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Our faculty are committed to maintaining a high degree of competence in their specialties and also to helping students develop the ability to think critically, independently, and creatively. They foster a learning environment of mutual support and cooperation in the context of a Christian worldview.

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Steven Lee

Chair, Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2041


  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison; Specialized in Analytical Chemistry

Teaching Areas

General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory, Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry


    Bread baking, metal work and archery

    Joseph Brannaka

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    (509) 527-2299


    • PhD University of Florida; Organic Chemistry
    • BS Southern Adventist University; Chemistry

    Teaching Areas

    Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Laboratories, Organometallics and Organic Structural Problems


    Synthesis of organometallic catalysts and study of organic mechanisms

    Kyle Craig

    Professor of Chemistry

    (509) 527-2762


    • PhD University of British Columbia; specialized in bio-organic chemistry with an emphasis in natural products/drug discovery
    • M.S. Walla Walla University; Biology with an emphasis in rodent ecology

    Teaching Areas

    Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Introductory Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry Laboratory and Chemistry Seminar


    Camping, Hiking, Canyoneering, Photography and Reading

    Nerissa Lewis

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    (509) 527-2040


    • PhD Louisiana State University
      • Synthesis and characterization of B12model complexes and the study of their potential use in the targeted delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic metal compounds 
      • Design of ligands for the chelation of metals, particularly cobalt, rhenium and platinum
    • MSc University of Southern Mississippi 
      • Synthesis and characterization of novel vanadium(IV) complexes and the study of their potential use as cancer therapeutic agents.
      • Development of a viable mechanism for the fate of the products obtained upon aerial oxidation of novel vanadium(IV) complexes.

    Teaching Areas

    General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry


    • Development of new methods for the synthesis of metal compounds
    • Knowledge in the characterization of metal compounds by using FT IR, UV-Visible, Fluorescence, Circular Dichroism, 1D and 2D 1H and 13C NMR Spectroscopies, ESI and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, and Cyclic and Square Wave Voltammetry


    Hiking, camping, swimming



    • TA Scholar Award presented by the Department of Chemistry (Louisiana State University) in recognition of outstanding services as a teaching assistant.
    • The Metro New York Chapter graduate student award for the application of precious metals to Medical Research awarded by the International Precious Metal Institute, Inc.
    • Certificate of academic leadership awarded by the American Afro Association of the University of Southern Mississippi.
    • Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in Analytical Chemistry awarded by the University of the West Indies.
    • Certificate of academic excellence awarded by the University of the West Indies.
    Last update on April 15, 2019