Dr. Todd M. Hamilton • Professor, Physical – Department Chair
Dr. Hamilton received his B.S. from Cumberland College, his M.S. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University in 1996. He joined the faculty at Georgetown College in 2005 after teaching at Adrian College (MI). His research focuses on thermal analysis of potential biofuels such as ground-up peach pits, peanut shells, and switchgrass, using constant heating rate thermogravimetric analysis and decomposition kinetics. He has collaborated with the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky.
Courses taught: Liberal Arts Chemistry (CHE100/102), General Chemistry (CHE111, CHE112, CHE113), Forensic Chemistry (CHE317), Nuclear and Electrochemistry Laboratory (CHE319), Physical Chemistry (CHE331, CHE332, CHE333), and Seminar (450, 451).
Dr. John R. Blackburn • Professor Emeritus
Dr. Blackburn graduated from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA.) in 1967 with a BS in Chemistry. He received the Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1972, and came to Georgetown College in the fall of 1972. He taught at Georgetown until his retirement in 2001, and served as Department Chair for much of that time. He also served as Chair of the Natural Science Division for a time. He is a past recipient of the Cawthorne Excellence in Teaching Award. He still resides in Georgetown with his wife of 45 years, Pat. Both of his daughters, Jennifer and Melissa are Georgetown College Graduates.
Courses taught: Liberal Arts Chemistry (CHE100), General Chemistry (CHE111, CHE112, CHE113), Forensic Chemistry (CHE317), Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (400), Physical Chemistry (CHE331, CHE332), and Seminar (450, 451).
Dr. David Fraley • Professor, Analytical
Dr. David Fraley is a lifelong Analytical Chemist. A native of Virginia, he received his B.S. in Chemistry from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. After two years as a Basic Combat Training officer in the US Army, he entered graduate school at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s thrilled with the significant contributions of mass spectrometry to solve many of the world’s toughest problems. After 10 years as an Analytical and Product Development Chemist for Tide, Cascade, and Dawn at the Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati, he joined the faculty of Georgetown College in 1990. He continues to learn much about modern mass spectrometry with sabbaticals with Prof. Graham Cooks at Purdue and Prof. Bert Lynn at UK. He is a former Chair of the Lexington Section of the American Chemical Society. He attends Faith Baptist Church.
Dr. Fraley is particularly involved in enhancing and expanding the departmental instrumentation capabilities, because he realizes that’s where modern Science makes its major advances… and his goal is for our students to learn to utilize that instrumentation well. His research interests vary from optimizing NMR, GC/LC, XRF, and MS analyses to Computational Chemistry.
Courses Taught: General Chemistry Labs, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Seminars, and Liberal Arts Chemistry
Dr. Amanda Hughes • Visiting Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Office Location: Asher Science Center, Room 207
Phone: (502) 863.7039
Dr. Hughes is the newest addition to the chemistry department. She received her BS in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Her research at Georgetown College involves studying the enzymatic synthesis and processing of potential human therapeutic compounds from various soil bacterial species (i.e. antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals…). She is a bicycle enthusiast and enjoys participating in triathlons, yoga and outdoor rock climbing adventures.
Courses Taught: General Chemistry, General Chemistry Labs, Biochemistry, Biochemistry Labs, Seminar, and Special Topics courses such as Natural Products, Lipids, and Biophysical Methods
Dr. Meghan Knapp • Associate Professor, Inorganic
Dr. Knapp joined the faculty at Georgetown College in the fall of 2006. She teaches Freshman Chemistry, Liberal Arts Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, and Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry. Her background is in Solid State Chemistry, and she still has a special place in her heart for Group Theory.
Ms. Kristen Loxley • Laboratory Coordinator
Mr. David Murphy • Visiting Instructor, General Chemistry
Dr. Patrick Sheridan • Associate Professor, Organic
Dr. Sheridan joined the faculty of Georgetown College in 2008 after teaching chemistry at SUNY Binghamton and Rhodes College (TN). He has taught liberal arts, organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. When time permits he will be teaching medicinal and advanced organic chemistry. He enjoys working with chemistry and biology majors in his research laboratory either as independent study students or summer interns.
Dr. Frank L. Wiseman, Jr. • Professor Emeritus
Ms. Betty Barkley • Secretary, Natural Sciences/Business
Mrs. Barkley has served as the Science Division Secretary since 1995. She is a native of Georgetown, KY and a graduate of Lexington Technical Institute. She is married to Frank and has two grown sons, one of which was a 1999 graduate of Georgetown College and the other son presently works for the College. Mrs. Barkley enjoys having students stop by her office to talk and is always ready to help a student where she can.