• Craig Teague

    Craig Teague

    Associate Dean of the College, Professor of Chemistry; Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor

Academic History

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S., Physics and Chemistry (double major), summa cum laude in the Honors College, Missouri State University, 1998 


Cornell College

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Chemistry (2003-present)

Director of Ingenuity, the Cornell College Core Curriculum (2020-present)

Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor (2019-2021)

Department Chair, Department of Chemistry (2010-2013, 2017-2018)

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

Visiting Faculty (July 2009-July 2010, May-Aug 2014, June 2016-Aug 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
  • INT 111:  First Year Seminar:  How Do We Know What We Know?

Like almost all faculty members at Cornell College, I care deeply about teaching and I constantly strive to improve my courses in innovative ways.  For me, this is connected with scholarship in that I seek to implement evidence-based teaching practices.  More information is found below and in this link and this link.  Though the latter did not get many views on YouTube, it got over 15,000 views on Facebook in less than five days. 

Faculty-Student Research

  • ~35 student-summers in student/faculty research
  • 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


Edited book

  • Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry, C.M. Teague and D.E. Gardner, Eds., American Chemical Society:  Washington, D.C., distributed by Oxford University Press, July 2018, ISBN 9780841232884.

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters, 2010-present; corresponding authors asterisked, undergraduate authors daggered

  • "Focusing on Student Learning:  Efforts at Multiple Levels," in Chemistry Student Success:  A Field-Tested, Evidence-Based Guide, A.F. Johnson and O.O. Odeleye, Eds., American Chemical Society Symposium Series Vol. 1343, March 2020.
  • "Microporous and hollow carbon spheres derived from soft drinks:  Promising CO2 separation materials," C.M. Teague, J.A. Schott, C. Stieber†, Z.E. Mann†, P. Zhang, B.R. Williamson, S. Dai*, and S.M. Mahurin*, Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 286, 199-206, 2019.
  • "Partition Functions and Statistical Thermodynamics:  Spreadsheet Activities to Promote Connections in Physical Chemistry," C.M. Teague* and T.H. Jordan, in Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry, C.M. Teague and D.E. Gardner, Eds., American Chemical Society Symposium Series Vol. 1279, July 2018.
  • "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.


Rather than listing presentations, here is a matrix of the number of presentations based on the categories of who gave the presentations and the general venue.  In all cases I was an author on the presentations, and each presentation in this matrix is distinct from the others.

Number of presentations     Given by me     Given by my students     Given by my collaborators

Invited                                   5    

International and national        22                    7                                   6

Regional                                 7                      6  

Local                                      13                    35  

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Various task forces dealing with COVID-19, 2020-present
  • Faculty Council, Chair, 2019-2020 (elected position)
  • Faculty Council, 2018-2019 (elected position)
    • Chair, Academic Regulations Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2017-2018
    • Chair, New Revenue Sources Working Group
  • Committee on Administration, 2014-16
    • Subcommittee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (elected position)
    • Dean's Performance Review Subcommittee
    • Non-Tenure Track Faculty Issues Subcommittee
  • Faculty Representative, Crisis Planning and Preparedness Committee, 2012-2015, 2017-2018
  • Advisor, Deepwater, 2012-present
  • 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, 2010-12, 2017-2018
  • Faculty Handbook Review Committee, 2011
  • Chair, Committee on Committees (elected position), 2007-2009
  • Mentor for two new faculty members
  • Significant departmental service of various kinds
  • Various search committees including for Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Director of Information Technology, and College Librarian, several faculty positions, several staff positions
  • Various activities in support of the Admission and Development divisions

Professional Activity

Cornell College activities

  • Teaching What You Don't Know reading group, 2018-2019
  • Co-author of a Cornell Report cover story, 2018-2019
  • Make It Stick reading group, 2017-2018
  • College Futures group, 2015-2016
  • Author of a Cornellian guest article, 2008-2009
  • First Year Experience reading group, 2006-2007
  • 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

POGIL Project, 2010-present:  Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a pedagogy and teaching philosophy that I use in my courses.  In a POGIL classroom students discover content themselves through carefully designed activities and structured team work; POGIL pedagogy delivers content while also intentionally focusing on lifelong learning skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving.  The POGIL Project is the nonprofit organization spearheading this effort.  I am involved in the following aspects of the POGIL Project:

