James Mack

Dept Head-Assoc Professor

Founders Hall at FVSU

College of Arts and Sciences

James Mack

James Mack

Dept Head-Assoc Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

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Professional Degrees:
Ph.D., Physical Inorganic Chemistry
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
June, 1978
B.S., Chemistry
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
June, 1967
Faculty Fellowship:

Department of Army Headquarters, The Pentagon
Assistant Chief of Staff of Installation Management (ACSIM)
Office of the Director of Environmental Programs (ODEP), Arlington, Virginia, May 27-August 10, 2001


Academic Positions
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Taught various courses in the department: CHEM 1101, CHEM 1211, CHEM 2221 &
2222, CHEM 3210, and PHSC 1101
1995 -2009
Associate Professor of Chemistry/Head Department of Chemistry
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia
Manage the operational and educational functions of the department that includes
four professors, a secretary and 60-75 chemistry majors within the College of Arts and Sciences. The operational functions include the development and supervision of the budget and expenditures; development of semester and annual scheduling for teachers and students; generate all assessments/ reports needed pertaining to the chemistry department; ensure an orderly and safe educational environment for the staff and students; procure necessary resources for staff and students to enhance educational success. The educational functions of the department include the supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff members; supervision of undergraduate research
projects; also teach chemistry courses in general chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry as well as serving as a mentor for students.
Faculty Fellow
Department of the Army Headquarters, The Pentagon

Assistant Chief of Staff of Installation Management (ACSIM)
Office of the Director of Environmental Programs (ODEP)
Arlington, Virginia
Assignments were to determine the annual production of pollutants generated by waste military munitions at various facilities; to determine which processes caused the pollutants; and how to treat the waste water to reduce amounts of pollutants in the effluent.
1971 -1977
Instructor/Research Assistant
Wayne State University
Taught freshman and sophomore Inorganic and Organic Chemistry laboratories. Developed and taught senior Inorganic Chemistry laboratories. Synthesized organic oligomeric ligands which were reacted to form transition metal complexes. Routinely used UV, IR, ESR, mass and magnetic spectroscopy to study physical properties of metal complexes.
1968 - 1969
Science Teacher
Detroit Public Schools
Other Professional Employment
1991 - 1994
Staff/Senior Engineer
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Researched and developed new processes and products to meet customer needs for wound closure products and medical devices through manufacturing and marketing management. Developed extrusion processes for manufacture of new high strength fibers that improved suture quality while maintaining costs. Developed pilot plant coating process for VICRYL sutures using non-CFC solvents that we introduced into manufacturing process to meet government environmental requirements while maintaining product quality. Synthesized and processed polyurethane (BIOMER) polymer sold to outside firms for use in improved body-compatible implants.
1996 - 1991
Senior Scientist
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Responsible for development of new product (INTERCEED) for prevention of internal adhesions in post surgical OB - GYN patients.Demonstrated product feasibility on laboratory scale and led project to develop and implement all manufacturing and packaging processes/procedures for commercial production of a $15 million
new entry. Worked closely with international affiliates in providing technical support for registration of INTERCEED Barrier in Europe and Asia.
1982 - 1987
Senior Scientist
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Research and Development team project leader for development of medical dressings, therapeutic creams and gels. Responsible for development of new products from concept to manufacturing scale-up. Also provided technical support for $10 million base business segment for therapeutic creams and dressings. Developed antimicrobial dressings with projected annualized sales of $ 3 + million. Developed new extruded vinyl polymeric film process to meet environmental requirements while maintaining quality on product with $10 million in annual sales.
1980 - 1982
Project Chemist
Research group leader for synthesis of alkyl silicone resins with responsibility for product and process development research for organofunctional silanes. Routinely utilized GPC, GLC, NMR, TGA, and IR to characterize polymers resins. Developed new PVC plastisol adhesive. Patent application filed. Developed new silicone organic phosphate compound to stabilize boiler water that increased boiler life by 100%.
Developed unique high heat resistant solvent less polymeric resin used in electrical coatings.
1977 - 1980
Research Chemist
Responsible for projects which developed new organic pigments for automotive uses.
Developed several methods for recrystallizing organic pigments in water. Developed an innovative method for stabilizing aluminum pigment flakes in acrylic and alkyl
water-borne systems. Developed plasticized thermoset and thermoplastic vehicles for automotive topcoats.
Summary of Experiences in Teaching/Administrative Duties
My teaching load consists of 2/3 teaching and 1/3 administrative. The courses taught are Physical Science 1101, Introductory Chemistry 1101K, Principles of Chemistry 1211K & 1212K, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3210, Biochemistry 3250K, Physical Chemistry 4331K & 4332 and Senior Research 4450. The number of courses of instruction consists of at least 8 hours plus two 3 hours of laboratory which is equivalent to 11 semester hours.

  • The physical science classes (PHSC 1101) consist of 40-50 students per class.

  • The Introductory Chemistry I (CHEM 1101) class consists of 15-20 students.

  • The Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1211K) classes consist of 60-70 students.

  • The Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 1212K) consists of 30-40 students.

  • The Biochemistry (CHEM 3250) consists of 20-25 students who are chemistry, biology or plant science majors

  • The Advanced Inorganic (CHEM 3310) consists of 10-15 students who are all chemistry majors.

  • The Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 4331) consists of 5-10 students who are all chemistry majors.

  • The Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 4332) consists of 5-10 students who are all chemistry majors.

  • Senior Project, (CHEM 4450), consists of 1-2 students per fall or spring semester who are seniors majoring in chemistry.


Professional Development

  • Member of the American Chemical Society for (29) twenty-nine years

  • Member of Phi Lambda Upsilon. The National Chemical Honor Society

  • Member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black

  • Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE)

Scholarly Activities

  • As Head/Coordinator, developed the Department of Chemistry Annual Reports from 1996 -2001

  • As Head/Coordinator, produced all SACS reports and revisions for the Chemistry

  • As Head/Coordinator,  generated the Assessment Reports for the Department of

  • Served as Assessment Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry.

  • Initiated Advanced Inorganic and Advanced Organic Chemistry courses in the Chemistry

  • Department to enhance and expand the depth and understanding of chemistry for chemistry major.

  • FVSU Faculty Senate President, 2014-2015


Lintvedt, R. L. and Mack, J. L.” Magnetic Susceptibility of Transitional Metal”, 6 th Central Regional ACS meeting, Detroit, Michigan. April, 1974.
Glick, M.. D., Lintvedt, R. L., Anderson, T. J., and Mack, J. L.. Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 15:2258 (1976).
Mack, J. L., Ph.D. Dissertation. “Synthesis, Magnetic, and Spectral Studies of Some Mono and Binuclear Transition Metal Complexes of Substituted 1,3,5-Triketones and their Schiff-Base Derivatives”, 1976.
Heeg, Mary, Mack, J. L., Glick, M.D., Lintvedt, R. L., Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 20:833 (1981).
Mack, J. L.,”Magnetic Exchange Between V(IV) - V(IV) in Some Binuclear VO (II) Chelates of 1,3,5 - Triketonates”. NOBCCHE 8 th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 1981.