Name: Fumie Sunahori, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Education: B.S., 2004, Georgia Southwestern State University; Ph.D., 2008, University of Kentucky
Years at Franklin College: 3
Campus and Community Involvement: Chemistry Club supervisor
How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field of chemistry?
“Due to small class sizes, students receive plenty of attention. This provides the opportunity to do hands-on chemistry work, projects and research. Also, the internship opportunities at Franklin are an advantage compared to big universities, where graduates often have a harder time finding a job.”
Is there anything you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin?
“I taught briefly at the University of Kentucky with more than 200 students in my section and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and I find myself enjoying teaching the best at Franklin. Students are polite and hard-working, and I really enjoy the interactions I have with them.”
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
“I would say to know that the expectation level will be very different from that of high school. They should know that they have to work really hard to receive good grades in college. Developing a rigorous, daily study habit will be a big advantage to succeeding in college.”
If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?
“I have taken students to Japan as a Winter Term travel course, and I would be happy to teach a class about Japan!”
What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?
“Students would be surprised to learn that I do kickboxing. Also, I am older than they think I am.”
Describe your favorite characteristics of the Franklin College community.
“I love the fact that all the faculty and staff members really want our students to be successful. I also appreciate how helpful my colleagues are whenever I need advice or help. I also really enjoy how respectful Franklin students are.”
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