Academic History

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S., Physics and Chemistry (double major), Missouri State University, 1998

Appointments

Cornell College, Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor

Department Chair (2010-2013)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division, Nanomaterials Chemistry Group

Visiting Faculty (July 2009-July 2010, May-Aug 2014, June 2016-June 2017)

Oak Ridge Science Semester

Resident Faculty Director, Fall 2009 and Fall 2016

Courses Taught

  • CHE 108:  Forensic Science:  Real Life CSI
  • CHE 121:  Chemical Principles I
  • CHE 122:  Chemical Principles II
  • CHE 161:  Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHE 202:  Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 323:  Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE 324:  Physical Chemistry II
  • CHE 339:  Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • ENV 202:  Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • CHE/BMB 380:  Internship (occasional)
  • CHE 390:  Individual Project (occasional)
  • CHE 485:  Chemical Research (occasional)

Faculty-Student Research

  • 24 student-summers completed to date
  • New materials for carbon dioxide capture:  experimental characterization of distinctive materials such as room temperature ionic liquids and porous solids
  • Computational chemistry:  electronic structure calculations (density functional, Hartree-Fock, post-Hartree-Fock) on systems including but not limited to ion-carbon dioxide interactions and spectra of novel dye systems; member, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium
  • Nanoscience:  synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles and nanomaterials with inorganic stabilizing agents, usually related to polyoxometalates
  • Surface chemistry:  investigation of metal oxide surfaces and adsorbates, usually polyoxometalates

Pedagogical Innovation and Professional Networks

  • Adaptation of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) framework to my courses and the One Course At A Time calendar; students discover content themselves through carefully designed activities and structured group work; POGIL pedagogy delivers content while also intentionally focusing on lifelong learning skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving; classroom beta testing of new POGIL materials for physical chemistry
  • Restructuring the physical chemistry sequence in a new and unusual way to enhance connections in the material and make the courses more relevant and interesting for three different student populations:  chemistry, physics, and biochemistry/molecular biology majors
  • Participation in the POGIL-Physical Chemistry Laboratory project to bring guided inquiry laboratory experiences into physical chemistry; workshop attendance, experiment writing and revision, experiment reviewing, beta testing in class
  • Participation in strategic plan initiatives of the POGIL Project, including projects on reducing the barriers to implementation and the Activity Development Network
  • Upcoming participation in SPIRAL:  Strengthening the use of Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory, an effort to write, review, test, and implement POGIL lab activities in introductory chemistry
  • Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry Google Group:  Originator, organizer, and moderator of an online forum for physical chemistry faculty members to discuss course content, discuss pedagogy, and share resources and ideas
  • Participation in Project Kaleidoscope activities to reform undergraduate science education

Publications

Recent publications; corresponding authors asterisked, undergraduate authors daggered

  • "Preparation and CO2 Adsorption Properties of Soft-Templated Mesoporous Carbons Derived from Chestnut Tannin Precursors," K.M. Nelson, S.M. Mahurin*, R.T. Mayes, B. Williamson†, C.M. Teague, A.J. Binder, L. Baggetto, G.M. Veith, S. Dai*, Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 222, 94-103, 2016.
  • "Computational Investigation of Reactive to Nonreactive Capture of Carbon Dioxide by Oxygen-Containing Lewis Bases," C.M. Teague*, S. Dai, and D. Jiang*, J. Phys. Chem. A 114(43), 11761-11767, 2010.

Recent Presentations

Selected recent presentations; corresponding authors asterisked, undergraduate authors daggered, presenters underlined

  • Upcoming oral:  "Reimagining the hydrogen emission experiment through guided inquiry:  Focusing on atom energy levels," C.M. Teague, C. Salter, S. Singleton, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, 8/16.
  • Upcoming oral:  "Multiple efforts to focus on student learning," C.M. Teague, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, 8/16.
  • Oral:  "Computational study of interactions between CO2 and free anions," T. Pavlik† and C.M. Teague*, Student Symposium, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, 4/16.
  • Poster:  "Carbon dioxide capture with ionic liquids," C. Keenan† and C.M. Teague*, Student Symposium, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, 4/16.
  • Video:  Thoughts on science, teaching, and active learning, C.M. Teague, Tiny Talks on Big Topics, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, released 12/15, link to video.
  • Poster:  "Electronic structure investigations into carbon dioxide-ionic liquid interactions," T. Pavlik† and C.M. Teague*, 25th Conference, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, Evanston, IL, 7/15.
  • Poster:  "Investigation of CO2 capture and separation in room-temperature ionic liquid," J. Wang†, S.M. Mahurin*, C.M. Teague, C.-L. Do-Tranh, D.-E. Jiang, K.M. Nelson, B. Williamson†, S. Dai*, Student Symposium, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, 4/15.
  • Live webstream:  "The story of the atom:  How to be wrong, know you are wrong, and win the Nobel Prize anyway," Block Talk, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, 3/15.
  • Oral:  "Redesigning the hydrogen spectrum experiment for guided inquiry," C. Salter and C.M. Teague, 249th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, CO, 3/15
  • Online:  "Advanced numerical analysis of adsorption processes," B. Williamson†, K. Nelson, S.M. Mahurin*, C.M. Teague, 24th Conference, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, 2/15.

