Meredith Newman
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
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  • B.S., Southern College of SDA, 1981
  • M.S., Clemson University, 1985
  • Ph.D., Clemson University, 1990

Education and experience

Dr. Newman double majored in biology and art as an undergraduate.  After completing her Bachelor of Science degree she worked as a laboratory technician in the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia.  She decided to pursue a graduate degree in environmental chemistry.  After completing her doctorate degree from Clemson University, Dr. Newman completed a post-doctoral research position at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  She also worked as a senior scientist at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and taught chemistry and geology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.  Dr. Newman became a professor of chemistry at Mars Hill University in 2008.

She teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry at MHU.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Newman is interested in and has worked in many areas of environmental chemistry including, metal and radionuclide transport, transformation and remediation, acid rain impacts, and surface water quality.  She has worked with Madison County North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation to monitor the impacts of Best Management Agricultural Practices on water quality.  Dr. Newman is a past chair of the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society.

Personal Interest

Dr. Newman truly enjoys chemistry and sharing her joy with students.  The Oxford dictionary defines geekiness as “the quality of being knowledgeable and obsessively interested in something.” Dr. Newman encourages all science students to revel in their geekiness as scientists.  When not reveling in her geekiness Dr. Newman enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, photography and reading.  Please visit Dr. Newman’s webpage at