Joe Saunders

Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Department of Chemistry

Education

Ph. D. in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
B.S. in Chemistry, Mathematics Minor, Messiah College, 1996

Bio

Dr. Saunders joined the Bluefield College community in the fall of 2007 as an Associate Professor of Chemistry.  His background includes over 18 years of pedagogical leadership in chemistry, teaching class sizes from 1 to 200 (while at PSU) students.  Dr. Saunders kindled a passion for instruction while at Messiah College, leading Supplemental Instruction study sessions for Organic Chemistry, followed by teaching assistantships while in graduate school, and five years as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Concord College/University.  He currently teaches the following courses at BC: General Chemistry I & II; Organic Chemistry I & II; Introductory General, Organic, and Biochemistry (online); Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis; Biochemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Earth Science; The Science of Chocolate (online); and Chemistry Senior Seminar.  His outreach includes overseeing a biennial chemistry laboratory sequence for primarily home-schooled high school students, directing Forensic Fun weekend events, and holding week-long science camps in the summer. Dr. Saunders encourages students as they ponder careers in science to apply one of his favorite verses, Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”