Dr. Patrice Bell joined the GGC chemistry faculty in 2007 after completing a one year visiting professorship at her undergraduate alma mater, Agnes Scott College. In 2003, Bell earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University with a concentration in physical chemistry. She was then selected as the Camille and Henry Dreyfus postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in earth and atmospheric sciences.
Bell has taught college courses in several areas of chemistry—introductory (majors, allied health, non-majors), physical science, food, environmental, inorganic, materials and physical as well as conducted undergraduate research projects. Research topics include water electrolysis cell as an alternative fuel course, ultraviolet radiation exposure of a polymeric material using commercial sunscreens, laser spectroscopy (fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy). She has served on numerous committees (such as Institutional Review Board, Student Integrity Board, Title IX Panelist and the Chemistry Major Task Force) and held many distinctive leadership roles within her discipline.
Her extensive curriculum work on the Chemistry Major Task Force aided with the Board of Regents approval of the chemistry major at GGC in 2014. As a result of her varied accomplishments, she earned a promotion to associate professor of chemistry in August 2014. She is currently chemistry chair of studies over the term 2018-2021.