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I have taught courses in General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, Organic and Biomacromolecular Spectroscopy, and Food Chemistry for over 20 years. I received my Ph. D. from the University of Utah in 1998 where my research focused on the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to elucidate the three dimensional solution structures of conotoxin peptides. I have taught Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy at Southern Oregon University (SOU), Organic Chemistry and Green Organic Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oregon (U of O), Organic Chemistry and Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Utah (U of U), and Advanced Laboratory, Organic Chemistry, Spectroscopic Identification, Organic Laboratory, and most recently, Food Chemistry courses at Boise State University (BSU).

My philosophy on teaching is to teach others as you would like to be taught. I create an active learning environment where students are made to feel comfortable asking questions either in class or outside of class. I make myself available for student prior to and following lectures, and honor drop-ins as well as regular email responses to questions. I believe course expectations should be very clear and students should be aware of their class standing at all times. I use a mix of technology and best practices in teaching and learning to actively engage students in my lecture courses.

Owen McDougal