University of South Alabama, B.S. in 2002
Florida State University, Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, 2008
University of South Alabama, Postdoc, 2009 - 2011
Office Location: CHEM 113
Phone: (251) 460 – 6099
CH 101L Survey of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry Lab
CH 131L General Chemistry I Lab
CH 132L General Chemistry II Lab
Teaching is not just a profession. Perhaps two famous quotes: "What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation," from Marcus Tullius Cicero and "What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?" from Harriet Martineau help to describe vividly the crucial nature of this truly noble cause. Its rewards can rarely be comprehended because one never knows when and how the effects of teaching will impact individuals or masses.
The importance of laboratory work as a significant part of the chemistry experience is a high priority because it provides hands-on experience that will help students to understand concepts and practical applications of material learned in lecture. "Learning by doing" as well as "learning from mistakes" has always been effective, especially in science. Keeping the theoretical background to a minimum helps students to keep focused on task at hand. Students are able to directly observe results of their work and build confidence by successfully completing the exercises. Lab work is also a crucial first step towards learning how to think as a scientist, how to solve problems and also be creative within the task. I believe that critical scientific thinking is the most important but most challenging skill to acquire. Hopefully, students will become able to make connection between what is taught in the lecture and how that knowledge is applied practically.
Finally, it is crucial to understand that students are people first. The importance of the human aspect unfortunately often gets lost in large classrooms or busy schedules. I like to be approachable by students in case they need it without giving up the distance between teacher and student which would preserve objectivity.
Recent Publications & Collaborations:
Stojanovic, M., Robinson, N. J., Assefa, Z., Sykora, R. E., "Structural analysis and photoluminescence properties of low dimensional lanthanide tetracyanometallates" Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2011, 376, 414–421.
Stojanovic, M., Robinson, N. J., Ngo, T., Sykora, R. E.,"Absence of platinophilic interactions in a series of tetracyanoplatinates incorporating cyclic amines" J. Chem. Crystallogr., 2011, 41, 1425–1432.
Reynolds, P. C., Stojanovic, M., Latturner, S.E., "Flux growth of a new cobalt–zinc–tin ternary phase Co7+xZn3-xSn8 and its relationship to CoSn" J. Solid State Chem., 2011, 184, 1875–1881.
Stojanovic, M., Robinson, N. J., Chen, X., Sykora, R. E.,"Reduction of structural dimensionality through incorporation of auxiliary ligands in lanthanide tetracyanoplatinates" zz, 2011, 370, 513–518.
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