Jim Yoder

Jim Yoder
Chemistry Professor
Phone 620-327-8139
Office Charles Hall

Affiliated Departments or Programs


  • Taylor University (Upland, Ind.), 1960-61
  • A.A., Hesston College, 1962
  • B.A. with honors, chemistry, Goshen (Ind.) College, 1964
  • Ph.D., organic chemistry with minors in physical chemistry and philosophy of science, Indiana University (Bloomington), 1969
Research interests: organic synthesis, pedagogy Publications
  • Zinc Reduction of Gamma-Diketones in Journal of Organic Chemistry (1970)(with E. Wenkert)
  • An Investigation into Two-Dimensional NMR - a First Year Organic Chemistry Experiment in NMR Exercises for theUndergraduate Laboratory/Classroom; FT-NMR Workshop Papers; National Science Foundation; 1995
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Certain Rhenium Coordination Compounds [poster presented to the Feb 2010 national meeting of the American Chemical Society]

Personal Statement

As science is, by definition, the study of creation, it does "declare the glory of God." To teach the sciences is a sacred trust and an awesome privilege.

Professional Affiliations

Courses Taught

  • Chem 121 General Chemistry I - 4/5 cr hrs
  • Chem 122 General Chemistry II - 4/5 cr hrs
  • Chem 203 Organic Chemistry I - 4 cr hrs
  • Chem 204 Organic Chemistry II - 4 cr hrs
  • PhSc 201 General Astronomy - 4 cr hrs

In Addition …

Work Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Indiana University, 1964 - 68
  • Faculty, Hesston College, 1968-
  • Summer Instructor, Goshen (Ind.) College, three times in the 1970s
  • Adjunct Instructor, Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.), 1969-78, 1981-85, (combined Hesston/Bethel two-semester Organic Chemistry course)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.), 1984, 1990
  • Lecturer, University of Swaziland, 1979-81 (under Mennonite Central Committee)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Wichita (Kan.) State University, 1988-89; 1998-99, summers 1999-2012
  • Fulbright Lecturer, University of Swaziland, 2007-08
  • Faculty Research Fellow, RESC, Wichita State University, 2009

What draws you to the field of chemistry?

Chemistry is the central science—that is, studies in most (all) other sciences, natural and social, and even in the humanities, are enabled, enhanced and/or augmented by an understannding of chemistry.

What about teaching energizes you?

Every class becomes a community. And every year we get the opportunity to help make those classes ever more effective learning communities.

Who are your role models or mentors?

My father, scholar and teacher before me, and my mother, who insisted on effective public presentations, were, by far, my most ardent supporters and my most important mentors.

Personal Interests and Information

Three adult children and eight grandchildren Dramatic roles: (a selection of roles played in Hesston College productions)
  • Malvolio, Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare), 1990
  • Bottom, the Weaver, A Midsummer's Night Dream (William Shakespeare), 1995
  • Monsieur Jordain (title role), The Bourgeois Gentleman (Moliere), 1996
  • Scrooge, A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens), 1999
  • Grandpa, You Can't Take it With You (Kaufman & Hart), 2004
  • Peter Quince and Egeus, A Midsummer's Night Dream (William Shakespeare), 2012

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