Todd Pagano, Ph.D.

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Bio: Dr. Todd Pagano, Professor of Chemistry, is the Associate Dean for Teaching & Scholarship Excellence at RIT/NTID and was the founding Director of NTID's Laboratory Science Technology (LST) program; a one-of-kind program in the world (i.e., a postsecondary chemical technology program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students). During his career at RIT/NTID, he has led the design and implementation of the LST program, set-up a state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory, architected the new degree program, and helped to place a large number of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into careers in the chemical sciences.

Dr. Pagano has been honored as a recipient of several awards, including: RIT’s Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching (RIT's Distinguished Teaching Award), Dawan L. Albritton Faculty Humanitarian Award, NTID’s Faculty Research Scholar Award, and the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Stanley C. Israel Medal for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.  In 2011, he was named a Fellow of the ACS and received the Dreyfus Foundation/ACS National Award: Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into the Chemical Sciences.  In 2012, he was named to the Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list and was also named United States Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  In 2013, he received RIT’s Faculty Mentoring Award and the Distinguished Alumni award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University.  In 2016, he was awarded the Science Techers Assoiciation of New York State's Excellene in Teaching award and the Society for College Sciene Teachers' Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award. In 2017, he was a visiting scholar for the Excellence in Analytical Chemistry program in Sweden and as a Fulbright specialist in Estonia.

A balanced teacher-scholar, Dr. Pagano has worked on several analytical chemistry and pedagogical research projects and has authored over 200 papers at local, national, and international symposia.  He conducts research in fluorescence spectroscopy, climate change’s impact on access to safe drinking water, fruit/grape/wine biochemistry, and the deposition of tobacco & electronic cigarette products in the lungs.  He also leads initiatives in pedagogical approaches to teaching chemistry, writing in the sciences, and promoting diversity in STEM fields.  In his current associate dean role, he leads undergraduate research initiatives at RIT/NTID and faculty development related to the integration of teaching and scholarship.  He has met with U.S. Congressional leaders to discuss topics in STEM education and the educational needs of students with disabilities.  For his science education efforts, award citations have commended his “tireless dedication, Suwannee River chartimmeasurable impact, and valued leadership in breaking down barriers and encouraging underrepresented students into careers in the chemical sciences”.

He has consulted for the National Academy of Science, serves on the ACS Joint-Board Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, is a consultant to the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs, serves on the Executive Board for the Rochester Section of the ACS, and is Editor of the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities.


B.A. - Chemistry; State University of New York, Oswego
M.S. - Chemistry; Tufts University
Ph.D. - Chemistry; Tufts University


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