Dr. Carla Swearingen

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Dr. Carla Swearingen

Dr. Carla Swearingen

Dean of Faculty Development
Director, Office for the Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
B.A., Hendrix College


Dr. Carla Swearingen came to John Brown University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Swearingen's course load includes General Chemistry I and II, Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Physical Science.

Dr. Swearingen works with undergraduate students on an ongoing research project looking at nanotechnology. The students, together with Dr. Swearingen, modify gold nanotubes to detect low levels of environmental contaminants.

Chemistry caught Dr. Swearingen's interest because of the fulfillment she fills when she can answer the question "Why?" She uses her detail orientation to study the world at its smallest level.

Dr. Swearingen is excited to incorporate her faith into the study of Chemistry and pass that passion on to students. She seeks to glorify God as a chemist by educating the next generation of scientists, honoring creation by seeking environmentally sensitive chemistry methods, and pursuing the application of science to meet community