Derek Behmke

Dr. Derek Behmke

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Derek Behmke received his Ph.D. in chemistry education from the University of Georgia in 2011. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Behmke spent two years teaching high school chemistry and AP chemistry both in Wisconsin and Georgia. Behmke spent four years teaching chemistry at Bradley University before joining the chemistry faculty at GGC in fall of 2014.

Behmke's research work focuses on the areas of chemical education and the science of teaching and learning (SoTL).

In addition to teaching, Behmke enjoys spending time outdoors, curling and playing board games. Behmke is also an avid sports fan who can often be found at GGC athletic events.


  • Doctorate – chemistry education – University of Georgia
  • Bachelor’s – chemistry education – University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Academic Interests

  • Developing and incorporating technology solutions that enhance student learning in chemistry
  • Implementing and assessing the impact of innovative teaching strategies in the chemistry classroom