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An Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae & Background Information for M.A.Freitag

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Education

2002:  Ph.D. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Physical Chemistry with Honors (ISU Research Excellence Award)
1996:  B.A. University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, Minnesota
Chemistry major, Physics minor, and Secondary Education licensure with Distinction
1992:  Dip. Princeton High School, Princeton, Minnesota

Employment History

2008-present: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
2010-2011: Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
2008-2010: Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
2002-2008: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
2000, 2001: Visiting Research Assistant, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2000: Instructor, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1997-2002: Research & Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1996-1997: Physical Sciences Teacher, Mountain Iron-Buhl High School, Mt. Iron, Minnesota
1996: Student Teacher, Scots College, Wellington, New Zealand
1994-1996: Head Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, Minnesota
1994, 1995: City Maintenance Worker, City of Princeton, Princeton, Minnesota
1993-1994: Gen. & Analytical Chemistry TA, University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, Minnesota
1989-1993: Delivery Boy, Freitag Furniture, Princeton, Minnesota

Nominations & Awards at Creighton

  • Nominated, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: U.S. Professor of the Year Award
  • Awarded, College of Arts & Sciences Award for Professional Excellence in Tenure-Track Teaching
  • Nominated, Creighton University Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement
  • Nominated, Omicron Delta Kappa's Teaching for Tomorrow Award

Selected Professional & Community Service

2004-present: Member, Knights of Columbus, St. James Council 10895
2003-present: Lector, St. James Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska
2002-present: Member, Nebraska Academy of Sciences
2004-2011: Webmaster, Omaha Chapter of the American Chemical Society
2007-2009: Member, Creighton University Faculty & Academic Councils
2004: Chair, Omaha Chapter of the American Chemical Society
1994-2009: Member, American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry and Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry

More Background Information

    My hometown is Princeton, Minnesota, which is a little over an hour north of Minneapolis. I graduated from Princeton High School and went on to complete my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where I had the privilege of learning physical chemistry from Professor James Togeas, whose insightful scholarship and unfailing kindness was an inspiration. I represented UMM at the 1994 NAIA National Track and Field Meet, and left Morris with a chemistry major and a physics minor in June of 1996. It almost seems like a past life now, but I was the Minnesota State Long Jump Champion way back in 1992.

    In the fall of 1997, I enrolled in the graduate program at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. On St. Patrick's Day in 2001, Mary Berscheit and I were married in Grey Eagle, Minnesota. In the spring of 2002, I graduated from Iowa State with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry. The title of my disseration was From First Principles: The Application of Quantum Mechanics to Complex Molecules and Solvated Systems.

    Mary and I moved to Omaha in the summer of 2002, where we now homeschool our five children: John, Joe, Catherine, Luke, and Rachel.

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