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Duane Swank earned his Ph.D. at Montana State University in chemistry, physical chemistry concentration, in 1969. After post-doctoral studies at Washington State University he joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in 1970. In 1982 he received his MBA degree from PLU. His research focuses on computational chemistry, NMR studies of aldopyranose molecules, and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes. During his tenure at PLU he has served as Chemistry Department chair, dean of Natural Sciences, director of Interdisciplinary Studies, chair of the Environmental Studies Program and chair of the University’s Task Force on Teaching and Learning. His teaching responsibilities have included first year chemistry for science majors, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and advanced inorganic chemistry. He has developed in-house laboratory manuals for first year chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. He has also co-authored the Test Item File for Chemistry: The Science in Context, 2nd ed., Gilbert, Kirss, Foster and Davies, authored the revised Student’s Solution Manual and Instructor’s Solution Manual (on-line) for Chemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter, 6th ed., by Jespersen, Brady and Hyslop, and the revised AP Teacher Manual as well as correlation information of chapter topics with the new AP curriculum for Chemistry, 11th ed., by Chang and most recently wrote chapter introductions for the 12th ed. of Chemistry (AP version) by Chang and Goldsby.
Duane has presented the AP* Chemistry Institute at his home institution, Pacific Lutheran University, for 28 years and for the past eight years has presented numerous AP Institutes including silver State, Las Vegas, NV; Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; California State University at Monterey Bay; and Spokane, WA. During the past nine years he has presented numerous AP* Chemistry Workshops in the Western Region as an endorsed consultant for the College Board* and was invited to present a Workshop at the 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. He has served as an AP* chemistry reader for the past thirteen years and currently serves as a Table Leader. He contributed questions for the new 2014 AP chemistry exam. In addition, he serves as an AP* Chemistry Course Audit Reviewer, and was a judge for the CLEP Chemistry exam review. He works with local AP* chemistry teachers and students, providing expertise and resources.
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