Robin Kucharczyk, Ph.D., is joining the AAP as assistant professor of chemistry and faculty coordinator of the Wilmington campus.
Kucharczyk grew up in Millville, N.J. She earned her B.A. in chemistry at Rutgers University and her doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry from Yale. (She notes that her appointment at the AAP is a return to UD for her, as she once conducted postdoctoral research at the Lammot duPont Lab in Newark.) She has over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience; most recently, she served as coordinator of general education in the natural sciences at Monmouth University in N.J., and has also held appointments at Swarthmore and Temple.
Kucharczyk has a keen interest in innovative pedagogies in science education. As an educator, she says, she is also passionate about advisement and mentorship in higher education.
"In my experience, when students and advisors forge strong bonds, both can benefit tremendously,” she says. “I have learned greatly from working with my past advisees — about chronic illness, issues of gender identification, and so much more. Advising at its best can lead to a mentoring relationship that can endure well after a student graduates.”
Kucharczyk credits the positive influence of many influential mentors in the course of her personal and professional life, and still keeps in touch with mentors from her high school and undergraduate days.
In addition to her pedagogical pursuits, Kucharczyk is also an accomplished dancer. She has experience with nearly a dozen different dance forms, and is currently focused on waltz and zydeco. Her eclectic interests don’t stop there, however; she is also an avid birdwatcher, and volunteered with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark for nearly a decade.
In addition to her role as faculty coordinator of the Wilmington campus this fall, Kucharczyk will be teaching Snack Science, an overview of topics from introductory biology, chemistry, and physics focusing on their applications to food and cooking.