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Dr. John Berch ’98

Name: Dr. John Berch 
Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone Number: (334) 833-4587
Office and/or Address: Bellingrath Hall, Room 105 A
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Organic Synthesis in Near-Critical/Super-Critical Water,
    Advisor- Dr. Thomas A. Bryson
  • M.S., University of South Carolina, Organic Synthesis and Molecular Imprinted Polymers
    Advisor- Dr. Ken D. Shimizu
  • B.S., Huntingdon College, Major: Chemistry Minor: Sociology

Dr. John Berch, Huntingdon College Class of 1998, returned to his alma mater as an associate professor of chemistry in fall 2014. After graduating from Huntingdon, he attended the University of South Carolina, where he completed his graduate and doctoral degrees in chemistry and served as a research associate and teaching assistant.  He served as a member of the chemistry faculty at Tennessee Wesleyan University from 2004 to 2014. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, serving on the executive committee for the East Tennessee Local Section as a member-at-large.


  • Bryson TA, Stewart JJ, Gibson JM, Thomas PS, Berch JK, GREEN CHEMISTRY, 2003, 5, (2), 174-176.
  • Umpleby RJ, Rushton GT, Shah RN, Rampey AM, Bradshaw JC, Berch JK, Shimizu KD, MACROMOLECULES, 2001, 34, (24), 8446-8452.
  • Umpleby RJ, Baxter SC, Bode M, Berch JK, Shah RN, Shimizu KD, ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, 2001, 435, (1), 35-42.

Honors and Awards

  • Alton L. Smith Award for Academic Advising, Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Leadership Development Workshop, American Chemical Society
  • Deane G. Hall Award, Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Faculty Service Award, Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • New Faculty Member of the Year Incentive Award, Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Joseph A. Bourknight Teaching Award, University of South Carolina
Departments: Academics, Chemistry