Dr. Chantelle Anfuso joined the GGC faculty in 2012. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia, where she was introduced to physical chemistry while doing undergraduate research on the bonding and stability of metal oxide nanoparticles in the gas phase. She continued her studies in physical chemistry as a graduate student at Emory University. Her doctoral research focused on the study of the structure and behavior of model electro- and photocatalytic systems using laser spectroscopy methods.
While at GGC, she has taught Principles of Chemistry I and II, Physical Chemistry I and II, and Physical Science for non-majors. Her teaching style incorporates active learning as often as possible to encourage students to engage fully with the material. To further encourage students to participate in active group learning, she was one of the lead developers of the peer supplemental instruction (PSI) program for introductory STEM courses at GGC. Initially supported through grant funding (Complete College Georgia, USG STEM IV and NSF-IUSE), this program is now supported and run by GGC's Academic Enhancement Center.
Anfuso also engages in undergraduate research in collaboration with Dr. Patrice Bell. Their research focuses on utilizing different spectroscopic methods to study a variety of systems. Past student projects have involved fluorescence spectroscopy of dyes in different solvents, fluorescence spectroscopy of chlorophyll extracted from spinach leaves, and more recently, using various types of spectroscopy to analyze water quality of local natural water sources.
Another major focus of Anfuso's teaching and research is how to achieve equity and inclusion for both students and faculty. Anfuso utilizes current diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) best practices in her classes to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed in the class. She is also the primary investigator (PI) on a currently funded NSF ADVANCE Catalyst grant, "Reflecting, Assessing, and Improving Intersectional Equitable Practices with STEM Faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College." This grant aims to perform a data analysis to examine equitable practices for STEM faculty at GGC, as well as develop a five-year plan of best practices to promote an even more inclusive culture within the School of Science and Technology.