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Kevin W. Glaeske

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Professor of Chemistry



  • Education

    B.S. Beloit College – Chemistry & Classical Literature
    Ph.D. University of Utah – Organic Chemistry


    For the last two decades I have been privileged to teach chemistry here at WLC. Even though my background includes study of both the humanities and the sciences I have largely taught only chemistry here at WLC. With the advent of the Honors program, I have been given an opportunity to “walk the walk” concerning the liberal arts and its role in developing young minds. I relish the chance to model the interconnectedness of the liberal arts to undergraduate students and how valuable the western canon is to modern 21st century society. When I am not playing baseball with my sons, I like to consider the intricacies of the Corsi number or take twenty young men and pay a visit to Nestor, the redheaded king of Sparta.


    • CHE 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry
    • CHE 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHE 222 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHE 228 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHE 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHE 428 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
    • ESS  182 Environmental Science
    • HON 101 The Ancient World

    Research Interests

    My formal scholarly training is in the area of synthetic organic chemistry; particularly trying to synthesize derivatives of α-amino acids. This has manifested itself in me trying to synthesize these molecules by reacting copper catalysts with α-diazocarbonyls. The resulting morphonlones can be converted into α-amino acids by trivial means. Even though more students have worked on this project, I have mentored students on projects as diverse as ecology or assaying the biological activity of sulfa drugs.

    Scholarly Works

    Review Article: Kevin W. Glaeske, and William A. Donaldson; “Recent Applications of the Simple Hydrocarbon Cyclooctatetrene as a Starting Material for Complex Molecule Synthesis,” Mini-reviews in Organic Chemistry, 2012, 9, pp.31-43.

    Poster presentation: Sulfonamides:  A Very Interdisciplinary class of Molecules!  Kimberly A. Haley, Kevin W. Glaeske, Jarrod L. Erbe, Jordan E. Liesener, and Andrew A. Mundt, CHED 82, presented at 238th ACS National Meeting Washington, D.C. August 16-19, 2009.

    Journal Article: The Design of God in a Rose, Glaeske, K.W., The Lutheran Educator, 2004, 44, 110-112,

    Journal Article: Stereoselective formation and rearrangement of morpholinium ylides derived from copper carbenoids, Glaeske, K.W.; Naidu, B.N.; West, F.G., Tetrahedron:  Asymmetry 2003, 14, 917-920.

    Journal Article: Making sense of Terpenes:  A look into Biological Chemistry, Glaeske, K.W.; Boehlke, P. E., The American Biology Teacher, 2002, 64, 208-211.

    Poster Presentation: Making Sense of Terpenes:  A Biological Chemistry lab project for Liberal Arts Chemistry, Glaeske, K.W.; Boehlke, P.R., SCI-MIX, 222nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Chicago, IL.  August 27, 2001 (Abstract #CHED 84).

    Journal Article: Chirality Transfer from Carbon to Nitrogen to Carbon via Cyclic Ammonium Ylides, Glaeske, K.W.; West, F.G., Org. Letters1999, 1, 31-33.

    Journal Article: Substituted Aminoketones and a-Amino Esters Via Ammonium Ylide [1,2]-Shifts, West, F.G.; Glaeske, K.W.; Naidu, B.N., Synthesis, 1993, 977.

    Poster Presentation:  Direct Synthesis of Amino Acid Derivatives fromTertiary Amines and Diazocarbonyl Compounds, 203rd  American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  April 5-10, 1992 (Abstract #ORGN 462).


    • Co-Director of Honors Program (2015-present)
    • Chair of Chemistry Department (2010-present)
    • Councilor of American Chemical Society (ACS) (2009-present)
    • Chemist Circle (2001-present)
    • Faculty Athletic Representative (1996-present)