Erik Dunmire, Ph.D.

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MY PROFILE

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Educational Philosophy

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On Sabbatical

 

Bio in Brief

History at COM  In 2000, I officially entered the College of Marin Faculty with a joint appointment in Chemistry and Engineering.  As the sole full-time faculty member appointed to Engineering, I have since that time been the defacto program coordinator as well as the instructor of most of the college's ENGG courses (including Intro/Careers, Circuits, Statics, and Materials).  In Chemistry, my instructional responsibilities have primarily involved the General Chemistry sequence (CHEM 131 & 132) and the "Non-Majors" course (CHEM 105), which I developed into an Internet-based course starting in Fall 2003.  In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I have served in various leadership roles within the department and the institution, including Chair of the Physical Sciences Department from 2002-2005, Interim Dean of the Math & Sciences Division in 2006-2007, and in various Coordinator and Committee Membership positions.

Pre-COM   I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis. My graduate research involved the study of transport phenomena in biological systems relevant to the development of contraceptive drug delivery technologies. I spent several years as a post-doc and then faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Duke University in North Carolina conducting research and teaching (as well as watching and playing a lot of basketball). Afterwards, I experimented with a number of different career paths in the private and public sectors, but finally discovered my true destiny as a teacher, and here I am...

For more details regarding my professional training and experience, please see my Curriculum Vitae.

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On Sabbatical

Although you would usually find me at College of Marin teaching Engineering and Chemistry courses (among other things), I am on sabbatical leave during the 2007-2008 academic year. Most of that time, I will be in Sweden researching their comparative progress on sustainability initiatives, with a particular emphasis on energy sustainability.  Read more about my sabbatical work here.

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