Dr. Charles James

Associate Professor; Molecular Spectroscopy
Zeis Hall 106, CPO #2010
828.251.5171

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 178 "Bad Science" Fiction, a Liberal Arts Core First-Year Colloquium course
  • CHEM 314 Physical Chem I Lab
  • CHEM 315 Physical Chem II Lab
  • CHEM 334 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 373 Science in Ghana a Study Abroad Course
  • HUM 124 The Ancient World
  • HUM 324 The Modern World
  • HUM 414 The Individual in the Contemporary World

Education

  • PhD, University of SC - Columbia
  • MS, Clemson University
  • BA, University of North Carolina Asheville

About me

Nunc hoc in marmore non est incisum

I am a product of the school (Class of 1973) at which I am now teaching. Trying to pass on the philosophy given to me - that the liberal arts are not just disciplines but a way of looking for the connections in the world.

Teaching interests

  • General Chemistry
  • General Education Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Humanities 

Research Interests

Molecular Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry in Education, Ethno-Chemistry

Publications, Papers and Presentations

  • "Exploring Science in Ghana: What it Teaches", 12-Feb-15, National Association of African American Studies 2015 Joint National Conference, Baton Rouge LA
  • "Learning Science from Ghana", 11-Feb-14, National Association of African American Studies 2014 Joint National Conference, Baton Rouge LA
  • Translation and publication of  three Physical Chemistry Mathproccesor Work sheets from the  MathCad  language into Maple  worksheet language..  Journal of Chemical Education,Vol. 85 No. 12 December 2008, www.JCE.DivCHED.org, Division of Chemical Education page 1706
  • “Ghana” for students (with Deborah James, Reid Chapman, Ellen Pearson and Eric Gant)  UNCA Highsmith Union Fall, 2009.
  • “Ghana” for faculty /staff (with Deborah James, Reid Chapman, Ellen Pearson and Eric Gant) UNCA Highsmith Union Fall, 2009.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 236th National Meeting Presentation. "Use of molecular modeling in the physical chemistry Particle in a Box experiment" 2008-8-18, Oral presentation