Grants

Selected grants as principal investigator:

  • "Pairing ionic liquids with functional supports:  New nanomaterials for CO2 separation and capture," C.M. Teague* and S.M. Mahurin*, Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program, awarded 3/16.
  • “Investigation of CO2 Binding and Transport in Ionic Liquids,” C.M. Teague* and D.E. Jiang*, Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program, awarded 3/14.
  • Five awards from the Iowa College Foundation R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program.
  • Several internal awards for student/faculty research, faculty travel, course development, and sabbatical funding.

Selected grants as external user; these instruments at the University of Iowa and Coe College are available for our use in research and teaching:

  • "Acquisition of a vibrational sum frequency generation spectrometer," S. Shaw*, Department of Defense, awarded 3/16. 
  • “MRI:  Acquisition of an Integrated AFM/Raman/SNOM System for Materials Characterization,” M. Affatigato*, S. Singleton, S. Feller, M. Dean, National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation, awarded 7/12.
  • “Acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope for Undergraduate Research at Coe College,” M. Affatigato*, M.A. Dean, S.A. Feller, M.R. Leonardo, and S. Singleton, National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation, awarded 7/07.

Academic Awards

  • Campbell McConnell Sabbatical Fellow, Cornell College, 2009-2010 and 2016-2017
  • Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award, Cornell College, 2006
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois, 2000
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, 1999
  • Outstanding Graduate, Missouri State University, 1998

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Committee on Administration, 2014-16
    • Subcommittee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (elected position)
    • Dean's Performance Review Subcommittee
  • Faculty Representative, Crisis Planning and Preparedness Committee, 2012-2015
  • Advisor, Deepwater, 2012-2016
  • Environmental Studies Program Committee, 2007-present
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Academic Regulations and Member, Committee on Academic Affairs, 2013-14
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Academic Programs and Member, Committee on Academic Affairs, 2011-12
  • Member, Reaccreditation Committee, 2005-2009, 2010-11
  • Chair, Committee on Committees (elected position), 2007-2009
  • Various search committees including for Director of Information Technology and for College Librarian
  • Various activities in support of the Admission and Development divisions

Service to the Profession

  • Symposium organizer at four national meetings
  • American Chemical Society Exams Institute, Physical Chemistry Committee
  • Advisory Board, Oak Ridge Science Semester
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and American Chemical Society Books
  • Master's chemistry defense committee, Missouri State University
  • Board of Advisors, Missouri State University Department of Chemistry

Recent Collaborators

  • S.M. Mahurin and S. Dai, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; study of novel ionic liquid systems for carbon dioxide capture
  • D.E. Jiang, University of California - Riverside; study of novel ionic liquid systems for carbon dioxide capture
  • S. Singleton, Coe College; writing guided inquiry labs; physical chemistry pedagogy innovation
  • C. Salter, Moravian College; writing guided inquiry labs
  • C. Liberko, Cornell College; study of a new class of ionic dyes

Memberships

  • Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium
  • American Chemical Society:  Divisions of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Chemical Education; Iowa Local Section
  • American Physical Society:  Fora on History of Physics, Physics Education; Prairie Section
  • Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges
  • American Scientific Affiliation

Recent Conferences Attended

Selected recent conferences and workshops

  • Upcoming:  Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, upcoming 8/16.
  • 26th Conference, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, online, 2/16.
  • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Facilitator Training Workshop, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/16.
  • 25th Conference, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, Evanston, IL, 7/15.
  • Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institute, Adamstown, MD, 7/15.
  • POGIL National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, 6/15.
  • POGIL Physical Chemistry Lab workshops, 2/15; 10/14; 1/14; 7/13; 3/13; 8/12.
  • 24th Conference, Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, online, 2/15.
  • Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI, 8/14.
  • POGIL National Meeting, St. Louis, 6/14.
  • American Chemical Society National Meeting, Indianapolis, 9/13.

Community Activity

  • Several church activities
  • Several musical ensembles