Howard Edward Thomas
Dr. & Mrs. James Rogers Young Professor of Chemistry
Department Chair
Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Bristol in England.  He has been at Erskine since 1975 and teaches primarily introductory and analytical chemistry classes.  The Thomas research group is working on gas-solid interactions.  More information regarding Dr. Thomas’s current research interests are available here.

Tiffany Hayden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Hayden earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. at the University of Pittsburg, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Baylor University.  She has taught at Erskine since 2009 and teaches primarily organic and biochemistry courses.  Her undergraduate research group is involved with ionic liquids.  More information on the Hayden research group is available here.

Joel E. Boyd, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Boyd did his undergraduate work at Wayland Baptist University, and earned his Ph.D. at Rice University.  He joined the chemistry faculty at Erskine in 2013 after teaching at Gordon College and Wayland Baptist University for a combined 12 years.  Dr. Boyd teaches introductory and physical chemistry at Erskine.  His undergraduate research group is investigating new methods for the photocatalytic purification of water.  More information on the Boyd research group is available here.

Bright Lowry, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Lowry came to Erskine in 1974 after teaching at Southern Methodist University for several years.  He earned a BS degree at MIT and completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Chicago.  His research activities at Erskine involved the viscosity of liquid crystal materials, and he was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Erskine in 1987.  Dr. Lowry taught general and physical chemistry along with astronomy at Erskine until he retired in 2005.  After teaching astronomy in an adjunct capacity at Erskine for three more years, he was named Professor Emeritus in 2008.  Dr. Lowry remains active in the life of the department and is the resident laboratory glass-blowing expert on campus.