Science in London

Freshman Advising

Education, Honors, Awards

  • JMU Distinguished Teacher in General Education, 2015-2016
  • National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Faculty Advisor, 2014
  • JMU Provost Award for Excellence in Freshman Advising, 2013
  • Lecturer James Madison University (1992-present)
  • Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University (1992)
  • B.A. Hope College (1981)

Professional Interests

  • Advising nearly all freshman chemistry majors, guiding their first year experience and academic choices.
  • Developing, directing, and teaching Science in London, a short-term study abroad program.  This program operates in even-year summers.
  • Innovations in the chemistry classroom environment.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Nicholas C. Corsepius, Thomas C. DeVore, Barbara A. Reisner, and Deborah L. Warnaar, "Using Variable Temperature Powder X-ray Diffraction To Determine the Thermal Expansion Coefficient of Solid MgO,"  J. Chem. Educ. (2007), 84, 818.
  • Deborah L Warnaar, “Science in London:  A laboratory for interdisciplinary learning”, ACTC Trends in the Liberal Arts Core:  Cooperative Integration Between the Humanities and the Sciences, Walnut Creek CA, September 21-23, 2006.
  • Deborah L. Warnaar, “Models for Study Abroad:  General Education Abroad”, 2005 AGLS / AIS Joint National Conference, Fairfax, VA, October 6-9, 2005.
  • Warnaar, D. L.; DeVore, T. C.; Reisner, B. A., Thermal decomposition of metal oxalates: Project laboratories that incorporate thermal analysis throughout the curriculum, Abstracts of Papers, 230th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, United States, Aug.28-Sept.1, 2005, CHED-088.

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