"Chemistry, that most splendid child of intellect and art. Chemistry provides not only a mental discipline, but an adventure and an aesthetic experience. Its followers seek to know the hidden causes which underlie the transformation of our changing world, to learn the essence of a rose’s color, the lilac’s fragrance and the oak’s tenacity and to understand the secret paths by which the sunlight and the air create wonders. And to this knowledge they attach an absolute value, that of truth and beauty. The vision of Nature yields the secret for power and wealth, and for this may be sought by many. But it is most often revealed only to those who seek it for itself."
- Sir C. N. Hinshelwood, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Chemical Society of London.

Scott D. Cummings

Teaching Activities


  • CHEM 108: Solar Energy
  • CHEM 111: Introductory Chemistry I
  • CHEM 113: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 114: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 115: Honors Introductory Chemistry I
  • CHEM 116: Honors Introductory Chemistry II
  • CHEM 117: Honors Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 118: Honors Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 125: Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry
  • CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 335: Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 336: Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 371: Advanced Laboratory I
  • CHEM 372: Advanced Laboratory Inorganic
  • CHEM 372: Advanced Laboratory II
  • CHEM 374: Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • CHEM 376: Chemistry Research
  • CHEM 475: Chemistry Research Seminar
  • CHEM 452: Photochemistry and Photophysics

  • “A Chemistry Career at a Liberal Arts College: Getting It, Keeping It, and Enjoying It” University of Chicago Department of Chemistry, May 19, 2004
  • "Enabling the Future: The Role of Leadership in Institutional Transformation" Project Kaleidoscope National Assembly, Washington D.C., October 2002
  • "Cutting-edge research in introductory chemistry: Use of case studies to teach fundamental principles" 223rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL. April 10, 2002
  • "Laser Spectroscopy to Enhance Inquiry-Mode Laboratories in Chemistry" National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), 2001
  • "Chemistry Research Seminar at Kenyon College" Mellon Foundation Grant 2001
  • "Information Literacy Workshop for Scientists" The Five Colleges of Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan University, January 9, 2002
  • "Increasing the Retention of Under-Represented Groups And the Learning of All Groups In Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Courses" National Science Foundation Chautauqua short course, Dayton, OH, May 16-18 2001
  • "Symbolic Mathematics for Teaching Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics" Kenyon College Teaching Initiatives Grant 1999
  • "Exploring the Possibilities: a Mellon-funded faculty workshop on technologies to enhance learning and promote collaboration Kenyon College, December 5, 1998
  • "Molecular Orbitals: Theory and Computation" Kenyon College Teaching Initiatives Grant 1997

    Junior Trustee Teaching Award, Kenyon College 1999

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