Curriculum Vitae of William F. Polik

Name: William F. Polik
Position: Edward and Elizabeth Hofma Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Hope College
Holland, MI
Contact: phone: (616) 395-7639
Education: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1988
University of California, Berkeley, CA

B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics, 1982
Valedictorian, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Institut für makromolekulare Chemie, 1981
Universität Freiburg, West Germany

Experience: Edward and Elizabeth Hofma Professor of Chemistry, Hope College, 2001-pres
Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, Hope College, 2016-2019
Chemistry Department Chair, Hope College, 2012-2015
Professor, Hope College, 2000-2001
Associate Professor, Hope College, 1994-2000
Assistant Professor, Hope College, 1988-1994
Visiting Academic, University of Queensland, 2008-2009
Fellow, San Diego Supercomputer Center, 2001-2002
Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994-1995
Founding Partner, DiscusWare LLC, 1997-2009; WebMO LLC, 2000-pres
Consultant, Coherent Lasers, 1986-1988; Laser Photonics, 1991-1993; Systems Integration, 1992-1994
Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 1982-1985
Research Associate, Institut fur makromolekulare Chemie, Universitat Freiburg, 1981
Teaching Assistant, Dartmouth College, 1979-1982
Honors and
Schaap Research Fellow, Hope College, 2013, 2018
Academic Computing and Technology Award for Innovation, Hope College, 2013
American Chemical Society Fellow, 2010
James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, 2009
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2006
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Fellow, 2004
Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Indiana University, 2003
Sigma Xi Award for Scientific Outreach, Hope College, 1999
Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence, Hope College, 1998
Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1991
Chevron Chemistry Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1986-1987
Bruce H. Mahan Memorial Teaching Award, U.C. Berkeley, 1983
Pre-Doctoral Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1982-1985
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Prize, Dartmouth College, 1982
Elden Bennett Hartshorn Chemistry Medal, Dartmouth College, 1982
Haseltine Chemistry-Physics Prize, Dartmouth College, 1982
Mina H. Warren Scholarship Prize, Dartmouth College, 1982
Francis L. Town Scientific Prize, Dartmouth College, 1980
Phi Beta Kappa Prize, Dartmouth College, 1980
Leon Burr Richardson Chemistry Prize, Dartmouth College, 1979
Service and
Deans Council, Hope College, 2016-2019
Institutional Review Board, Hope College, Chair, 2016-1019
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Hope College, Institutional Officer, 2016-2019
Administrative Affairs Board, Hope College, Member, 2016-17; Chair 2017-18
Council on Undergraduate Research, Chemistry Division Councilor, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce Member, 2013-2017, Program Review Liaison, 2017-2022
Academic Affairs Board, Hope College, Member, 2011-13; Chair 2013-14
Department Coordinator, Summer Research, 2003-2005; Teaching Assignments, 2005-2007; Curriculum Revision, 2009-2012
Committee for Professional Training, American Chemical Society, 2000-2004; Vice-Chair, 2005; Chair, 2006-2008; Consultant, 2009-2010
Division of Physical Chemistry Executive Committee, American Chemical Society, 2006-2008
Beckman Scholar Executive Committee, Beckman Foundation, 2000-2002; Chair 2002-2003
Physical Chemistry Committee, ACS DivCHED Examinations Institute, 1996-2001
External Reviewer: Wheaton College, Franklin & Marshall College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lewis and Clark College, US Naval Academy, Colby College, Calvin College, University of Detroit - Mercy, Gonzaga University
Professional and
Council for Undergraduate Research (Councilor), 1988
American Chemical Society (Fellow), 1985
American Physical Society, 1984
Phi Beta Kappa, 1980
American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), 1979
Grants, and
78 Publications (30 with 41 undergraduate co-authors), 1983-2022
56 Grants and Awards for $2,526,000, 1988-2022
124 Invited Seminars, 1988-2022
65 Symposia and Workshops organized, 2001-2022
Students and
85 Undergraduate Research Students
2 Post-Doctoral Scholars
Research and
Highly excited molecular states, molecular potential energy surfaces, gas phase chemical reaction theories, energy flow and transfer, chaotic systems, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, molecular beams, high-accuracy quantum chemistry, numerical algorithms, physical chemistry demonstrations, WWW software for education, curriculum revision and education reform, faculty development, academic leadership

William F. Polik 
Department of Chemistry 
Hope College 
Holland, MI 49422-9000 
phone: (616) 395-7639 
fax: (616) 395-7118