Dr. Lucas (Luke) McCormick was approved for tenure and promoted to an Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. McCormick, a member of the Bethany faculty since 2013, teaches courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  He also participates in the Interdisciplinary program, Honors program, and Partners in Scholarship program.

“Luke is an award-winning faculty member and is very deserving of tenure and promotion,” President William Jones said. “Given his success with his students, service to our campus community, and his collegial nature, I am confident he will be a leader among our faculty for years to come.”

In addition to his course load, Dr. McCormick serves as the faculty sponsor to the Newtonian Society and chair of the Math and Science Department.

“Dr. McCormick has established himself as a valuable member of the Bethany faculty,” Dr. Mark McDonald, Professor of Biology. “He demonstrates excellence in the classroom by establishing high standards for students, and providing the necessary support in helping students meet those expectations. Whether it is in the classroom or discussions with students in his office, Luke models the characteristics the science programs strives to develop in students; curiosity and a commitment to critical thinking and analysis. His colleagues in the sciences appreciate his leadership as Department Chair, and he brings valuable insight to his work on the Curriculum Committee as well.”

Dr. McCormick has received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award for the 2016-2017 academic year and the Organization Advisor Award (Newtonians) in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017, respectively.

Previously, in 2013, Dr. McCormick obtained his Doctorate in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the University of Kansas.  His graduate research has been published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and Tetrahedron Letters.  A native of Emporia, Kansas, he earned his Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Emporia State University.