  • Physical Chemistry Lab project:  working on teams in writing, reviewing, testing, and implementing guided inquiry laboratory activities for physical chemistry; primary authorship of two experiments and contributions to more
  • Strengthening Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory (SPIRAL) project:  working on teams in writing, reviewing, testing, and implementing guided inquiry laboratory activities for introductory chemistry; primary authorship of three experiments
  • Summer Coordinating Facilitator:  see below
  • Summer Workshop Coordination Team:  review of past summer workshops and plan the next summer's workshops
  • Reviewer and class tester for physical chemistry classroom activities
  • Strategic plan initiatives, including the POGIL Activity Clearinghouse team that is designing and implementing a system to generate more high-quality POGIL student activities
  • Roundtable and session leader, National Conference for Advanced POGIL Practitioners

Oak Ridge Science Semester Advisory Board, 2009-present:  this program provides advanced undergraduates with an immersive research experience while also earning full academic credit; this group reviews program operation and chooses students and Resident Faculty Directors for upcoming semesters

American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education

  • Physical Chemistry Exam Committee, 2017-present:  this committee is writing a set of four nationally-normed exams for use by faculty around the world
  • Program Committee, 2017-present:  this committee plans and organizes National Meeting symposia for the Division; each meeting has over 1000 presentations in the Division
    • Program Co-Chair for the Spring 2020 National Meeting; while the meeting did not happen in a standard format, we worked with 1000+ individual presentations organized into dozens of symposia
  • Symposium organizer, national meetings, 2010-present:  organized a total of seven symposia; the most recent one featured four full sessions of talks and standing room only in the audience

Engaging Students in Physical Chemistry Google Group, 2016-present:  Originator, organizer, and moderator of an online forum for physical chemistry faculty members to discuss course content, discuss pedagogy, and share resources and ideas

Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium, 2012-present:  This allows my students and me to use a high-performance computer cluster that is dedicated for undergraduate use and provides meeting and presentation opportunities for students


  • Journal articles for two journals
  • Book chapters for one publisher
  • External reviewer for tenure and promotion cases at three different colleges
  • External reviewer for one department's comprehensive program review
  • Grant reviewer for one organization

Communications, networking, and sharing pedagogy regarding short-format teaching and learning

Master of Science defense committee member, Missouri State University

Missouri State University Department of Chemistry Advisory Board

Data provider for chemical education researchers

Workshop Facilitation

  • Teaching and Learning on the Block Plan, co-facilitators:  M. Herder and C.M. Teague, workshop for Cornell College faculty, Mount Vernon, IA, January 2020
  • Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, led a total of three identical 3 hour sessions for all Cornell College faculty and staff, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, August 2019
  • POGIL Summer Workshop, Coordinating Facilitator:  chose facilitation team, planned the workshop, leading a team of 8 facilitators; three day workshop, Columbus, OH, July 2019
  • "Introduction to POGIL Labs:  Strengthening Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory," co-facilitators:  M.P. Garoutte and C.M. Teague, breakout session at the 17th POGIL National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, June 2019
  • "Introduction to POGIL Labs:  Strengthening Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory," co-facilitators:  M.P. Garoutte and C.M. Teague, three hour workshop at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, South Bend, IN, July 2018
  • POGIL North Central Regional Workshop, Regional Coordinating Facilitator:  chose facilitation team, planned the workshop, led a team of five facilitators; three day workshop, Chicago, IL, July 2018
  • Strengthening Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory, co-facilitators:  M.P. Garoutte, T.A. Herzog, and C.M. Teague, breakout session at the 16th POGIL National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, June 2018
  • "Overall Best Practices for Short Format Courses," co-facilitators:  T. Barnes-Brus and C.M. Teague, led a session for all faculty, led a breakout session for science faculty, and participated in a 1.5 day workshop, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, May 2018
  • POGIL North Central Regional Workshop, shadow Regional Coordinating Facilitator:  participated on a team of ten facilitators and shadowed the Coordinating Facilitator; three day workshop, St. Paul, MN, July 2017

Academic Awards

  • Richard and Normal Small Distinguished Professorship, 2019-2021
  • 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

Recent Collaborators

  • S.M. Mahurin and S. Dai, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; study of new materials for carbon dioxide capture
  • D.E. Jiang, University of California - Riverside; study of new materials 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


  • 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

Community Activity

  • Several church activities
  • Several musical ensembles