James McCargar - Chemistry
BA: State University of New York, College at Potsdam
PhD: Kent State University (Physical Chemistry)
Faculty member at B-W for 14 years
Bechberger Award for Human Development (B-W)
Student Senate Faculty Excellence Award (B-W)
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that teaching and working with students is both a great pleasure and my passion. Chemistry is merely the vehicle through which I help students identify, create and pursue their dreams. I am grateful to B-W for providing me with this tremendous opportunity and ability to contribute to the lives of others.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
At the time I came to Baldwin-Wallace, all of my experience was research related and I envisioned myself as a scientist and researcher. It took very little time for me to realize that it was my good fortune to find a place like B-W that emphasized and rewarded exceptional teaching and work with students.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
To me, a mentor is one who can guide, listen, advise or work in any other capacity that might illuminate a student’s path. That said, I can describe a couple of specific ways in which I mentor students interested in chemistry. I am currently working with a sophomore student to set goals, strategies and actions that will help boost their GPA during the 2005-06 academic year. Another approach to mentoring is through the academic advising process. For students with two majors (one being chemistry), we have scheduled “three way” advising appointments with the student and both advisors.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
If I were not teaching, I would likely be a college administrator, a business owner/entrepreneur or working in politics as a strategist.
What do students like best about your class?:
Students enjoy the high level of challenge presented in my classes offered within the confines of a supportive environment. Students leave feeling that they have learned some chemistry and how to better deal with adversity.