Todd Austell

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Chemistry: C143 Kenan Labs

tlaustell@unc.edu
919-962-9429

Biography

“Born sometime in the 1960’s in Shelby, NC. Greatest accomplishment:  Married to Jenna (on May 5, 2012) who was ironically born in Austell, Ga. She is a physical therapist. B.S. Chemistry (B.S. Biology), UNC 1987. First majored in Math and Pre-med. before changing to the above. Lived in Granville and then R.A’ed in Ehringhaus as an undergrad. DOE Fellowship in Nuclear Chemistry, San Jose (SJSU), California, Summer 1986. Assistant Scientist, GlaxoWellcome Pharmaceuticals, 1987-1988. Reentered UNC Graduate School in 1988. Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, UNC 1996. Research advisor: James W. Jorgenson, Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Electrospray and Microelectrospray Ionization: Applications with Mass Spectrometry. Visiting Chemistry Prof. at UNC Fall 1995 – Summer 1997. General College advisor at UNC Summer 1995 – Summer 1997. Previous Teaching Experience: Chem. 101,102,241,261,101L,102L, 441L, 481L. Tutoring in Chem. 101, 102, 241, 261, 262, 430. Math 231. Assistant Professor at United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from July 1997 – June 1998. Current Positions: Research Assistant Professor in UNC Chemistry Dept. since July 1, 1998. Director of General Chemistry Laboratory (Chem. 101L/102L) program July 1, 1998 thru 2008 Director of the Chemistry Tutorial Program since August of 1999. Located in Kenan Labs C143. General College advisor for science majors, for the Johnston Scholars Program, and for the Covenant Scholars program. Departmental advisor for Chemistry majors. Current Dept. Research: -Use of technology in chemistry education. Affect of mathematical skills on performance in chemistry education. Personal Ongoing Readings/Research: -Scientific correlations and support of the Bible. -Origins research. -Human sexuality. Random Stuff: Volunteer Campus Tour Guide at UNC from 1990-2001. Still occasionally give tours and help out at U’grad. Admissions. I worked extensively with Student Ticket distribution for football and b-ball on campus for 6 years while in graduate school. I can help you understand the distribution process if you’re confused. I go to many UNC sports events. Hobbies: Racquetball, Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Four-wheeling, Gardening, Camping, Hiking and Rock Climbing, Exploring the SW US, Basketball, Physical Fitness….and a true-blue Carolina fan of all sports. Interests: Time with family, music (listening to), gardening, electronics, computers, Bible study, and science in general. Other important information: A Christian since 1976 and attendee of the Chapel Hill Bible Church. Faculty sponsor/advisor for the UNC Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Faculty advisor UNC Student/Faculty Christian Fellowship.  “

Other Information

James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award (2011)
Class of 1996 Excellence In Advising Award (2002, 2010)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award (2006)
James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award (2004)
Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award (2002)
Mickel-Shaw Award for Undergraduate Advising (1997, 1999)
Order of the Old Well (1993)
Graduate Teaching Award (1990)