Professor of Chemistry; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Steven Malinak is a professor in the department of chemistry. While specializing in inorganic chemistry, Dr. Malinak teaches introductory organic chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, and advanced synthetic methods. Dr. Malinak has also developed a number of interdisciplinary courses that, broadly speaking, focus on philosophy of science and human evolution. These courses include Human Origin: Scientific and Christian Perspectives, Sex and Gender Roles: An Evolutionary Perspective, two courses offered through W&J’s First Year Seminar program (Evolution and…, and Earth: With and Without Us), and Star Wars: Exploring a Modern Myth.
In addition to course development, Dr. Malinak’s scholarly interests include chemical education, synthetic inorganic chemistry, and the exploration of philosophical, scientific and Christian scholarship as it relates to the question of human origin. His book, Nietzsche Was Probably Right: A Postcritical Assessment of the Christian Paradigm and Its Deity, offers a balanced, objective, comprehensive overview of issues that are relevant to all Christians.