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Pam Smith

Chemistry Instructor

Office: Galle Johnson 303 #6, Arkansas City Campus
Phone: 620.441.5203
Email: Pam.Smith@cowley.edu

Pam SmithPam Smith likes that there is never a dull moment at Cowley. She also takes pleasure in getting to know students and helping them make goals and plans.

“I get a special joy when I see students achieve their dreams, or when I see them years later and they are happy with life.”

Pam is a native of Winfield, Kansas. I have been at Cowley since 1996, and I can truly say that my life has been blessed and enriched by all of my students and colleagues throughout the years. I teach Chemistry 1 & 2 and Organic Chemistry 1 & 2, both lecture and lab sections. I also take care of the chemical storeroom. Every day is an adventure! There is never a dull moment at Cowley, and I get a special joy when I see former students achieve their dreams. I thoroughly enjoy helping the young people, who have been entrusted to us, make plans and work toward goals, both big and small.

My husband, Randy, and I have four children (1 boy and 3 girls) and nine grandchildren (5 boys and 4 girls). We enjoy boating and hanging out at the lake in the summertime. Each year we have a family vacation for one week in July near Shell Knob, Missouri on beautiful Table Rock Lake, where we swim and play on our ski boat. I love to play all outdoor sports, especially tennis and softball. Randy and I also share an appreciation for the sport of hockey, and we are season ticket holders for the Wichita Thunder hockey team. On a more personal note, we are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield, where I sing in the church choir and the Alleluia choir, and I assist with youth group activities. When at home, I spend lots of time with my cat, Hobo, and my dog, Jemima, and as much time as possible with my children and grandchildren. I feel so blessed to have a position in a profession I love and to have a healthy and happy family!

Smith has been recognized several times for the work she has done as an instructor at Cowley. Her awards include: Who’s Who Among American College Instructors in 1998; U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Participant – PRAIRY Cadre I, 1999-2002; Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas in 1999; National Science Foundation and National Computational Science Institute Grant Recipient, 2003-2006; Cowley College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning, 2004-2006; Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.

Degrees:

  • A.S. - Physical Science - Cowley College
  • B.S. - Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude - Wichita State University
  • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction - Southwestern College
  • 4 Year Doctoral Studies/Doctoral Fellowship, Chemistry Department Wichita State University in Protein Chemistry
  • A.B.D. - Chemistry - Wichita State University

Awards:

  • Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Who’s Who Among American College Instructors
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Austin, TX, Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Two-time NISOD Master Presenter
  • Cowley College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning sponsored by CornerBank
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) Grant Recipient
  • U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Participant
  • Host for 2006 Kansas College Chemistry Teachers’ Conference (KCCTC)
  • Lab Safety Certificate from Laboratory Safety Institute, Natick, MA
  • Research Fellow, Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • One-Professor Award from Pearson Higher Education (nominated by students in Phi Theta Kappa honor society)

Associations:

  • American Chemical Society; Wichita Section
  • American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education
  • ACS 2-Year College Chemistry Consortium
  • Cowley College Education Association, CEA (Negotiations Team member, former President and Vice-President)
  • National Education Association (NEA) & Kansas NEA (KNEA)
  • Kansas Core Outcomes Group (KCOG) for chemistry established by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
  • Cowley College Site Safety Team
  • Co-chair AQIP Program Level Outcomes Assessment Team (PLO Team)