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James P. Deavor

Associate Dean, School of Sciences and Mathematics

Address: SSMB 130B
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30 by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8095
Personal Website:


University of South Carolina
Ph.D. 1983

Mercer University
B.S. 1978

Research Interests

Atomic Spectroscopy; Molecular spectroscopy, Chemical education.

Courses Taught

CHEM 101 General Chemistry
CHEM 102
 Organic & Biological Chemistry
CHEM 111
 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112
 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 220
 Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
 Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 490
 Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar
CHEM 492
 Senior Seminar CHEM 521 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 522
Environmental Chemistry


Professional Publications:
1."Determination of Electron Density in an Atomic Plasma by Least-Squares Fit to the Stark Profile",S.R. Goode and J.P. Deavor, Spectrochim. Acta, 39B, 547 (1984).
2."Influence of Pressure on the Properties of a Microwave-Induced" Plasma", S.R. Goode, N.P.Buddin, B. Chambers, K.W. Baughman, and J.P. Deavor, Spectrochim. Acta, 40B, 317 (1985).
3."Simplex Optimization: A Computer Program for Instrumental Analysis", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem.Ed., 64, 792 (1987).
4."Lecture Demonstrations for Organic/Biochemistry Allied Health Courses", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem.Ed., 65, 622 (1988).
5."Solution Nebulization of Aqueous Samples into the Tubular Electrode Capacitively Coupled Microwave Plasma", B.M. Patel, J.P. Deavor, and J.D. Winefordner, Talanta, 35, 641 (1988).
6. "Fiber Optic Probe of a Flame for Copper Number Density Determination", J.P. Deavor, J.B.Womack, B.W. Smith, and J.D. Winefordner, Appl. Spectrosc., 43, 165 (1989).
7. "A Governor's School Course Emphasizing Chemical Reactions", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ.,67, 669 (1990).
8.. "Chemistry: The Ultimate Liberal Art", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 67, 881 (1990).
9. "The Chemistry Minor", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 67, 847 (1990).
10. "The Freshman Seminar", J.P. Deavor and H. Donato, Jr., J. Chem. Educ., 67, 953 (1990).
11. "Environmental Education within Undergraduate Chemistry Departments in the United States",J.P. Deavor, Environ. Sci. Tech., 26, 34 (1992).
12. "Chemistry Merit Badge", J.P. Deavor, G.L. Asleson, E.M. Martin, and C. Metz, J. Chem. Educ.,69, 131 (1992).
13. "Equal Credit for Equal Hours", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 69, 310 (1992).
14. "Atomic Emission Spectrometry of Microsamples in a Glow Discharge", E.B. Becerra, J. Deavor,and J.D. Winefordner, Spectrosc. Lett., 25, 1257, (1992).
15. "Laser Excited Atomic Fluorescence Determination of Sub-Microliter Aqueous Samples of LeadUsing A Planar Cathode Glow Discharge", J.P. Deavor, E. Becerra, B.W. Smith, and J.D. Winefordner,Can. J. Appl. Spectrosc., 38, 7 (1993).
16. "Chemistry Merit Badge Revision", J.P. Deavor, C. Metz, J. King, and J. Barton, J. Chem. Educ.,71, 113 (1994).
17."Role Playing in the Quantitative Analysis Lab", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 71, 980 (1994).
18. "Chemistry Learning Centers for Elementary School Libraries", J.P. Deavor and J.W. Deavor, J.Chem. Educ., 72, 798 (1995).
19. "Chemical Jeopardy", J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 73, 430 (1996).
20. "Using the World Wide Web as a Tool in Administering Academic Departments", The Department Chair,J.P. Deavor, 7(2), 11 (1996).
21. “Who Wants to be a (Chemical) Millionaire?”, J.P. Deavor, J. Chem. Educ., 78,467 (2001).