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Chemistry Teaching Faculty Members Receive Promotions
16 June 2020

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that three chemistry faculty members have recently received promotions. Faculty member Aaron Garner has been promoted to associate teaching professor, faculty member Katherine Masters has been promoted to teaching professor, and faculty member Bratoljub Milosavljevic has been promoted to teaching professor.

“We are fortunate to have Aaron, Kate, and Bratoljub as our colleagues,” notes Department of Chemistry Head Phil Bevilacqua, “and the department thanks them all for their model of excellence.”

Associate Teaching Professor Aaron Garner teaches introductory chemistry courses, including Chem 110B, Chem 110, and Chem 130. In addition to teaching Chem 110B, Garner was also responsible for developing the course, which is designed to make chemistry more accessible to students in the life sciences. This year, Garner also received the Priestley Teaching Prize in recognition of his excellent work as an instructor of the course. Before coming to Penn State, Garner taught chemistry at Harvard University, where he earned his PhD.


Teaching Professor Katherine Masters is a director of organic lab courses for undergraduates at Penn State. Her work focuses on curriculum development for organic lecture and lab courses, including  developing a medical chemistry lab and introducing interactive worksheets into her organic lecture courses. In addition to this, she has developed both a Freshman Research Initiative and a chemistry section of Penn State’s LEAP program for incoming students. In addition, Masters serves as the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Student Engagement. Masters earned her PhD here at Penn State. 

Kate Masters

Teaching Professor Bratoljub Milosavljevic serves as the instructional physical chemistry lab director here at Penn State. He teaches advanced physical chemistry courses for undergraduate students, and has been recognized for his research in education and his innovations in teaching physical chemistry.  He earned his PhD at the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia and at the University of Notre Dame.

Image of Dr. Bratoljub Milosavljevic

Please join the Department of Chemistry in congratulating Garner, Masters, and Milosavljevic on their promotions.