Faculty and Staff

Kevin Pate

Kevin Pate

McCoy Associate Professor, Chair of Faculty Council

Dept: Chemistry




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.



Debra Egolf

Debra Egolf

Professor of Chemistry

Dept: Chemistry




Office: Bartlett 372A

Degrees:B.S. Chemistry/Mathematics, Lebanon Valley College 1983, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Penn State University 1988

Year appointed: 1989



Jim Jeitler

Jim Jeitler

Associate Professor

Dept: Chemistry




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.



Suzanne George

Kimberly Suzanne George Parsons

Assistant Professor

Dept: Chemistry




Office: Selby 361B

Degrees: Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Ohio University, 2011) B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry (Ohio University, 2005)

Year appointed: 2010

Dr. Kimberly "Suzanne" George Parsons graduated from Ohio University with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2005, and continued with her graduate studies at Ohio University under her adviser, Dr. Shiyong Wu. She has completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Ohio University in which she has studied the role of membrane rafts of skin cells in ultraviolet light-induced apoptosis. Dr. Parsons is also a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Council on Undergraduate Research.

Teaching duties include CHEM 420, 422 and 424: the Biochemistry lecture series and laboratory course and various courses in General Chemistry. Current research projects in Dr. Parsons' laboratory at Marietta College 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.

Dr. Parsons lives with her husband, Eric, in Marietta, Ohio. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, camping, traveling and loving her pet!

Select publications:

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.