Robert E. Howard

Robert Howard

ProfessorKeplinger Hall M255

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Indiana University, 1975
  • B. A., Chemistry/Physics, Cornell College, 1969

Areas of Research Focus

  • Theoretical Chemical Physics – Simulation of biochemical reactions.
  • Chemical Education, particularly at the elementary and middle school level.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 9/77 - 12/81, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas-Permian Basin, Odessa,TX

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 9/76 - 9/77, National Science Foundation Energy-Related Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 10/75 - 10/76, Research Associate, IBM Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi
  • Oklahoma Academy of Science
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Courses Taught at TU

  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 1013)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 3033)
  • Physical Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 3031)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 4023)
  • Physical Chemistry II Lab (CHEM 4021)
  • Standards-Based Chemistry (CHEM 4153)

Awards & Recognition

  • Associated Western Universities Summer Faculty Fellowship, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, June-August 1982.
  • Champion for Success Award, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education presented in to honor outstanding service to K-12 students across Oklahoma, November 2003.
  • Nominee, Leadership Tulsa Paragon Award for Community Service, 1987
  • Merck Foundation Award for Innovative Science Education, 1993.
  • Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999.
  • NSF Energy-Related Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1976-1977.
  • Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, 2000. Presented by the five Oklahoma sections of the American Chemical Society.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, Indiana University, 1971.
  • Panhellenic Council Excellence in Teaching Award, 1995.


  • R. E. Howard, S. Barnes, and P. Hollingsworth, "A Chemistry Laboratory Program for Gifted Elementary School Children," Journal of Chemical Education, 66, 512-514, 1989.

  • S. Holt and R. Howard, "A Collaboration to Improve the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in the Public Schools," NCA Quarterly, 72, 440-443, 1998.

  • R. E. Howard and S. Block, "A University-Based Private School Science Program," Gifted Child Today, 14, #76, 21-22, 1991.

  • R. E. Howard, L. Mansker, and D. L. Thompson, "Cross Sections for Complex Formation in H+OH Collisions," Chemical Physics Letters, 127, 398-401, 1986.

  • E. S. Kelble, R. E. Howard, and J. B. Tapp, "Enhancing Physical Science Instruction for Gifted Elementary Students: Developing Teacher Confidence and Skills," Roeper Review, 16, 162-166, 1994.

  • R. E. Howard, T. L. Plank, S. R. Trussell, and B. Saadevandi, "Quasiclassical Trajectory Calculation of Argon-Argon Recombination Rates," Chemical Physics Letters, 142, 33-36, 1987.

  • R.E. Howard and W. J. Boone, "Revitalizing Introductory Science Laboratory Programs: What Enhances Students' Enjoyment of Science?" Journal of College Science Teaching, 26. 383-387, 1997.