Faculty & Staff

A.B., Saint Michael's College

M.A., The University of Vermont

Ph.D., The University of Connecticut

Post-Doctoral Study, Indiana University

Dr. Roger Festa studies both the process and outcomes of undergraduate professional training in chemistry.  He has published a series of papers applying student development theory to the professional development of college chemistry majors, focusing on the applications of the American Institute of Chemists Code of Ethics to professional conduct.  A collateral interest is the development of a model application of student development theory and a holistic approach to professional advising.  Dr. Festa is also a specialist in college student development, specializing in men's fraternities, and he publishes and consults in this field.

Dr. Festa is President Emeritus of the American Institute of Chemists, having served in that office for two years (1996 & 1997) as the youngest president in the history of the Institute.  In 1999, he completed a record 18 consecutive years of service as a member of the Institute's Board of Directors, including seven years as an officer.  He continues his service as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Chemists Foundation.

Dr. Festa served as an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Education for ten years (1980-1990). He edited biographical manuscripts and the feature 'Profiles in Chemistry' which published more than 60 short biographies of prominent chemists in a 'classroom-ready' format designed for integration into high school chemistry lesson plans and college chemistry lectures.

Dr. Festa is highly trained and experienced in the area of college faculty evaluation.  From 1996-2007, he chaired both the Tenure Committee and the Promotion Committee in the Division of Science.  When the university was restructured into departments, Dr. Festa chaired the Department of Chemistry Faculty Personnel Committee (a combined Promotion and Tenure Committee) from 2007-2014.  Dr. Festa served four years on the Faculty Senate's Faculty Personnel Policy Committee which developed the Teacher-Scholar Model of evaluation and established the baseline standards for faculty evaluation across the university.  Dr. Festa was one of the principal authors of the Department of Chemistry's evaluation standards and protocols, an evaluation plan to which other departments were referred as a model process.

At the university level, Dr. Festa is a member of the Enrollment Management Committee.  He is active at the Newman Center and in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP Truman Chapter).

For 26 years, Dr. Festa has been the advisor to Truman's chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. At the national level, Dr. Festa is a member of the Board of Governors of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.  In 1985, he and Dr. Wohlers established Truman's chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the co-ed professional fraternity in chemistry.  Dr. Festa is an emeritus member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, DC.

Dr. Festa is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and American Men and Women of Science.