W. Tandy Grubbs

Professor of Chemistry

Tandy Grubbs joined the Stetson University faculty in 1995, where he currently serves as professor of chemistry. His passions include teaching and mentoring students, working as a productive member of a team of faculty/staff who are dedicated to that purpose, and guiding STEM undergraduate students as they undertake capstone research projects.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD
  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Duke University
  • BS, Chemistry, High Point University


Tandy Grubbs


Tandy Grubbs, born and raised a North Carolinian, has been at Stetson University since 1995 and currently serves as professor of chemistry. He is interested in lasers, 3D printing/rapid prototyping and brewing beer (but not all at the same time). In addition to several chemical research interests, he is also the principal investigator on a pedagogical project at Stetson entitled "Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates among Science, Technology and Mathematics Students through Cohort-Based Interdisciplinary Learning," funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF S-STEM Program; $999,823, 2021-2026). 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Physical chemistry
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Chemical education
  • 3D printing/rapid prototyping
  • Alternative/sustainable energy
  • STEM education games.

Course Sampling

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Sustainable Energy Choices (First Year Seminar)
  • Brewing Science and Technology

  • 3D Printing technology and rapid prototyping
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Alternative energy
  • Computer gaming in support of STEM education
  • Innovative uses of technology in support of STEM education
  • The use of laser interferometry and other forms of optical spectroscopy to characterize materials

  • Susan M. Ryan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Library self-disruption: The key to surviving and thriving. A library dean and professor dialogue on learning technologies and mutual dependence," College & Research Libraries News 79(1), 10-14 (2018).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "Entropy Creep and Credit Hour Inflation," Journal of Higher Education Management 32(1), 85-100 (2017).
  • Susan M. Ryan and W. Tandy Grubbs. "Curricular collaborations: Using emerging technologies to foster innovative partnerships." In Doherty, Brian (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations. IGI Global, 2016.
  • W. Tandy Grubbs. "Reaping Benefits of Clean Power will Require Sacrifice." As part of editorial Green Energy: Near-term Answer? Orlando Sentinel, Nov., 2014.
  • Luciano E. H. Violante, Daniel A. Nunez, Susan M. Ryan, and W. Tandy Grubbs; "3D Printing in the Chemistry Curriculum: Inspiring Millennial Students to be Creative Innovators" in Addressing the Millennial Student: New Pedagogy and Approaches to Improve Student Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Chemistry, Potts, G., Dockery, C., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1180; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2014.
  • Susan M. Ryan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Collaboration in Support of 3D Printing as an Emerging Technology in Academic Libraries," Florida Libraries 57(2), Fall 2014, 11-16.
  • Jennifer N. Hennigan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "The Periodic Pyramid," Journal of Chemical Education, 90(8), 1003 (2013).
  • Travis Cossairt and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Chemical Mahjong," Journal of Chemical Education, 88(6), 841 (2011).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "Osmotic Pressure and Polymer Molecular Weight Determination," Journal of Chemical Education, 86, 764 (2009).
  • Sarah E. Caudill and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Interferometric Measurements of Refractive Index Dispersion in Polymers over the Visible and Near-Infrared Spectral Range," Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 100, 65 (2006).