Jason Powell


Associate Professor of Chemistry and PhysicsJason Powell

School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Chemistry, minors in Computer Science and Mathematics), 1996
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chemistry), 2001
M.A., The University of Virginia (Physics Education), 2005

Email: jpowell@ferrum.edu
Office phone: (540) 365-4376
Office: Garber 112
Teaching at Ferrum since: 2001

Courses taught:

CHM 101 - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 103 - General Chemistry I
CHM 104 - General Chemistry II
CHM 180/181/280/281/380/381/480/481 - Practicum
CHM 490 - Special Topics (Polymer Chemistry)
CHM 195/196/295/296/395/396/495/496 - Independent Research
CHM 305 - Analytical Chemistry
CHM 331 - Forensic Science
CHM 341 - Physical Chemistry I
CHM 342 - Physical Chemistry II
CHM 405 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 425 - Inorganic Chemistry
GWS 101 - Ferrum Gateway Seminar
PHY 203 - Fundamentals of Physics I
PHY 204 - Fundamentals of Physics II
SCI 136 - Chemistry in Our World
SCI 144 - Science of Crime
SCI 250 - Physical Science

I love working with students who have varied interests related to chemistry. If you've always wondered about something and never had a chance to take a look, I'm the person to talk to! I also have current projects that could always use a fresh perspective. Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call and we can talk about them.


Student Solutions Manual for Johll's Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective, 1st Edition (2006), 2nd Edition (2010), and 3rd Edition (2012)
Student Solutions Manual for Johll's Exploring Chemistry: Connections to Everyday Life, 1st Edition (2012)
Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program Report, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, with C. L. Thomas, D. M. Johnson, C. C. Love, D. R. Heck, and B. R. Pohlad
Physical Science Laboratory Manual, 2008, with D. A. Bowman
The Ferrum College Guide to Engaged Pedagogies in Science and Mathematics, 2010, with K. J. Goff and D. A. Bowman
"Impacts of Student-Directed Research Programs at an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Institution", CUR Quarterly, Fall 2012, 2012, 33, 1, 22-27, with M. A. Gazdik

Projects and research interests:

Polyoxometalate synthesis and characterization
Engaged pedagogies
Chemical education

Personal Website:



Jason Powell knew that he would do something related to chemistry teaching as soon as he was tutoring his classmates in A.P. Chemistry during his senior year in high school (in Fauquier County, Virginia). After obtaining his B.S. degree with a chemistry major and minors in computer science and mathematics at Virginia Tech, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests focus on the chemistry of polyoxometalates (nanoparticle-sized anionic clusters of transition metal oxides) and their interactions with metallic and semiconductor surfaces. After coming to Ferrum College in 2001, Dr. Powell also earned his M.A. degree in physics education from The University of Virginia. He served Ferrum for five years as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2010-2015) and is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics.
Dr. Powell and his wife, Jenny, have five children. They are active members in Franklin Heights Baptist Church in Rocky Mount where Dr. Powell serves as a Sunday school teacher, AWANA leader/director, and deacon.


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