Dr. Dominick Casadonte serves as Interim Dean of the Graduate School. He is a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University (1977, with Honors), Dr. Casadonte earned an M.S. degree (Physical Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) from Purdue University in 1985. He then did postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois in the laboratories of Ken Suslick and Ted Brown. In 1988, Dr. Casadonte was awarded one of the first ten Scholar/Fellow Awards given by the Dreyfus Foundation to work with Noel Kane-Maguire at Furman University for the 1988-89 academic year. He began his academic career at Texas Tech University in the fall of 1989.
Dr. Casadonte has received every major teaching award offered at Texas Tech University. In the fall of 2000, Dr. Casadonte was a Fulbright Scholar in France working in environmental remediation using high-intensity ultrasound and in the development of power-modulated sonochemistry. That same year he was named the Alpha Phi Foundation International Professor of the Year. He was also listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1999 and 2001. In 2001 he was designated a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor by the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and received the first Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Texas Tech System. In 2002 the third American Chemical Society CHEMLUMINARY award in four years was awarded for his outreach efforts. In 2004 he was named National Advisor of the Year by Mortar Board, Inc. and became Chair of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. Dr. Casadonte was named one of the first three Discovery Corps Fellows by the National Science Foundation in 2004 for a project entitled Project SERVE (Science Enrichment Using Retired Volunteer Educators). He is the North American Journal Editor for Ultrasonics: Sonochemistry (Elsevier), and has been on the Board of Advisors for McGraw-Hill Co., for Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (Silberberg). He is a member of the American Chemical Society (Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education), the Inter-American Photochemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry Sonochemical Subject Group, the European Sonochemical Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Mortar Board, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Dominick J. Casadonte, Jr.
Interim Dean of The Graduate School
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030