Dr. Paul McCord
Associate Professor of Instruction
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. McCord is a native of Abilene, Texas. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Abilene Christian University (ACU) in 1983. He continued at ACU to earn his M.S. in organic synthesis in 1985, after which he moved to Austin, TX. Dr. McCord recieved his Ph.D from the University of Texas in 1992 in the field of analytical chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Allen Bard. After a short post-doc experience with Dr. Bard, Dr. McCord became a lecturer (Assistant Professor of Instruction) at UT in 1994. He is currently an Associate Professor of Instruction in the chemistry department.
Dr. McCord has taught mostly freshman level courses such as Principles of Chemistry I & II, and Introductory Chemistry (aka: Chemistry in Context) over the years. In addition to those courses, Dr. McCord has also taught Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. His primary teaching mission has been to educate UT freshman and prepare them for their journey into science related fields. Dr. McCord is a big supporter of lowering the cost of education by providing a no-cost chemistry textbook to UT students. He is currently working on his free eBook "chembook" which is a free book for non-science majors. He is also currently teaching the non-major chemistry classes at the university.
https://gchem.cm.utexas.edu is known as the "gchem" site which is a full chemistry textbook for freshman level chemistry for all science majors. This site was authored in calaboration with Dr. David Vanden Bout and Dr. Cynthia LaBrake. It has been active since 2012.
https://mccord.cm.utexas.edu/chembook is Dr. McCord's relatively new site that is specifically written for non-science majors at the university who are getting their required science credit. It has been active from 2019 to the present.
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