Margaret Henderson, Ph.D.

Lecturer ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Carbohydrate Chemistry

Henderson, Margaret

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: SCI 102G
Phone: 253-692-4318
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • Ph.D., Institute of Paper Chemistry, 1986.


I have been teaching chemistry for over 15 years in total. Courses I have taught include introductory chemistry for non-majors, general chemistry for science majors, organic chemistry for science majors, general, organic, and biochemistry for pre-nursing students, and a general chemistry prep class. Particular interests in teaching include developing active learning and group activities to promote understanding of complex concepts, using writing as a way to promote critical thinking and analytical skills, and working with students with learning differences.

Prior to teaching, I worked in several industrial labs on a variety of research projects. My early teaching career occur at institutions where research was not possible. I have, however, maintained an interest in carbohydrate chemistry, the use of lignin derivatives as an alternative to petroleum-derived chemicals, and have led small student projects in the areas of organic molecules for dye-sensitized solar cells as well as a variety of environmental analyses. I have an interest in developing some of these topics further in the future.