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Faculty: Dr. Kenneth Piers

ken piersKenneth Piers, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Office: DeVries Hall 337
Phone: (616) 526-6491
Fax: (616) 526-6501


  • B.S.C., (Hon), University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1963
  • Ph.D., University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1966
    Thesis: Synthetic Studies on Lycopodium Alkaloids
    Advisor: Professor William Ayer

Professional History

  • Calvin College, Emeritus
  • Calvin Alumni Association Faith & Learning Award, 2015
  • Calvin College, Professor of Chemistry, 1968-present
  • National Research Council of Canada Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1967, Postdoctoral Fellow
    Advisor: Prof. Albert Eschenmoser
  • University of Western Ontario Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1968
    Advisor: Prof. James King


  • Chem 103 & 103L: General Chemistry I & General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 104 & 104L: General Chemistry II & General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 261 & 261L: Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 262 & 262L: Organic Chemistry II & Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 325: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Interim: Energy: Resources, Use, and Stewardship

Recent Publications

Scholarly Interests

My interests currently focus around the issues of worldviews, energy resources, and sustainability. In particular I am interested in exploring questions related to how ones worldview comes to expression in attitudes and behaviors toward the natural environment. I am also intensively exploring issues related to energy use and modern civilization. I am especially interested in questions related to depletion of fossil fuel resources, principally crude oil and natural gas, and what implications this reality has for the sustainability of modern culture. I am also interested in exploring ways in which questions related to physical and ecological sustainability can be more systematically addressed in the college curriculum.


Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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