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Dr. Kenneth Weed

Dean of the College of Science and Engineering


Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry through a joint program at U.C. San Diego and San Diego State University
M.A. in Analytical Chemistry, San Diego State University
B.S. in Biomedical Chemistry, Oral Roberts University

Contact Information

phone: 918.495.6004
e-mail: kweed@oru.edu


Academic Highlights

Kenneth Weed, whose field is physical analytical chemistry, enjoys cooking. He loves to experiment with different spices, and makes some pretty mean chocolate desserts. "A lot of chemists are chefs," Kenneth commented. "It's fun to try out different combinations and see what develops."

He also enjoys games and puzzles and regularly hosts large game parties that include everything from Cranium to Monopoly to role-playing games like Charades.

Both Kenneth and his wife Laura attended ORU. In fact, Laura was the R.A. on his sister wing. She was on the "Oh Well" wing; he on "Fortress." Today, they have three children.

Of all the things Dr. Weed loves about ORU, he especially appreciates the freedom to explore academic topics in a Christian environment. "We are worshiping God through the study of chemistry," he noted. I like what Oral Roberts said, "If science can prove that something is true, then that's they way God did it." Dr. Weed continued, "I like to learn new things and to see the dawning in students' faces as they grasp new concepts. It is so rewarding as an educator and a scientist."

Curriculum Vita



  • Professional peer reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education.  2004 – present.
  • Weed, K.M., Effectiveness of a Writing Intensive program to Increase Student Learning in an Introductory Chemistry Laboratory program, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education, 1, online journal (2005).
  • Worshipping God through the Study of Chemistry:  A Laboratory Manual for Principles of Chemistry, Oral Roberts University (2005).
  • Department of Chemistry ePortfolio Handbook, Oral Roberts University (2004).
  • Tong, W. G., and Weed, K. M., Trace analysis of rubidium hyperfine structure in a flame atomizer using sub-Doppler laser wave-mixing spectroscopy. Applied Spectroscopy, 57, 12,1455(2003).
  • Tong, W. G., Weed, K. M. and Maniaci, M., Sensitive Sub-Doppler Multiwave- Mixing Spectroscopy, SPIE Proceedings, 2385 (1995).
  • Tong, W. G., Andrews, J. A. and Weed, K. M., Doppler-Free Spectrum of the  Barium 1S0-1P1 Transition by Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing Using an Air/Acetylene  Flame,  Applied Spectroscopy, 45, 4, 697 (1991).