Michael Schuder, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Michael Schuder

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Chemistry Biochemistry


Dr. Schuder is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He began teaching at Carroll in fall, 1994, after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder in physical chemistry and teaching three years at a private college in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he received a B.S. in chemistry (1984). While at Carroll, he has instructed 23 different chemistry lecture and laboratory courses, served as chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and as associate dean for the college of natural and health sciences. Schuder has also collaborated in research projects with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.


  • University of Colorado – Boulder, Ph.D., 1991, High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Weakly-Bound Complexes.
  • North Dakota State University, B.S., 1984, Major: Chemistry

Areas of Specialization

Physical Chemistry, Infrared Spectroscopy, Heavy Metals in Aquatic Animals

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Sabbatical – University of Colorado, Boulder, 2016
Study of small organic radicals including hyrdroxymethyl
Sabbatical – University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia, 2004
Study of negatively charged organic ions and distorted polystyrene spheres

Recent Publications

“High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Jet Cooled CH2OH Radical: CH-Symmetric Stretch Mode and Torsional Tunneling Observation” M.D. Schuder, F. Wang, C.-H. Chang and D.J. Nesbitt, J. Chem. Phys., 146, 194307 (2017).
“Evaluation and calibration of Aeroqual series 500 portable gas sensors for accurate measurement of ambient ozone and nitrogen dioxide” C. Lin, J. Gillespie, M.D. Schuder, W. Duberstein, I.J. Beverland, M.R. Heal, Atm. Env. 100, 111 (2015).
“High Resolution Infrared Studies in Slit Supersonic Discharges: CH2Stretch Excitation of Jet Cooled CH2Cl Radical” E.S. Whitney, T. Haeber, M.D. Schuder, A.C. Blair and D.J. Nesbitt,  J. Chem. Phys. 125, 54303 (2006).
“Observation of Non-degenerate Cavity Modes for a Distorted Polystyrene Microsphere” A.J. Trevitt, P.J. Wearne, E.J. Bieske, and M.D. Schuder, Optics Letter 31, 2211 (2006).
“CH stretch/internal rotor dynamics in ethyl radical: High-resolution spectroscopy in the CH3-stretch manifold” T. Haeber, A.C. Blair, D.J. Nesbitt and M.D. Schuder, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 54316 (2006).
“Infrared Spectra of the Cl-- C2H4and Br-- C2H4Anion Dimers” R.L. Wilson, Z.M. Loh, D.A. Wild, C.D. Thompson, M.D. Schuder, J.M. Lisy and E.J. Bieske, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 7, 3419-3425 (2005).

Recent Meeting Presentations

“Investigation of Organic Radicals and Intermediates via High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy,” M.D. Schuder, A. Kortyna, and D.J. Nesbitt, 253rdNational ACS Meeting. (2017)
“Mercury Analysis of Fish,” K. McCarthy and M.D. Schuder, 253rdNational ACS Meeting. (2017)
“Isomerization efficiency of alpha acids in IPA beer,” J. Lifton and M.D. Schuder, 249thNational ACS Meeting. (2015)
“Monitoring O3and NO2concentrations between Milwaukee and Chicago,” T. Antoniewicz, T. Robers, and M.D. Schuder, 249thNational ACS Meeting. (2015)
“Determination of concentration of alpha and beta acids in hops via high performance liquid chromatography,” W. Perego and M.D. Schuder, 247thNational ACS Meeting. (2014)
“Roadside pollution: Accuracy of nitrogen dioxide passive diffusion tubes and correlations of traffic patterns to nitrogen dioxide levels,” L. Caravello, B. Lind and M.D. Schuder, 247th National ACS  Meeting. (2014)
“Glasgow and Nottingham, A Tale of Two Cities: Carroll University pilots a new international undergraduate research program,”  K. McMahon, G.T. Marks, M.D. Schuder, J.J. Piatt, 214th National ACS Meeting. (2011)

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Institutional Service

  • Member, Provost Search Committee, 2018
  • Member, Student Faculty Ethics Committee, 2017-present
  • Member, General and Cross-Cultural Education Committee, 2013-2017
  • Associate Dean, College of Natural Science, Health Science and Business (2010-2014)
  • Led 14 student groups on study courses to Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, UK and Europe
  • Directed research projects for 48 Carroll students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry

Professional Service

  • Chair, Milwaukee Section American Chemical Society, 2013-2014
  • Chairperson of 29thWisconsin Undergraduate Symposium in Chemistry
  • ​Program chair for the undergraduate program at the 2009 Fall National ACS meeting

Community Service

  • National College Curling Advisory Committee
  • Coordinated and ran 25 elementary and middle school science programs
  • ​Science Judge for elementary school science fairs

Honors and Awards


  • Chemluminary Award, ACS Excellence Award for National Chemistry Week Activities, 1994
  • Benjamin F. Richason, Jr. Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Educational Innovation, 2005 
  • Edna N. and Edgar A. and Thronson Chair of Chemistry
  • American Chemical recognition for service on the SOCED task force for undergraduate program  

Recent Grants Received

  • Chemistry Research Education Abroad and Transcultural Experience (CREATE); NSF-IRES Program, $250,000
  • Thronson International Research Program; Edgar Thronson Foundation, $76,100
  • Integrating Fluorescence Spectroscopy into the Undergraduate Science Curriculum; NSF – Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement – Adaptation and Implementation Program, $30,720
  • Carroll University STaR Scholarship Program; NSF S-STEM, $393,300

What is your teaching style?

Teaching is fundamentally an active, collaborative undertaking between a “teacher” and a “student” in which the goal is to increase the content knowledge of the student and develop skill appropriate to the discipline to improve their ability to ask and answer questions. Time spent in courses working through new content is always supported with active student learning activities developed to help student understand concepts and practice the process of problem solving. I strive to make content interesting and applicable to student education and life goals.

Why do you do what you do?

I teach because I love to help students achieve their life goals. I travel with students on cultural experiences because I love to challenge students and help them understand their own culture through the eyes of others. I continue to pursue research interests because there are so many outstanding questions and misconceptions that chemistry can address. I serve because I am blessed in many ways in my life and wish to share blessings with others.

What should students know about you?

I am the father of two wonderful adult daughters and one amazing grandson. I have been at Carroll for over 25 years. It was a wonderful place to develop my career and a great place to continue to work with motivated and hard-working students.
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