Kevin Pate

McCoy Professor
Ph.D.-Organic Chemistry, Yale University (2000); BS-Chemistry, Otterbein College (1993)
Year Appointed
Fall 2017
  • General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry Capstone
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry Lab I
Spring 2018
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • Introduction to Chemistry Capstone
  • Chemistry Capstone II


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.