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Erich Blossey came to Rollins College in 1965 to teach chemistry.  During his years with Rollins College, he has participated in numerous research projects as well as been an active professor of chemistry.

Blossey was born in Toledo Ohio.  As an undergraduate, Blossey attended Ohio State, where he received his B.S. in 1957.  In 1959, Blossey received his M.S. at Iowa State, and then in 1963, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now called Carnegie Mellon University).

During his time at Rollins College, Blossey has been awarded the following honors:  Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship Award, 1978; Bush Professor of Science, 1981, as the fourth member of the faculty to receive the award; and the D.J. and J.M. Cram Chair of Chemistry, which was established by Nobel Prize winner Donald Cram and his wife Carolyn as an endowment before Mr. Cram's death.  Blossey is also a member of the American Chemical Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Phi Lambda Upsilon.


...You were always interested in Chemistry as your major and career choice.  Why was that?



  • "...Everyday is really exciting to me, in terms of new things happening and stuff that weíre doing, and research.  Largely I think itís the research that motivates me.  And then from the research is to actually impart that to students.  We try to interpret for them what all this excitement I have, what it means to them in their own life..."


  • "So thatís how they learn, and they learned a tremendous amount in ten weeks that summer... It started in chemistry... With no money... All of them came back, and did summer research after that as they progressed through Rollins."



  • "...It was a very exciting time in terms of doing winter term courses that were different, where a student took only one course and could do things that were not possible in other ways... And in chemistry... everyday, doing research in the laboratory, which is very difficult to do in a normal academic year."





  • "To me, the highest form of education is research, and we need to understand that... If you really understand anything about learning, learning theory and so forth, thatís where the highest form of, actually education, is research... Simply because a student is going to see that they must learn something to do their problem..."




  • "Probably some of the greatest teaching experiences Iíd had, working as the tutor in the courses, because a student would come in, youíd grade their little test... Point out their errors... You had an opportunity to talk to them about the mistakes the student was making... So they would have an immediate response from what they had just put down on a quiz.  That to me was probably really exciting because there were times when you could see the student go 'Oh!' "


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Blossey Discusses the Origins of the Faculty-Student Summer Research Program


Blossey Discuses the Benefits of the Winter Term


You were always a strong supporter of faculty research...Tell us more about your work in that area?


Blossey Discusses the Personalized Study Institution Teaching Method