Oustanding Teaching in Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2000
Faculty Mentor Award, College of Sciences, 2010
Vasser Woolley Award for Excellence in Instruction, 2016
Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, 2017
Bill retired in August 2017 after 15 years at Georgia Tech. He had been a member of the Georgia Tech faculty since 2002 and brought to our department almost 30 years of managerial R&D experience in Bell Labs (AT&T and later called Lucent Technologies) as a Member of the Research Staff, Research Leader, Department Head, Assistant Director and Director.
He was Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Bill’s responsibilities included chairing the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, providing administrative supervision and support for the freshmen chemistry program and upper level lab coordinators (Analytical, Organic, Physical, and Biochemistry labs); overseeing undergraduate advisement; and being the primary liaison with chemistry and biochemistry undergraduates and other GT academic units and programs.
His leadership skills have been used to (1) supervise and mentor the Academic Professionals in the department, (2) coordinate scheduling of all courses taught in our department, (3) teach numerous undergraduate lectures, (4) serve as a liaison between the Academic Professionals and research faculty, (5) offer academic advisement to undergraduate chemistry majors, (6) conduct course transfer equivalency analysis, (7) FASET and Connect with Tech responsibilities for the department, (8) coordinate undergraduate teaching assistant training and assessment, (9) chair the institute wide committee on Chemical and Environmental Safety, (10) initiate Pre-Health Science degree tracks for Biochemistry and Chemistry majors.
Bill has provided leadership to the freshmen chemistry faculty committee that oversees the textbook and technology utilized in freshmen chemistry courses. Changes have included the adoption of a new textbook and integrated technology customized for GT courses and students. The adoption of web-based technology across the entire freshmen chemistry program for tutorial assignments, in-lecture quizzes and post-lecture assignments has facilitated the standardized of the curriculum across the large freshmen chemistry program. Bill primarily taught organic chemistry and absolutely loved providing students with the platform and support to help them really learn organic chemistry, and reaction mechanisms.
Bill has taught multiple sections of General Chemistry (CHEM 1310), Survey of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 1315), Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 2311) and Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 2312). With freshmen chemistry being the largest lectures taught in the department, he and other faculty who are devoted to freshmen chemistry implemented the use of the Personal Response System (PRS), an advancement that has become very popular among students on campus. Bill also led the development of curriculum standards for freshmen chemistry to encourage consistency in the content covered among faculty who teach this course. Bill led the faculty teams that redesigned the freshmen chemistry program to provide the new courses Chemical Principles I (CHEM 1211K) and Chemical Principles II (CHEM 1212K) for more chemically intensive majors and redesigned General Chemistry (CHEM 1310) to be directed towards the large engineering population at Georgia Tech. Bill also taught several of our GT-1000 freshmen seminars in the fall semesters.