Dr. Mary Robert Garrett, Coordinator of Advising

Coordinator of Advising;
Associate Professor of Chemistry;
Chair of the Chemistry Department

Contact Information

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, 420
CPO 2191
Email: garrettm@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3529

Spring 2022

Office Hours

Tue: 9 – 10 a.m., 1 – 2 p.m.
Wed: 1 – 2 p.m.
Thur: 10 – 11 a.m.

Class Schedule

  • CHM 222 A (Thur: 8:30 am – 11:30 am) (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • CHM 452  (Mon/Wed/Fri: 8:00 am – 9:10 am)
  • CHM 222 B (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am) (Thur: 12:00 pm – 2:50 pm)

Coordinator of Advising Responsibilities

As the Coordinator of Advising, Dr. Mary Robert Garrett provides support, oversight, and assessment of advising at Berea. Primary responsibilities include:

  1. training faculty advisors,
  2. developing and maintaining academic advising resources,
  3. cultivating an integrated academic advising model,
  4. ensuring that academic advising is aligned with best practices and initiatives in all areas of the College, particularly those in the Office of Internships and Career Development and the Labor Program,
  5. developing a program and resources to educate staff and labor supervisors about key curricular touchstones and academic policies essential for student success.

The Coordinator reports to and works closely with Dr. Scott Steele, Provost.


  • B.A., Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program Award-“Synthesis of Electron Deficient Tetracenes and TTTs in an Effort to Access Renewable Energy” (2019)
  • The Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars program (cCWCS) travel award to present at the 2019 National American Chemical Society meeting in Orlando, Florida-$1490 (2018)
  • Kentucky’s National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research—Research Scholars Program (KY NSF EPSCoR-RSP)-$17,544 (2018)
  • Appalachia College Association Faculty Sabbatical Fellowship (2016)
  • US-UK Fulbright Scholar Award Alternate (2016)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Berea College Mortar Board (Alpha Sigma Chi Honor Society) for “her outstanding exhibition of scholarship, leadership and service in and out of the classroom.” (2016)
  • Paul C. Hager Excellence in Advising Award at Berea College, “in recognition of her commitment to excellence in advising” (2015)
  • Scaling-up the Introductory Undergraduate STEM Courses at Berea College, Hodge, T., Saderholm, J. C., Ortquist-Ahrens, L., Garrett, M. R., & Kohl, P.-$296,388 from National Science Foundation Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER) Program (Award #1347645) (2013)
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program Award (2013)
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program Award (2012)
  • Berea College Faculty of the Month (November) (feature highlighted in the November 16, 2011 issue of the Pinnacle) (2011)
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program Award (2011)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award-$48,771 (2008)
  • Centenary College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award-$6,500 (2008)
  • Centenary College Summer Research Award-$1,250 (2008)
  • Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Faculty/Staff of the Month (June 2008)
  • Francis P. Venable Fellow (UNC) (2002)
  • Associate of Chemistry Graduate Students First-Year Representative (UNC) (2002)
  • Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society (2001)


  • Chemistry Courses
    • CHM 101: Foundations of Chemistry
    • CHM 131: Accelerated General Chemistry
    • CHM 221: Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 222: Organic Chemistry II
    • CHM 371: Advanced Lab II-Spectroscopy
    • CHM 452: Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHM 471: Advanced Lab IV-Polymers and Green Chemistry
  • General Studies Courses
    • GSTR 332: Scientific Inquiry and Knowledge
    • GST 186: Connecting with Science (2015 Berea Bridge-In Program; team-taught with colleague, Dr. Megan Hoffman, Berea College Biology Department, intertwining introductory chemistry and biology concepts around the theme of “Identity”)
    • GST 186GA: The Chemistry of Art (2016 and 2017 Berea Bridge-In Program; team-taught with colleague, Prof. Lisa Kriner, Berea College Art and Art History Department, exploring the chemistry that makes art)


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education Organic Chemistry Committee
  • Kentucky Academy of Sciences
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Papers and Publications

