Dan HammondDepartment Chair & Professor of Chemistry
Dissertation: Kinetic Studies of the Ulra-Violet Induced Crosslinking of RNA Polymerase to DNA
B.A., Biology Major & Chemistry Minor, Bethel College
Biology Major, Oakland University
Advice to Incoming Students
Learn good study habits and time management skills. College courses can be much more challenging and demanding than high school courses.
Why I Came to Taylor
I was not originally looking for an academic job, but I did answer one ad for a college teaching position and that was at Taylor University. After an intense two-day interview and then being offered a contract, my wife and I decided to try it for awhile. Apparently, we like it here since we’ve been here for over thirty years!
We have great students with whom we develop lifelong relationships. We interact with our students both in and out of the classroom. It is a great feeling to have had a part in developing these young people as scientists, physicians, veterinarians, dentists, etc.
Play in the racquetball league and softball.
Play harmonica, guitar, and banjo in praise bands, duets with my wife (an accomplished classical musician), community activities, and musicals.
Enjoy studying history and culture.
Major Career Accomplishments
Working with, developing, and encouraging students in and out of the classroom is my major goal and my major accomplishment. My CV includes a long list of papers and presentations but they mean nothing compared to the role played in preparing our graduates to impact the world in many positive ways.