Faculty of Chemistry and Physics


Dr. Steve Ball

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

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., The University of Iowa
B.A., Calvin College

Dr. Vivian Fernand Narcisse

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

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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

Dr. Edward Hamilton

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

Associate Professor of Physics

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

Dr. Scott Harclerode


Adjunct Professor of Physics

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

Dr. Bruce Hathaway

Office: Glaske O-175
Phone: (903) 233-3362

Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics

Professor of Chemistry

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

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

Walter Jurek

Office: Glaske O-143
Phone: (903) 233-3307

Adjunct Instructor Physics

M.S., Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
B.S., Engineering Mechanics/Materials Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

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. 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:

  • Gas chromatograph (GC)
  • Gas chromatograph - mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • 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 and resources:
  • Laser optic setup.
  • Tube furnace.
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) available through the Materials Joining  engineering department.
  • Computers with chemical modeling program such as Gaussian and Spartan, are also available
  • Linux computer server with sixteen processors running high level chemical modeling programs such as GAMESS and LAMMPS.