Office: SWA 300D
Degrees: Ph.D. The University of Michigan; B.A. Albion College
Areas of Study
Steven Malinak is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. His specific specialty is inorganic chemistry, however, being the product of a liberal arts education, he is interested in a wide array of subjects. Dr. Malinak teaches introductory organic chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, and advanced synthetic methods in the Chemistry department. He also routinely teaches an interdisciplinary course through the religious studies department called "Human Origin: Scientific and Christian Perspectives," looking at the complexity of the debate between scientific and Christian worldviews.
Dr. Malinak tries to pass along his enthusiasm for the liberating nature of education by being an active participant in our Freshman Forum program, having most recently offered a seminar entitled "Evolution and…," which looks at human uniqueness, human behavior, and our place in the natural world through the lens of science.
His research interests include the synthesis of potential new metal-containing liquid crystals and exploring the works of modern Christian, philosophical and scientific scholarship as it relates to human origin. Dr. Malinak is also an unabashed fan of Star Wars.