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Adessa Butler PhD

Adessa Butler, PhD

Adessa Butler, PhD

Program Director, Science

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Academic II, Room 2208


Adessa Butler, PhD, has taught at RCC since 2011 as an Instructor of Chemistry. She teaches Inorganic Chemistry, Honors Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Her area of expertise is Chemical Education, with her doctoral research delving into how the inquiry teaching method affects chemistry comprehension for non-science majors.  She was appointed Co-Chair of Science in 2016.

Dr. Butler is enthusiastic about imparting an appreciation of chemistry to science and non-science majors alike, and strives to maintain an interactive classroom to help make chemistry enjoyable for students. She helps promote chemistry understanding to all age levels of the general public through community activities and involvement with the American Chemical Society.

Prior to joining the RCC faculty, Dr. Butler taught at the University of Akron in Akron, OH, and Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ.



  • BS Chemistry, University of Akron, 2004
  • BS Biology, Microbiology, University of Akron, 2004
  • MEd Teaching and Teacher Education, University of Arizona, 2006
  • PhD Chemistry, University of Akron, 2011


Professional Accomplishments

  • American Chemical Society, 2001-present
  • National Science Teachers Association, 2007-present
  • Member-at-Large, Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society, 2012-present



  • Poster titled, "Effectiveness of Guided Inquiry on Students' Comprehension of Chemistry Concepts in a Non-Science Majors' Course," presented at 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, 2013