Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. David Kammler has been interested in a wide variety of activities, disciplines, and modes of inquiry since junior high school, especially: astronomy, biochemistry, chemistry, cooking, gardening, history, philosophy, running, soccer, and teaching. Dr. Kammler began to focus on chemistry and biochemistry in college, and graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with an AB, Cum Laude, in Chemistry. During this time Dr. Kammler fell in love with teaching and the interdisciplinary modes of inquiry found within liberal arts colleges. After a short hiatus for rest, recovery, and more teaching, Dr. Kammler attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry major, Biochemistry minor) in 2002. Dr. Kammler came to Antioch College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and then an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, where he remained until the school’s closure in 2008. During this time, he taught majors classes in chemistry and biomedical science, as well as interdisciplinary general education classes in such areas as the science of cooking, chemistry and art, and fresh water chemistry, all of which included healthy doses of history, philosophy, and hands-on learning. From 2008-2011, Dr. Kammler was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wilberforce University, where he taught majors classes in Biomedical Science and Health Services Administration, as well as general education classes. In 2011, Dr. David Kammler was privileged to join the new Antioch College, where he currently teaches chemistry and chemistry-related classes for the Biomedical Science and Environmental Science majors, with the expected sprinklings of art, astronomy, history, philosophy and, of course, humor. Since 2012, Dr. Kammler has also been the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, responsible for a wide variety of practical curricular mechanics...and continues to have a sense of humor. Dr. Kammler is an Eagle Scout, has written, received, and reviewed scientific grants, and has received three distinguished teaching awards since his teaching career began in 1992.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Organic and Biological Chemistry
Chemistry of Art
Science of Cooking
RECOMMENDED LIGHT READING
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox and Master Li (Bridge of Birds, Story of the Stone, Eight Skilled Gentlemen) by Barry Hughart
The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, 2nd Edition, by Harold McGee
“A Service-Learning Project in Chemistry: Environmental Monitoring of a Nature Preserve”, Kammler, D.; Truong, T.; VanNess, G.; McGowin, A. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 1384-1389. Featured on the cover of the November 2012 issue. Published on the Web 9/4/12. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300109k
“Interdisciplinary Chemistry in a Learning Community: Art, Business, and Chemistry”, at the 20th annual Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Bloomington, IN, July 2008.