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"My teaching philosopy is to empower my students to discover and use the tools of scientific inquiry and to realize that chemistry is central to their understanding of how the world works. I encourage them to be keen observers of their surroundings, to question these observations and to develop models that will help them gain a deeper understanding of the discipline."
Carmen Valdez Gauthier earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire; she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. At the present time, Dr. Gauthier is the Division Chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.
Her general area of research is in the field of supermolecular chemistry and she has presented scholarly papers internationally on various aspects of her research. Dr. Gauthier has taught in a college preparatory school, a community college and liberal arts colleges. The majority of her higher education career has taken place in predominantly undergraduate institutions. She has served as a faculty member, earning tenure and full professor status, as a department chair, director of the Honors Program, and faculty representative to the New England Board of Higher Education. Dr. Gauthier has facilitated the development of teacher training programs, faculty development through grants from the Flinn Scientific Foundation, local foundations and the American Chemical Society to name just a few.
Dr. Gauthier serves on the International Activities Committee and the Committee on Membership Affairs of the American Chemical Society, and is the past-chair for the Florida Section of the American Chemical Society. She is a member of the of the International Center for Undergraduate Chemistry, the Peruvian Chemical Society, the National Science Teacher Association, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
Dr. Gauthier has published numerous publications in her field as well as conducting lectures and workshops internationally. In 2006, she received the Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at Florida Southern College, the highest teaching recognition award at the school.
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Honors Thesis; Honors within the Major; Undergraduate Research in Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; Applied Physical, Analytical, and Inorganic Chemistry; Senior Seminar; Quantitative Analysis; College Chemistry; College Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis; Forensic Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Investigations and Insights; The Florida Environment: Culture, Ecology and Place; Florida Environment: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water; Interdisciplinary Topics in Science; Physical Science; Physiological Chemistry; Introduction to Women's Studies; First-Year Seminar
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of New Hampshire
B.Sc., Chemistry, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Salutes to Excellence, award presented by the Florida Local Section of the American Chemical Society - 2008
ODK Teacher of the Year - 2006
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers - 2003/2004
Dissertation Fellowship for Outstanding Ph.D. Candidate, University of New Hampshire - 1987-1988
Dr. Gauthier’s research project has been focused on the synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). MOFs are a class of coordination polymers constructed by metal ions and multi-dentate organic ligands with one-, two, or three-dimensional crystalline structures. Most recently, she has explored the synthesis of cyclic imides using the Cocrystal Controlled Solid-State Synthesis (C3S3) approach. students in her research group gain experience in multinuclear NMR, IR, microwave reactor synthesis and x-ray diffraction.
She has mentored over eighteen students at FSC. All her students have presented their research at the ACS National Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting and the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition.
(made by C. Valdez Gauthier's undergraduate students at national meetings (name of undergraduate authors are underlined):
“Poly(methylmethacrylate) composites of copper-4, 4’-trimethylenedipyridine”, Shisi Liu, Lukasz Wojtas, Justin Massing, Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Julie P. Harmon, New J. Chem., 2012, 36, 1449-1456.
Spattering of hot cooking oil with water, G Pinto, C.V. Gauthier, J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86 (11), 1281-1285
Some consideration regarding the active learning in chemistry, G Pinto, C.V. Gauthier, P. Kelter, G. Weaver, Chem. Educator [online], 2008; DOI 10.1333/s00897082130a.
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