Erwin Boschmann

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, IUPUI

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Prepared and characterized ten new metal derivatives of ketosulfoxides and two dozen metal derivatives of sparteine. All have been reported in professional journals.
Co-authored extensive reference book on organic reagents for copper.


ERWIN BOSCHMANN was Interim Dean of Business at Indiana University Kokomo, and was interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. He has been the Executive Director of Plowshares and CEO of Indianapolis Peace House, Inc., a $14 million dollar Lilly Endowment-funded collaborative between Earlham College Goshen College and Manchester College. Before that he served as Provost (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) at the Indiana University East campus. And prior to that he was Indiana University’s Associate Vice President for Distributed Education from December, 1998 through June, 2002. In that capacity he “developed new pedagogical models and instructional delivery methods”, and was “instrumental in defining and implementing a distributed education strategy,” with oversight responsibility for developing and enhancing instructional capabilities across all eight campuses. Indiana University’s School of Continuing Studies reported to him. He did a short stint as Special Assistant to the Administration on the Indianapolis campus.

From 1988 to 1999 he served as Associate Dean of the Faculties charged with responsibilities for faculty development for the 1500 full time and 800 part time faculty at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. Duties included the administration of an internal grants program, organizing workshops, facilitation of one-on-one faculty consultations, coordination of all awards, implementation of technology into the curriculum, assistance with promotion, tenure, and sabbatical decisions, and supervising a publications program. The offices of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office for Women, Senior Academy, Minority Faculty, Part Time faculty, were all managed through his Office of Faculty and Senior Staff Development. He has spoken, taught, and consulted widely in this country and overseas.

He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. He has taught chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has done extensive consulting with the Ford Foundation and the Asian Development Bank in Lima, Peru, and Medan, Indonesia, respectively. He spent nearly two years in Lima, where he taught classes, developed the curriculum, worked with the faculty, and during the last six month, led the team of consultants. He spent two summers in Medan, Indonesia as a consultant along with other faculty drawn from the Big Ten universities. Work included faculty training, ordering books for the library and laboratory equipment, and advising faculty on further education.

He is the author of several dozen articles and numerous books on research and teaching. He chaired the American Chemical Society's national examination committee for General, Organic, Biological Chemistry, and has been a leader for the College Board’s Educational Testing Service Advance Placement examinations serving as reader, table leader, and now as Midwest consultant. In 1983 he received Indiana University's statewide H. F. Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1986 he was awarded a Lilly Faculty Open Fellowship. During 1997 he served as chair of the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society. In 1991 his Chemistry 101 was made available on the local PBS and cable systems, and in 1997 his course became the prototype for the development of what today is known as Oncourse, Indiana University’s course management system. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bethel College.

His wife and he have three grown and married children who are active as a physical therapist in Indianapolis, a teacher in St. Paul, MN, and a faculty member at the University of Denver. He enjoys woodworking, traveling, a good glass of wine, lots of reading (Example: 11 volumes of Will Durant’s The History of Civilization), being a broker of possibilities, and spending time at the cottage on the lake.


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    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, IUPUI


Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bethel College, 1998