John Alan Goodwin
Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Physics
Coastal Carolina University
F21 Class of 1994
John Goodwin has B.A. degrees in chemistry and music from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Rice University. He has led the implementation of Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) in the chemistry curriculum at CCU and has developed context-rich POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities for general chemistry. He was PI for an $800,000 grant to CCU for upgrading of campus technology resources, creation of a faculty development center, and support of technology-rich curriculum innovation funded by the SC State Education Lottery and through that work served as the university's MERLOT campus liaison. In the implementation of several instructional alternatives in introductory science courses, he has investigated relationships of learning preferences, active learning strategies and student success in general chemistry and has introduced "cafeteria-style grading".
In laboratory research, John collaborates with Prof. John Dawson, a bioinorganic chemist at the University of South Carolina and Dr. Tigran Kurtikyan, who is the director of the laboratory at the Molecular Structure Research Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. These collaborations have been funded by grants from NIHINBRE, Research Corporation and the Armenian-U.S. Bilateral Grants Program of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). These projects deal with anti-inflammatory surfaces for biomedical applications and environmentally benign oxidation catalysts. John has been a member of Project Kaleidoscope's Faculty for the 21st Century since 1994.