Jesse Crandall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., SUNY-ESF
B.A., Macalester College
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The Road to USJ

Jesse Crandall, Ph.D., joined the department of Chemistry at the University of Saint Joseph after years of both fieldwork and teaching in higher education. Crandall – who earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) – has served in numerous professorial roles at institutions, including Vassar College and Utica College in New York. “Throughout my career, I’ve sought opportunities to work with students at institutions where there is great teacher-student interaction and small classes,” remarked Crandall. “The sense of community at USJ motivates me to be the best teacher that I can.”

A Love of Travel and Research

Dedicated to advancing his field through research, Crandall’s work has largely focused on the aquatic world. He explores energy and nutrient acquisition in coral reefs and uses analytical chemistry techniques to better understand how corals will respond to a changing ocean. He also applies these techniques to other aquatic and terrestrial systems. Crandall’s research has instilled a love of travel in him, taking him around the world to collect samples for analysis in the lab. Prior to joining the world of academia, he also worked in industrial research laboratories at 3M and SC Johnson. He now shares the love of research he developed throughout his career with undergraduate students, dedicating his time to conducting projects alongside them. “Research with undergraduates is one of the cornerstones of my teaching philosophy,” Crandall explained. “Developing meaningful experiences for students in and out of the classroom is a valuable part of the college experience.”

A Wealth of Possibilities

With a vast knowledge of Chemistry and extensive field experience, Crandall provides students with an insightful curriculum in the classroom. His experiences in both academia and the field inform his teaching, allowing him to share the numerous applications and fields available to students after graduation. “It is my goal to work with every one of my students so that the learning experience is custom-tailored to their styles,” Crandall stated. “This way, students can develop tools to become lifelong learners by taking skills, experiences, and knowledge gained in a Chemistry class and applying them throughout their college and future careers.”