Dr. Joanne Stewart

Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry
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Dr. Joanne Stewart is a professor of chemistry and has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1988.

Joanne has her own research group through the Chemistry Department. The focus of the group is to question how students develop their abilities to address real, complex, science-rich problems. During the duration of her career she has worked with 54 undergraduate students.

While studying at the University of California Berkeley, Joanne conducted her thesis research with Professor Richard A. Andersen on synthesis and characterization of uranium amide and alkoxide compounds. While studying at Kalamazoo College, she conducted undergraduate research on transition metal metallocyclic compounds with Dr. Thomas J. Smith and on metal-metal multiply bonded compounds with Dr. Malcolm H. Chisholm. Joanne was also able to complete partial fulfillment of her B.A. requirements at the Friedrich-Alexander University in the Federal Republic of Germany, from 1980–81.

See Dr. Stewart's current research 


  • Chemistry research
  • Science teaching


  • Ph.D., inorganic chemistry, University of California Berkeley, 1988 
  • B.A., chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 1982


  • “IONiC: A Cyber-Enabl ed Community of Practice for Improving Inorganic Chemical Education.” with E. Benatan, H.J. Eppley, M.J. Geselbracht, A.R. Johnson, B.A. Reisner, L. Watson and B.S. Williams, ConfChem Conference, April–June 2008
  • Cultivation of an Interdisciplinary, Research-Based Neuroscience Minor at Hope College,” with Leah A. Chase and Christopher C . Barney, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 5(1), fall 2006
  • “Assessment and Evaluation of the Undergraduate Research Experience,” in Enhancing Research in the Chemical Sciences at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: A Report from the Undergraduate Research Conference, Bates College, August 2–4, 2003
  • ChemConnections: A Guide to Teaching with Modules,” with V. Wilkerson, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
  • “Build a Better CD Player: How Can You Get Blue Light From a Solid?” with G.C. Lisensky, A.B. Ellis, H. Beall and D.J. Campbell, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
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Dr. Joanne Stewart

Phone Number616.395.7634

A. Paul Schaap Science Center 2057 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3605
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