Cliff Hackbarth
  • Cliff Hackbarth
  • Program Coordinator of Biology, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics

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  • Phone: 828.898.8762
  • Department: Academics


PhD, University of Colorado
BS, Michigan Technological University

Common Courses Taught

General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
College Algebra
General Physics

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Currently all of my professional interests are in developing methods to best motivate and teach students in chemistry and physics classes.

In the past I have conducted research in biochemistry, structural biology, biophysics, condensed matter physics, atmospheric physics, and environmental chemistry. My graduate school thesis was on vaccine development against pseudomonas aeruginosa, a ubiquitous bacteria in the environment. 

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

Teaching mainly health science and wildlife students, I work and coordinate with almost every other faculty member in the department. I design and teach courses to support other majors (we do not have a chemistry major here). Thus, I often consult other professors to find out what is important in their particular field. For example, recently I taught Environmental Chemistry and I consulted Dr. Stewart Skeate and Dr. Sean Collins (both from the Wildlife Biology program) to determine what were the most important elements of chemistry their students needed to learn to understand their particular field. 

Personal Interests

My main interest is reading, I like to know things. I usually read about and actually do participate in my hobbies. They include in no particular order; Catholic Theology, Thomistic Philosophy, weightlifting, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing, target shooting, orienteering, backpacking, and developing wilderness skills in general.