WVU Advance

Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering

Fred King

Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies


“I view ADVANCE as a catalyst, facilitator, of the change in culture and climate that we wish to achieve at WVU with respect to diversity. We know that STEM will be a central driver of the global economy in the 21st century, and we also know that we need to broaden the STEM workforce nationally to compete in that economy. To achieve this it is essential that we make sure that the diversity of that workforce reflects the ever-changing diversity of our society.”

In the Fall of 1990, Professor King started his academic career at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies within the Department of Chemistry prior to his appointment as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught a range of courses in the Department of Chemistry while maintaining an active, externally funded research program generating peer reviewed publications. To date 12 students have completed their Ph.D.’s and 5 students have completed their M.S.’s under Professor King’s guidance. Currently there are 4 Ph.D. students working with him. His former students have gone on to employment within academia, private industry, national laboratories, and the military.


  • B.S. Chemistry – James Madison University
  • Ph.D. Chemistry – University of Virginia
  • NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate – Naval Research Laboratory

Research Areas

  • Development of mass spectrometric and optical spectroscopic methods for fundamental investigations of plasma chemistry and the characterization of materials.

Courses Taught

  • Chem 115 – General Chemistry I
  • Chem 215 – Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 310 – Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 313 – Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • Chem 514 – Mass Spectrometry

Faculty Insight

What is your role in the ADVANCE Grant?

I am a Co-PI on the project and a member of the STEM Implementation team. Most of my responsibilities are to assist the project connect with faculty in the STEM units in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. I also am working to infuse the ideas and cultural changes developed within the ADVANCE program into the recruitment and retention of new faculty within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences as well as provide mentoring when called upon.

Dr. King serves as a liaison between the ADVANCE grant and the College, co-Chairs the STEM Implementation Team, and was instrumental in identifying science and engineering faculty to serve on the STEM Implementation Team.

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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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