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About

Joan Esson, Ph.D

Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor


Education
Baldwin-Wallace College, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
The University of Michigan, PhD

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Development and application of electrochemical and optical sensors for clinical applications
  • Developing and assessing the impact of service-learning and writing in the chemical curriculum
Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Oversees the Cardinal Science Scholars Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation
  • The Undergraduate Science Research Program, which is funded by the Merck Institute for Education
Personal Bio
Joan joined the Otterbein faculty in 2007 as a specialist in Analytical Chemistry. She teaches courses in Introductory Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Integrative Studies. Joan also oversees the Cardinal Science Scholars Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Undergraduate Science Research Program, which is funded by the Merck Institute for Education.

Joan is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, which was followed by graduate studies at The University of Michigan. After receiving her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Mark Meyerhoff, Joan completed her postdoctoral research at Penn State University in the laboratory of Andrew Ewing, and taught at Kalamazoo College before coming to Otterbein.

Joan’s research focuses on the development and application of electrochemical and optical sensors for clinical applications, and she actively involves undergraduate students in her work. She also has an interest in developing and assessing the impact of service-learning and writing in the chemical curriculum.

Joan is active in a variety of sports. Most notably, she is a skydiving instructor and competitor. Joan resides in Westerville with her St. Bernard-boxer mix, Josie.

/ Contact

Science Building 309

JEsson@otterbein.edu

614.823.1716