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Charles Kutal



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Biographical Sketch of Charles Kutal

Charles Kutal graduated cum laude with a major in chemistry from Knox College in 1965, and received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 1970 from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). He spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Southern California and one year as a National Research Council Associate at the Aerospace Research Laboratory. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1973 and advanced through the ranks, being appointed Professor of Chemistry in 1985. He served as Associate Director of the School of Chemical Sciences from 1989-1991, as Head of the Department of Chemistry from 1991-1996, and in 2002 was appointed as Associate Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Among his responsibilities as Associate Dean is oversight of the $13M supplemental instructional budget, which funds graduate teaching assistants and non-tenure track faculty involved in instruction. He also supervises the undergraduate instructional program of the Franklin College at the UGA Griffin campus.

Professor Kutal has authored over 100 publications dealing with the photochemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds, solar energy conversion and storage, and photosensitive imaging, coatings, and adhesive materials. He has co-edited three books: (1) Solar Energy: Chemical Conversion and Storage, (2) Electron Transfer in Biology and the Solid State, and (3) Photosensitive Metal-Organic Systems: Mechanistic Principles and Applications. He has described his research in over 200 lectures presented at universities, industrial and government laboratories, and scientific conferences. He has been granted several patents that describe novel approaches for photoinitiating ionic polymerization processes.

Professor Kutal received the Undergraduate Teaching Award of the Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, the Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor Award from the UGA Honors Program, was selected as a Senior Teaching Fellow at UGA, and was an inaugural inductee of the UGA Teaching Academy. He was in the first group of faculty members selected to participate in the UGA Deans' Forum, an organization whose goal was to foster enhanced cooperation and collaboration between the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Education. He served on the Secondary Science Education Curriculum Team of the Georgia Systemic Teacher Education Project funded by the U. S. Department of Education. He served on a state-level content assessment panel charged with developing the new Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators.

Beginning in 2003 Professor Kutal has been a regional co-PI for the Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM), which is a five year Math/Science Partnership project funded for $34.6M by the National Science Foundation. Among his many PRISM-related activities are service on the State Leadership Team, Regional Coordinating Committee, and Strategy 10 (faculty incentives and rewards) Committee. PRISM recently received Phase II funding, and Professor Kutal will serve as co-PI on this three-year extension. He also serves as Director of the newly established UGA Office of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Education. 


Inorganic and Organometallic Photochemistry, Photosensitive Materials 


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