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Kasem K. Kasem
Kasem K. Kasem,  Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Teaching

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
  • Graduate Research in Chemistry (at Assiut University)
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis (400 level)/Lab
  • Statistical Thermodynamics (300 level) (at Assiut University & Al Fateh University)
  • Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry (300 level)/Lab
  • Physical Chemistry (200 & 300 level)/Lab(at Assiut University & Al Fateh University)
  • Principles of Chemistry (Science and pre Medical, Pharm, chem.Eng.)/Lab
  • Introductory Chemistry (for non-majors)/Lab.

Published Books:

  • Practical Chemistry, Kasem K. Kasem, F. M. El-Chiek and A.A. El-Miehoub. Arabic House of Books (Tunisia) 1985.
  • Chemistry for High School, Kasem K. Kasem and A.A. El-Miehou. Ministry of Education, Tripoli, Libya 1984.

Teaching Goals and Objectives:

Philosophy: I believe that the instructor at the college level is not a book interpreter.  In order to avoid students' frustrations or boredom with their textbooks,  I believe a professor should edit information narrated in such books by adding to deficiencies in the information given, or by deleting extensively windy or unnecessary information.  When teaching chemistry majors a professor should, despite the level of the course, review fundamental basics of chemistry in the introductory lectures of the semester (e.g. review sessions.) He/she should also correlate materials covered in class to complement a coinciding lab to better reinforce covered subjects and he/she should provide an intellectual challenge to substantiate students' talents in modern chemistry.  Finally, I believe a thorough professor may assign a chemistry student a small project which would further that student's understanding and application of chemistry in his/her chosen field.

Approach: Initially, I assess the potential of the student based on his/her prior exposure to chemistry in general (pre-lab quizzes or first exams usually offer significant information).  I then create tests that enable my students to understand the importance of model-building, the necessity for integrating course content, and as a vehicle for communicating my philosophy of teaching.  My tests do not merely focus on evaluation but also on development of intellectual-mindedness.  This approach reflects the educational research which aims at meta-level thinking.  Finally, I encourage students to seek special help which I offer through my office hours. I average about 10 hours per week, which services approximately 30 students.

Practice Questions: C101, C105, C106

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Chemistry, July 2003
    • Department of Natural, Information, and Mathematical Sciences, IU Kokomo.
    • Research in electrochemistry of thin solid films with redox centers
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, July 1997-July 2003
    • Department of Natural, Information, and Mathematical Sciences, IU Kokomo.
    • Research in electrochemistry of polymer modified electrodes with redox centers.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1991-1997
    • Department of Natural, Information, and Mathematical Sciences, IU Kokomo.
    • Research in electrochemistry of polymer modified electrodes with redox centers.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (sabbatical replacement) 1989-1990
    • Chemistry Department, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1988-1989
    • Chemistry Department, Purdue University, IN.
    • Physical and analytical applications of chemically modified electrodes.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1986-1988
    • Chemistry Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
    • Semiconductors' electrochemistry. Electrochemical behavior of polymeric thin films. Activation and metallization of polymers.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    • Chemistry Department, Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya.
    • Electro-deposition of metals and alloys. Corrosion.
  • Lecturer of Chemistry, 1978-1981
    • Chemistry Department, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.
    • Applied electrochemistry. Electro-deposition of metals and alloys. Corrosion.
Last updated: 11/08/2016