Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Yale University), 2000; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Otterbein College), 1993
Year appointed: 2001
Dr. Pate, who completed post-doctoral work at Kansas State University in 2000-01, was named a McCoy Professor, the highest teaching honor at Marietta College, in 2005.
His primary teaching duties include Organic Chemistry, Organic and Biological Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry. Dr. Pate has also taught freshman seminar and honors courses.
His primary research interests are Organic chemistry pedagogy: Specifically with respect to the development of guided-inquiry or "discovery" experiments.
Dr. Pate has made numerous presentations at American Chemical Society National Meetings and Biennial Conferences on Chemical Education since 2002. In 2008 he was elected to the Faculty Council and Chair of the Chemistry Department. He also provides many service contributions to the College and region, including being a multi-year member of assessment and pedagogy committees and as the director of District 9 Science Fair. He became a tenured faculty member in the fall of 2006.
Dr. Pate and his wife, Michelle, and children, Kaylee, 9, and Justin, 5, and their newest addition to the family, Ashley, reside in Vincent, Ohio. Dr. Pate's outside activities and hobbies include church, camping, hiking, sports and letterboxing.
Professor of Chemistry
Office: Bartlett 372A
Degrees:B.S. Chemistry/Mathematics, Lebanon Valley College 1983, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Penn State University 1988
Year appointed: 1989
Office: SELB 344
Degrees: Ph.D. (Clark University), 1998; Master of Arts (Clark University), 1996; Bachelor of Science (SUNY Buffalo), 1992.
Year appointed: 2007
Professor Jim Jeitler, who earned tenure in the spring of 2012, has taught at various universities around the country before coming to Marietta. He first taught at Worcester (Mass.) State College from 1995-97. He then moved on to teach at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1997-98, The University of Idaho from 1998-2000, and finally at North Idaho College from 2000-07.
Dr. Jeitler was a trustee for the Idaho Academy of Sciences from 2003-07 and also received the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access Student Choice award in 2006. He was a Faculty Fellow for the National Institutes of Health BRIN/INBRE in 2004 and 2005, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow for Washington State University in 2001.
At Marietta, Dr. Jeitler teaches various levels of courses in the chemistry field.
Name: Kimberly Suzanne George Parsons
Title: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Ohio University, 2011; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, 2005
Research Interests: My current research projects at Marietta include investigations of the protective properties of various chemicals and antioxidants against ultraviolet light-induced cell death and studies of the phototoxicity of various chemical products.
George, K.S. and Wu, S. 2012. Lipid raft: a floating island of death or survival. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 259: 311-319.
George, K.S., Elassaki, W., Wu, Q., Wu, S. 2012. The role of cholesterol in UV light B-induced apoptosis. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 88(5): 1191-97.
George, K.S., Wu, Q., Wu, S. 2010. Effects of freezing and protein crosslinker on isolating membrane raft-associated proteins. Biotechniques, 49: 837-838.
Laszlo, C.F., Fayad, S., Carpenter, O.L., George, K.S., Lu, W., Saad, A.A., Wu, S. 2009. The role of translational regulation in ultraviolet C light induced cyclogenase-2 expression. Life Sci, 85: 70-76.
Parker, S.H., Parker, T.A., George, K.S. and Wu, S. 2006. The roles of translation initiation regulation in ultraviolet light-induced apoptosis. Mol Cell Biochem, 293: 173-181.
Courses (Fall 2014): Biochemistry I, Biochemistry Laboratory, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I Laboratory
Courses (Spring 2015): Biochemistry II, General Chemistry II, General Chemistry II Laboratory
Phone: (740) 376-4880
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
Engaged, problem-based learning in biochemistry!
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
What excites me most about teaching at MC is the close and personal relationships between faculty and students, and preforming biochemistry research with undergraduate students.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
Camping, gardening, and family time with my husband and pet!
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
The biochemistry lab! It’s where real-world science happens everyday. We are making new discoveries in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology each and every semester.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
My favorite MC event is Graduation — I get to meet the parents of the students whom I have watched grow over the years and celebrate our (the students, faculty, and MC) accomplishments.