Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Randall Hicks

What I teach: Chemistry—Inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, general chemistry.

What keeps me excited about teaching: The opportunity to share with students that which I believe to be valuable and the satisfaction when they get it.

Why I chose Wheaton: I was initially attracted to Wheaton because of the curriculum, both within my discipline and across the college as a whole. Coming here, I felt that Wheaton was a place where I could be successful in the classroom and the research lab.

My research focus: Inorganic materials chemistry. Specifically, I am interested in designing materials that are effective in removing contaminants from water.

My academic claim to fame: Some of my graduate research in mesoporous materials and catalyst development was patented.

What I want every Wheaton student to learn: That chemistry—and science in general— is of fundamental importance in overcoming society’s biggest challenges.

One of the best books I’ve read: Classic Feynman—All the Adventures of a Curious Character.

What few people know about me: If I told you that, then more than a few people would know…hmmmm…that I played tuba throughout middle and high school.