Centre College Faculty
José Workman• Professor of Chemistry
• Chair of Chemistry Program
• Chief Health Professions Advisor
Office: Young Hall—117
Personal Web site: web.centre.edu/workmanj/
Joe Workman is professor of chemistry, having taught at Centre since 1993. He currently is pursuing research in igneous petrology and geochemistry. He has projects in two areas: single crystal laser fluorination analysis of volcanic rocks for oxygen isotopes from Iceland and Cascades volcanoes to investigate magma origin and the investigation of mass-independent isotope effects of oxygen and sulfur isotopes in volcanic sulfate as a tool to understand the destiny of volcanic plumes and their interaction with the upper atmosphere.
Workman is committed to involving students in research and has collaborated with students in research teams in many summers since coming to Centre. In the 2001-02 academic year, Workman was a visiting research professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he did work in organometallic chemistry. In 2007-08, Workman was a visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia doing research in green chemistry.
In January 2004 he led a group of 34 Centre students to New Zealand to study the physical science of volcanoes. He has subsequently led students in New Zealand studying volcanoes in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and will again in 2014.
Workman also serves as academic advisor to students interested in pre-medical studies, and he has assisted students with MCAT study sessions and field trips to major medical schools. Workman is an energetic teacher and played a leadership role in Centre's successful efforts to secure a high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which is accessible to students for study and research.
Workman holds a B.S. from Santa Clara University, and he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
To hear Workman discuss pre-med at Centre, click here.
To read about his joint research projects with Centre students, click here.
To read about his 2012 CentreTerm course, “The Physical Science of Volcanoes,” click here.
File last updated: 10/17/13