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James E Swartz
Dack Professor of Chemistry



  • Director of the 1995-1997 and 2005-2008 Noyce Science Center Renovation and Expansion Projects.
  • Dean of the College and Vice President of Academic Affairs, 1998-2008.
  • Chair of the Science Division, 1990-1994.
  • Legislative Aide in the Washington D.C. office of Representative Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island, Aug-Dec 1989.
  • Member, Board of the American Council of Academic Deans.
  • Councilor, Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • Member, Iowa Energy Center Advisory Council.
  • Consultant-Evaluator for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Consultant to over twenty colleges and universities in the planning of science facilities and curriculum development.
  • Coordinator and presenter, several Project Kaleidoscope Facilities Workshops.
  • Co-author of a book on planning undergraduate science facilities.

Work with Project Kaleidoscope

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4892


(641) 269-4984


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On-Campus Address: 

2030 Science
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cal Tech (Fred Anson) Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz B.S., Stanislaus State College, California

Courses Taught: 

CHM 129L General Chemistry Lab
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
TEC 215 Solar Energy Technologies

Primary Academic Interest: 

Mechanisms of reactions of radicals and radical anions