Nathan Grove

August 27, 2019

Professor Nathan Grove is recognized for his expertise in chemistry on campus and in the kitchen.

Grove, who specializes in chemistry education research, measures “cognitive load,” or a person’s ability to manipulate multiple pieces of information simultaneously. His team’s work, primarily funded by National Science Foundation grants, explores how cognitive load impacts students’ abilities to learn chemistry. Over the last few years, the team has included three graduate students, three research associates and about a dozen undergraduates, Grove said.

Also a celebrated amateur cook, Grove is known among friends for “formulating” his own pastas, sauces and desserts. “My jams and jellies have become so famous that I now need to make multiple batches because so many people want some!”

Starting his 10th year with UNCW’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the new Faculty Senate President deeply values the ingredients that that make this campus gel.

“The successes that UNCW has experienced in the last few decades have been a result of the hard work of its dedicated faculty and staff; there is a commitment to the institution and students unlike any I have ever seen,” he said. “This difference can be felt in the classroom through a deep integration of research and creative scholarship, internships, and community-based partnerships.”

According to Grove, he will focus on the “three Cs: communication, communication, communication” as the university begins a pivotal year that will include making “decisions about several important leadership roles – most especially selecting a new provost, and a new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.”

Grove also anticipates addressing the changes that are emerging from the transition prompted by UNCW’s elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity.” The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education placed UNCW at this new level in December 2018.

“As we navigate these challenges and opportunities, we have to make sure that we do not lose sight of what got us here in the first place: a commitment to the student and the student experience,” he said. “All of this is predicated on open lines of communication and trust. If I can work on helping to strengthen those lines, I will consider this year a success.” 

-- Andrea Monroe Weaver