Professor of the Week: Dr. Eric Glendening

Dr. Eric Glendening, professor of chemistry and physics

Dr. Glendening is a professor of Chemistry here at ISU, and a favorite among Freshman science students for his kind and understanding nature. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Doctorate at the University of California-Berkley and at a national lab in Washington. He has worked at Indiana State for 27 years now, mainly teaching general chemistry. Dr. Glendening has expressed that he especially loves teaching college freshmen because they are uniquely excited about learning. His current research is in computational chemistry.

When asked about his favorite part of ISU, Dr. Glendening said that it was undoubtedly the students: “working with them keeps you young.” He is involved with students by way of Timmy Global Health, an organization that encourages medical service, and S.U.R.E., which is a summer research program.

Dr. Glendening enjoys biking and gardening when he is not at work, and he loves reading history biographies. His favorite novel is “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, although he also expressed his love for “Alexander Hamilton”by Ron Chernow. Dr. Glendening’s favorite restaurant in Terre Haute is Umi Grill, on 3rd street. His favorite trip that he has taken was a month-long trip with his wife on the Trans-Siberian railway, from Shang-Hi, China to St. Petersburg, Russia. Along the way, they also traveled to Mongolia and Siberia.

When asked if he had any advice for freshmen or students who are struggling, Dr. Glending stated, “just keep at it. Good things come from focus and hard work.”