Credentials (printable format)

"People begin college because they believe their dreams are possible. People stay in college thinking their dreams are possible. People finish college knowing their dreams are possible."

- J Ryan 2008

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Ph. D. Organic Chemistry, June 1994
University of California, Davis, CA

Dissertation title: Synthesis of Benzoporphyrin Derivatives and Pyrolle Synthesis Methodology
• Synthesized 32 new organic compounds
• Invented a highly efficient chlorophyll-a extraction procedure
• Invented new alkene sulphone route to pyrroles
• Headed the HPLC part of the research group
• Grew crystals and ran crystal structures of multiple new compounds
• Earned graduate course level teaching assistant positions in organic synthesis and spectroscopy
• Was acknowledged with two teaching awards
• Generated one patent for multiple new compounds used in photodynamic therapy of tumors
• Published two journal articles and one dissertation

B.S. Biochemistry, May 1988
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

A.A. Liberal Arts, May 1984
Chabot College, Hayward, CA

GRANTS and AWARDS

Five time Who’s Who in America Listing
Fall 2001 Co-author of $140K NSF Biotechnology Grant
Spring 2001 $5000 California Virtual Campus Web Development Grant
1999-2000 Key Educator of the Year Elk Grove Unified Schoo1 District
1990-91 UC Davis campus wide teacher award
1989-90 DC Davis outstanding chemistry teacher award

PUBLICATIONS & PATENT

1993 R. K. Pandey, N. Jagerovic, J. M. Ryan, T. 1. Dougherty and K. M. Smith. Efficient Syntheses of New Classes of Regiochemically Pure Benzoporphyrin Derivatives. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters 3:2615.

1996 R. K. Pandey, N. Jagerovic, J. M. Ryan, T. J. Dougherty and K. M. Smith. Syntheses and Preliminary in vivo Photodynamic Efficacy of Benzoporphyrin Derivatives from Phylloerythrin and Rhodoporphyrin XV Methyl Esters and Aspartyl Amides. Tetrahedron 52:5349.

K. M. Smith, R. K. Pandey, J. M. Ryan, N. Jagerovic and T. J. Dougherty. Rhodoporphyrin and Phylloerythrin Related Photosensitizes for Photodynamic Therapy. US Patent US 5,506,255. Issued April 9, 1995; Application filed December 1, 1993.

WORK EXPERIENCE: COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Department Chair, Fall 2002 to Present
• Managed yearly budget and purchasing
• Prepared and Analyzed Program Review material
• Wrote new curriculum for four new courses
• Coordinated scheduling with other departments to minimize conflicts
• Hired and trained three adjunct faculty

Professor of Chemistry, Fall 2002 to present
• Designed entire laboratory series for all classes
• Designed web site for transparent learning environment
• Implemented POGIL teaching methods
• Increased retention rates to as much as 84.2% from 34.6%
• Increased department offerings by 201.5%
• Increased FTE by 492%

Curriculum Committee Chair, Spring 2005 to present
• Coordinated web based system conversion - CurricUNET
• Helped faculty initiate, edit, and transform curricula
• Streamlined curriculum timeline for minimum “hold up” time
• Created electronic catalog addendum to help with “late” courses
• Presented curriculum seminars at semester in service days
• Instituted adjunct faculty review stipends to increase review rates
• Reduced “old wood” courses to help with accreditation review

WORK EXPERIENCE: IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE

Professor of Chemistry, Fall 2000 to Spring 2002
• Chair of Distance Education Committee
• Energized general and organic chemistry lecture and lab instruction
• Designed and implemented 250+ page general chemistry web site
• Organized, purchased and integrated new GC equipment into organic chemistry lab program
• Coordinated biotechnology program planning with local businesses
• Ran “Mad Chemist” magic show for K-3rd graders

WORK EXPERIENCE: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS

Full Time Visiting Lecturer, Spring 2000
• Lectured in general chemistry and chemistry for non-science majors
• Increased completion rate by over 112% for the second semester general chemistry course
• Ran multiple laboratory sections
• Assisted with graduate student research program

WORK EXPERIENCE: SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE

Associate Professor, Fall 1993 to Spring 2000
• Lectured in general, organic, and biochemistry courses
• Designed new cost effective micro scale labs
• Facilitated the CAMPS student education enrichment program for underrepresented students

WORK EXPERIENCE: COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE

Lecturer, Spring 1998 to Summer 1998
• Facilitated student centered general chemistry course
• Earned the Elk Grove Unified School District key educator award
• Energized summer preparatory chemistry program and increased retention

WORK EXPERIENCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

Lecturer, January 1995 to June 1995
• Lectured in organic chemistry for 240 + pre health professionals
• Organized successful weekly office hours with 20+ students in attendance
• Supervised 9 professional staff in teaching of lab work
Average evaluation 3.2/4.0

WORK EXPERIENCE: SIERRA COLLEGE, ROCKLIN CALIFORNIA

Lecturer, Spring 1995
• Took charge of the evening general chemistry course
• Facilitated basic chemical principles in non-science majors course

WORK EXPERIENCE: AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE

Lecturer, Spring 1993
• Lectured in pre general chemistry course
• Wrote hands on “non-cook book" labs for the students
• Taught beginning physical sciences laboratory

WORK EXPERIENCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1988 to 1992
• Earned two teaching awards
• Designed new lab experiments for organic chemistry course
• Wrote intricate problem sets for graduate spectroscopy course
• Held extensive review sessions for graduate level organic synthesis course
• Performed efficiently as head teaching assistant for five appointments
• Organized educational training for the other teaching assistants