Robert Grossman

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Address: Department of Chemistry, 339 Chemistry/Physics Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0055

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Length of Service on the Board: Re-elected for a second three-year term in April 2017, elected faculty representative

Term Expires: June 30, 2020

Offices/Positions Held on the Board: Faculty Representative; Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Dr. Grossman came to the University of Kentucky in 1994 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and postdoctoral work at Cambridge University in England. He was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2004. 

Dr. Grossman’s primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of organic chemistry, a subject whose study is required by a wide variety of disciplines (chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmacy, chemical engineering, nutrition, biotechnology, etc.). His research interests are in the areas of organic synthesis, biochemistry of natural products, and pedagogical software development. He has collaborated with faculty in Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Education, Agriculture, and Engineering, and he has attracted funding from both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He is also the author of a widely used intermediate-level organic chemistry textbook, The Art of Writing Reasonable Organic Reaction Mechanisms. He has been active in the University faculty governance apparatus, serving on Senate Council (including a stint as vice-Chair), several terms in the University Senate, and on various departmental, college, and University-level committees.

He and his wife Barbara, a teacher at Glendover Elementary, have two children: Ben, a junior at Henry Clay High School, and three-year-old Jessie.

Updated November 14, 2018 by Web Administrator