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Steven M. Malinak, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 724-503-1001 ext:6135

Email: smalinak@washjeff.edu

Office: SWA 300D

Degrees: Ph.D. The University of Michigan; B.A. Albion College

Areas of Study

Steven Malinak is a 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 teaches an interdisciplinary course through the Religious Studies department called “Human Origin: Scientific and Christian Perspectives” and contributes to the Gender and Women’s Study program with “Sex and Gender Roles: An Evolutionary Perspective.”

Dr. Malinak tries to pass along his enthusiasm for the liberating nature of education by being an active participant in the First Year Seminar program, routinely contributing 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 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.  He recently published “Nietzsche Was Probably Right: A Postcritical Assessment of the Christian Paradigm and Its Deity” which offers a balanced, objective, comprehensive overview of issues that are relevant to all Christians. Dr. Malinak is also an unabashed fan of “Star Wars.”