Faculty of Chemistry and Physics


Dr. Steve Ball

Office: Glaske O-135
Phone: (903) 233-3361

Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Professor of Physics

Ph.D., University of Kansas
B.S., Baker University

Dr. Gary DeBoer

Office: Glaske O-131
Phone: (903) 233-3363

Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., University of Iowa
B.A., Calvin College

Dr. Bruce Hathaway

Office: Glaske O-146
Phone: (903) 233-3362

Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Purdue University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Edward Hamilton

Office:  Glaske O-137
Phone: (903) 233-3364

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ph.D., University of Colorado
M.S., University of Colorado
B.S., Calvin College

Dr. Vivian Fernand

Office: Glaske O-147
Phone: (903) 233-3365

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Louisiana State University
M.Sc., Forestry, Louisiana State University
B.Sc., Agriculture, University of Suriname

Mr. Michael Gentsch

Phone: (903) 233-3310

Adjunct Instructor of Physics

B.S. Civil Engineering Texas A&M
M.S. Physics Texas A&M Commerce

Dr. Scott Harclerode


Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

B.S. Electrical Engineering University of Houston
M.S. Electrical Engineering Rice University

Dr. Jerry Dobbs

Office: Texas Eastman
Phone: (903) 233-3310

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry University of Georgia

Dr. Richard Johnson

Office: Glaske O-139
Phone: (903) 233-3310

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Texas A&M University
B.S., University of Minnesota

Karen Austin

Office: Glaske O-zone
Phone: (903) 233-3310

Academic Secretary



The Department of Chemistry and Physics is located in the Glaske Center for Engineering, Science, and Technology (building 22 on the campus map). This 53,000 square foot facility was completed in the summer of 2001 and opened in the fall semester of '01.

The building is state of the art featuring digital projectors and networked computers in every classroom and ductless fume hoods in every laboratory. In addition to instructional labs in physics and chemistry, the building also contains a laboratory for undergraduate research and a student resource room.

Computer interfaced instruments:

  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AA)
  • Gas chromatograph (GC)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FT-IR)
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis)
  • Fiber optic fluorescence CCD spectrophotometer
  • Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer (FT-NMR)
  • Gamry electrochemical potentiometer
  • NexStar 11 GPS telescope

Other laboratory equipment:

  • Laser optic setup.
  • Tube furnace.
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) available through the welding engineering department.
  • Computers with chemical modeling program such as Gaussian, Titan, and Spartan, are also available
  • Computer server with sixteen processors running high level chemical modeling programs such as GAMESS.