Faculty and Staff

Kevin Pate

Kevin Pate

McCoy Associate Professor, Chair of Faculty Council

Dept: Chemistry




Office: SELB 372

Degrees:Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Yale University), 2000; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Otterbein College), 1993

Year appointed: 2001

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.



Debra Egolf

Debra Egolf

Professor of Chemistry

Dept: Chemistry




Office: Bartlett 372A

Degrees:B.S. Chemistry/Mathematics, Lebanon Valley College 1983, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Penn State University 1988

Year appointed: 1989



Jim Jeitler

Jim Jeitler

Associate Professor

Dept: Chemistry

Degrees: Ph.D. in Magneto Chemistry, Clark University, 1998; Master of Arts in Chemistry, Clark University, 1996; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, SUNY Buffalo, 1992)

Research Interests: Magnetic interactions between metals through delocalized pi systems.
Synthesis of metal complexes for photochemotherapy agents.
Purification of oilfield brine waste
Environmental chemistry

Recent Publicastions: “A cuprous azide complex: The effect of structure on the stability of the azide ion – A literature discussion” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource.
https://www.ionicviper.org/ July 2014


“Synthesis, Characterization, and Computational Modeling of [Co(acacen)L2]+, an Inhibitor of Zinc Finger Proteins” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource.
https://www.ionicviper.org/ July 2014

Common Courses: CHEM 351: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 352: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 231: Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 131-134: General Chemistry

Other Courses: CHEM 304: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 305, 306: Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 101: Modern Chemistry
HONR 101: Pollution



Office: SELB 344

Year appointed: 2007

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Active learning. I have worked to develop guided inquiry worksheets in many topics in all of my courses. These worksheets start start with material you have learned either earlier in the semester or in a previous course. Strategic questions and problems lead you through a process to learn new concepts based on what you already know.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Working with the students. I have taught at large research institutions where I was lucky to get to know one or two students in a class of 200. At Marietta, I get to know almost every student in all of my classes every semester. In Chemistry and Biochemistry, we encourage our new majors by getting them into the research lab as early as their second semester on campus. This further helps the faculty to establish a relationship with our students.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy running. To date I have completed 22 marathons, three 50k ultramarathons and the JFK 50 mile ultramarathon. In 2015 I started training to compete in the 2016 Syracuse Half Ironman triathlon.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Outside of the Chemistry Building, it would have to be the DBRC. I enjoy seeing students working to achieve “mens sana in corpore sano” or “A healthy mind in a healthy body."

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Graduation. It is amazing to watch our students as they change so much over four years. Although each year I am saddened when the latest group of students leaves Marietta, I am proud to be a small part of their journey.

Professor Jim Jeitler, who earned tenure in the spring of 2012, has taught at various universities around the country before coming to Marietta. He first taught at Worcester (Mass.) State College from 1995-97. He then moved on to teach at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1997-98, The University of Idaho from 1998-2000, and finally at North Idaho College from 2000-07.

Dr. Jeitler was a trustee for the Idaho Academy of Sciences from 2003-07 and also received the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access Student Choice award in 2006. He was a Faculty Fellow for the National Institutes of Health BRIN/INBRE in 2004 and 2005, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow for Washington State University in 2001.

At Marietta, Dr. Jeitler teaches various levels of courses in the chemistry field.



Suzanne George

Kimberly Suzanne George Parsons

Title: Director of the Investigative Studies Program, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Department: Chemistry

Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Ohio University, 2011; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, 2005

Research Interests: My current research projects at Marietta include investigations of the protective properties of various chemicals and antioxidants against ultraviolet light-induced cell death and studies of the phototoxicity of various chemical products.

Recent Publications:

George, K.S. and Wu, S. 2012. Lipid raft: a floating island of death or survival. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 259: 311-319.

George, K.S., Elassaki, W., Wu, Q., Wu, S. 2012. The role of cholesterol in UV light B-induced apoptosis. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 88(5): 1191-97.

George, K.S., Wu, Q., Wu, S. 2010. Effects of freezing and protein crosslinker on isolating membrane raft-associated proteins. Biotechniques, 49: 837-838.

Laszlo, C.F., Fayad, S., Carpenter, O.L., George, K.S., Lu, W., Saad, A.A., Wu, S. 2009. The role of translational regulation in ultraviolet C light induced cyclogenase-2 expression. Life Sci, 85: 70-76.

Parker, S.H., Parker, T.A., George, K.S. and Wu, S. 2006. The roles of translation initiation regulation in ultraviolet light-induced apoptosis. Mol Cell Biochem, 293: 173-181.

Courses (Fall 2014): Biochemistry I, Biochemistry Laboratory, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I Laboratory

Courses (Spring 2015): Biochemistry II, General Chemistry II, General Chemistry II Laboratory

Phone: (740) 376-4880

Email: ksg001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Engaged, problem-based learning in biochemistry!

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

What excites me most about teaching at MC is the close and personal relationships between faculty and students, and preforming biochemistry research with undergraduate students.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Camping, gardening, and family time with my husband and pet!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The biochemistry lab! It’s where real-world science happens everyday. We are making new discoveries in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology each and every semester.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

My favorite MC event is Graduation — I get to meet the parents of the students whom I have watched grow over the years and celebrate our (the students, faculty, and MC) accomplishments.