    • Garrett, M. R.; Duran-Pena, M. J.; Lewis. W.; Pudzs, K.; Uzulis, J.; Mihailovs, I.; Tyril, B.; Shine, J.; Smith. E. F.; Rutkis, M.; Woodward, S. “Synthesis and thermoelectric properties of 2- and 2,8-substituted tetrathiotetracenes.” J. Mater. Chem. C 2018, 6(13), 3403-3409.
    • Mio, M.; Duffy-Matzner, J.; Garrett, M. R. N.; Hollis, G.; Maloney, K.; Paige, M.; Priest, O. P. “American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Exam,” prepared by the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society, Form 2017, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.
    • Garrett, M. R.; Saderholm, M. J. “Bridging the Gap Between Technique-Building Experiments and Independent Research Projects: A One-Step Synthesis Project for First-Semester Organic Chemistry Students.” Chem. Educator 2017, 22, 104-107.
    • Woodward, S.; Ackermann, M.; Ahirwar, S.; Burroughs, L.; Garrett, M. R.; Ritchie, J.; Shine, J.; Tyril, B.; Simpson, K.; Woodward, P. “Straightforward Synthesis of 2- and 2,8-Substituted Tetracenes.” Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23(32), 7819-7824.
    • Hofmeister, G. E.; Bergbreiter, D. E.; Caran, K. L.; Cottone, K. E.; Field, K. W.; Ford, W. T.; Garrett, M. R. N.; Grant, K.; Kalyani, D.; Klein, D.; Maloney, K.; Mio, M. J.; Peters, J.; Raker, J. R..; Thomsen, M. W.; Unger, J. “American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Exam,” prepared by the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society, Form 2016, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.
    • Howell, B. A.; Arrey, L. N.; Balanda, P. B.; Bergbreiter, D. E.; Bosch, E.; Campbell, M. J.; Cottone, K. E.; Ford, W. T.; Fryhle, C. B.; Garrett, M. N.; Hofmeister, G. E.; Miller, S. A.; Mio, M. J.; Myers, D. R.; Thomsen, M. W.; Woosley, R. S. “American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Exam,” prepared by the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society, Form 2012, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
    • Garrett, M. R.; Tarr, J. C.; Johnson, J. S. “Enantioselective Metallophosphite-Catalyzed C-Acylation of Nitrones.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129(43), 12944-12945.
    • Nahm, M. R.; Potnick, J. R.; White, P. S.; Johnson, J. S. “Metallophosphite-Catalyzed Asymmetric Acylation of a,b-Unsaturated Amides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128(8), 2751-2756.
    • Nahm, M. R.; Linghu, X.; Potnick, J. R.; Yates, C. M.; White, P. S.; Johnson, J. S. “Metallophosphite-Induced Nucleophilic Acylation of a,b-Unsaturated Amides:  Facilitated Catalysis by a Diastereoselective Retro [1,4] Brook Rearrangement” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 2377-2379.


“I believe that strong academic advising is the key to a cohesive and meaningful Berea College experience. Advisors help students understand how their general education courses and electives re-enforce and strengthen their interests and academic major. Advisors are also the conduit between academic programs and various other departments and programs on campus that encompass the Berea College experience. As the Coordinator of Advising, I hope to provide resources and tools for our academic advisors to aid in their development in this crucial role. I also hope to strengthen the thread that unites academic advising with other departments on campus such as: the Labor Program; the Center for Internships and Career Development; and the Center for International Education just to name a few.” —Mary Robert Garrett

Mary Robert Garrett earned her B.A. in Chemistry, with a minor in French, from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under Jeff Johnson in 2007 developing new chemical reactions. Immediately after graduation, Mary Robert began teaching in a tenure-track assistant professor position at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. When a position in organic chemistry opened up at Berea College in 2009, she seized the opportunity to move back to Kentucky and enthusiastically support the College’s mission. Mary Robert has taught both introductory and advanced chemistry courses, as well as team-taught interdisciplinary courses in the summer Berea Bridge-In Program, such as, “The Science of Identity,” and “The Chemistry of Art.” Mary Robert strives to make chemistry classes inviting and approachable for non-chemists, so she has incorporated activities in her lectures, such as the chemistry of brass etching, or green (environmentally-friendly) chemistry techniques and practices. Mary Robert earned promotion and tenure from Berea College in 2014 and held a research associate sabbatical position at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, during the 2016-2017 academic year, supported by an Appalachian College Association faculty fellowship. Mary Robert has worked with a number of students in faculty-mentored research projects, most recently focusing on the improvement of solar panel materials in an effort to achieve renewable energy.