John A. Goodwin, Professor of Chemistry, received his B.A. from Transylvania University in Kentucky with a double major in chemistry and music (saxophone performance) in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Rice University in 1988. After post-doctoral research in England and at the University of Notre Dame and college teaching positions in Illinois and Florida, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 1996. Since coming to CCU, he has received over $1 million in grant funding for laboratory research including international collaborations, chemical education projects, and instititutional advancement from Research Corporporation, NIH through the SC INBRE program, NSF, CRDF, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. He is involved in Project Kaleidoscope as a member of the Facutly for the 21st Century (F21) class of 1994, and is an active member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. Goodwin maintains collaborations in chemical education at Stony Brook University and Northeastern University and research collaborations at USC, Clemson, Duke, Illinois State, Georgia State College and University, and the Molecular Structure Research Center in Yerevan, Armenia. He routinely involves undergraduate students and GSSM high school students in his laboratory research that has been published in Inorganic Chemistry and the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines and regularly presented at regional, national, and international conferences. He has served as department chair and faculty senate representative among other campus committees.
Goodwin's expertise in chemical research is in the area of redox catalysts, including metalloporphyrin-mediated oxygen activation, making use of the synthesis of novel homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, air-sensitive manipulations, electrochemistry, rapid and traditional kinetics, spectroscopy and separations. His work in science education is in curriculum development for college chemistry using active-learning strategies such as the process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) pedagogy that is currently funded by the NSF for development of POGIL in Context activities for General Chemistry.