Kennedy, Dr. Steven

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics
School of Arts and Sciences
PhD in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University 2016
BS in Chemistry, Minor in Physics, Ohio Northern University 2011


Dr. Steven Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Carolina University.  Previously, he taught General Chemistry lecture and lab for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Roanoke College and for one year as an Adjunct Professor at High Point University.  He is very passionate about general science education, and his teaching interests reflect a wide-ranging interest in physical science.  A lifelong learner, he pursues topics as diverse as efficient energy transfer to mitigate climate change and fundamental theories of quantum gravity.

Dr. Kennedy is also interested in science-related outreach to the community.  He participated in the CarbonEARTH program, during which he worked with a 5th-grade teacher to design and implement enriching science experiments for her class.  He is currently serving as the National Chemistry Week coordinator for the Central North Carolina section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Outside of work, Dr. Kennedy enjoys playing guitar and participating in the local soccer and kickball leagues.  He also enjoys watching and attending sporting events and travelling to exotic locales.


Kennedy, S. R.; Kozar, M. K.; Yennawar, H. P.; Lear, B. J. “Synthesis and Characterization of the Gold Dithiolene Monoanion, (Bu4N)[Au(pdt = 2,3-pyrazinedithiol)2]” Polyhedron, 2016, 103, 100-104.

Kennedy, S. R.; Goyal, P.; Kozar, M. K.; Yennawar, H. P.; Hammes-Schiffer, S.; Lear, B. J. “Effect of Protonation upon Electronic Coupling in the Mixed Valence and Mixed Protonated Complex, [Ni(2,3-pyrazinedithiol)2]” Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 1433-1445.

Kennedy, S. R.; Kozar, M. K.; Yennawar, H. P.; Lear, B. J. “Steady-State Spectroscopic Analysis of Proton-Dependent Electron Transfer on Pyrazine-Appended Metal Dithiolenes [Ni(pdt)2], [Pd(pdt)2], and [Pt(pdt)2] (pdt = 2,3-Pyrazinedithiol)” Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 8459-8467.

Kennedy, Steven