PROFILE: John C. Kotz


John C. Kotz is a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus, at the SUNY College at Oneonta. He received his B.S. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1959 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1963.

He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manchester (England) and Indiana University (1963-1965). Later he was an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University (1965-1970), a Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1977) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991-1992), and a Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal (1979). Most recently he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand where he taught a portion of a general chemistry course and lectured on the uses of educational technology at all of the universities of New Zealand (Massey, Waikato, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln, and Otago). He was the Plenary Lecturer in Chemical Education at the South African Chemical Society meeting in September 2000. In 2001, he was the keynote speaker at Chem Ed 2001, the annual meeting of the high school teachers of chemistry in New Zealand. In November 2002 he spoke to the teachers of secondary chemistry in Colorado and was the keynote speaker at the Middle Atlantic meeting of the American Chemical Society in 2005. Finally, he a mentor for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympic Team (for 2005-2008) sponsored by the American Chemical Society.

He has been an editor of Chem Matters magazine and on the board of editors of the Journal of Chemical Education:Software. He is the co-author of two textbooks for inorganic chemistry and two introductory general chemistry books, Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity and The Chemical World: Concepts and Applications. The sixth edition of Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity was published in 2005 as a hard cover book (Brooks/Cole, a division of ThomsonLearning; coauthored with Paul M. Treichel and Gabriela Weaver) and as an interactive CD-ROM (coauthored with William Vining).

He has also published a number of research papers in inorganic and organometallic chemistry and a computer "hypertext" book for general chemistry (The Chemistry Navigator; see JCE Software).

He received a SUNY "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching" in 1979 and was promoted to University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1986. In 1992 he received a National Catalyst Award in Chemical Education from the Chemical Manufacturers Association, and in 1996 he received an award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In 1999 he was named a Visiting Lecturer by the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society, and in 2001 he received the first Distinguished Education Award from the Binghamton (NY) American Chemical Society section. Dr. Kotz has been an American Chemical Society Tour Speaker.

His recent awards and honors include the following:
• In May 2005 he also received the SUNY award in Research and Scholarship.
• In May 2005 he was honored by his family and friends with the establishment of the John Kotz Fund for Innovations in Science Education at SUNY-Oneonta.
• In October 2005 he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (This organization serves scientists in all fields and publishes the weekly journal Science.) He was nominated by Professor R. Glaser of the University of Missouri and was honored for "sustained and distinguished contributions to the communication of chemistry to university and secondary students using the written words and classroom, online, and computer-based technologies."


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Revised: May 2005