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Office of Academic Affairs

Antioch offers students a unique and challenging educational curriculum based in experiential education and the intentional integration of classroom, community and cooperative education. Special attention is given to curricular initiatives of FACT, sustainability, Global Seminars and development of language proficiency. The Office of Academic Affairs at Antioch College is responsible for overseeing the delivery of that curriculum.

Dr. Kevin McGruder, Vice President of Academic Affairs, works with the faculty and staff in the Office of Academic Affairs to support and facilitate delivery of the curriculum and student learning at Antioch College. In addition the Office of Academic Affairs assists related academic services and supports, including Cooperative Education, Global Education, Academic Support Services, faculty development, the Registrar, Olive Kettering Library, Herndon Gallery, and the Writing Institute in their work with our students.


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Kevin McGruder

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History

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Kevin McGruder

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Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).

McGruder’s interest in Harlem’s history led to two entrepreneurial ventures. From 1990 to 1991 he was owner/manager of Home to Harlem gift shop, and from 2000 to 2008 he was co-owner of Harlemade Style Shop, a store providing Harlem-themed tee shirts, books and other items celebrating Harlem.

During the 2011-2012 academic year McGruder was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, where he conducted additional research and revised his doctoral dissertation for publication as a book. The result is Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, June 2015).



  • Ph.D., History, City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • M.B.A., Real Estate Finance, Columbia University
  • B.A., Economics, Harvard University


  • CLCN 210: Community Engagement
  • HIST 210: African American History from the Colonial Period to the Present
  • HIST 331: The History of the American City


  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free (Urban Ministries, Inc., 2013).
  • Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice in the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (W.B. Eerdmans, 2013)
  • Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • “A Fair and Open Field: The Responses of Black New Yorkers to the New York City Draft Riots”, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July, 2013
  • “Pathologizing Sexuality: The U.S. Experience,” in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies, edited by Sandra L. Barnes and Juan Battle, Rutgers University Press, 2010
  • “Black Sexuality in the U.S.: Presentations as Non-normative,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2009)
  • “To Be Heard in Print: Black Gay Writers in 1980s New York,” Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Spring/Summer 2005, Volume 6, Number 1 (North Carolina State University)
  • “Jane Ryder Fisher” The Black Scholar, Spring/Summer 1993


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David Kammler

Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry

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David Kammler


Dr. David Kammler is interested in a wide variety of activities, disciplines, and modes of inquiry, especially: astronomy and space exploration, biochemistry, chemistry, cooking, gardening, history, philosophy, running, soccer, and teaching.  Dr. Kammler began to focus on chemistry and biochemistry in college, and graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with an AB, Cum Laude, in Chemistry.  During this time Dr. Kammler fell in love with teaching and the interdisciplinary modes of inquiry found within liberal arts colleges.  After a short hiatus for rest, recovery, cooking, and more teaching, Dr. Kammler attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry major, Biochemistry minor) in 2002.  Dr. Kammler came to Antioch College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and then an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, where he remained until the school’s closure in 2008.  During this time, he taught majors classes in chemistry and biomedical science, as well as interdisciplinary general education classes such as the science of cooking, chemistry and art, and fresh water chemistry, all of which included healthy doses of history, philosophy, and hands-on learning.  From 2008-2011, Dr. Kammler was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wilberforce University, where he taught majors classes in biomedical science and health services administration, as well as general education classes.  In 2011, Dr. David Kammler was privileged to join the new Antioch College, where he currently teaches chemistry and chemistry-related classes for the biomedical science and environmental science majors, as well as general education classes, with the expected sprinklings of art, astronomy, history, philosophy and, of course, humor.  In 2012, Dr. Kammler became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, responsible for a wide variety of practical curricular mechanics, which increased when he became Dean of Academic Affairs in 2016.  According to sources that could just possibly be reliable, he continues to have a sense of humor, and still finds writing his own biographical sketches rather odd.  Dr. Kammler is a third-generation Eagle Scout, has written, received, and reviewed scientific grants and patents, has received three distinguished teaching awards since his teaching career began in 1992, and is most assuredly a foodie.



  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • A.B., Chemistry, Harvard University


  • Chem 105/160: General Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 205/330: Organic Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 340: Biochemistry (now a two-course series, Chem 341/342)
  • GS 110: Global Seminar: Water
  • GS 160: Global Seminar: Education


  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Art
  • Science of Cooking


  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (Bridge of Birds, Story of the Stone, Eight Skilled Gentlemen) by Barry Hughart
  • The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire by Phil Foglio
  • On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, 2nd Edition, by Harold McGee
  • Caveman Chemistry: 28 Projects, from the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics by Kevin M. Dunn


  • Woehrle, J., Kammler, D., & Spirrison, H. (2016). Minimally Invasive Assessment.  Intersection, The newsletter of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Fall Edition, 12-15.
  • “Studies of Azetidin-2-one as a Reactive Enolate Synthon of β-Alanine for Condensations with Aldehydes and Ketones”, Williams, D. R.; Donnell, A. F.; Kammler, D. C.; Ward, S. A.; Taylor IV, L. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 10463-10475; published on the Web (ASAP Article) September 14, 2016 DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01585
  • “A Service-Learning Project in Chemistry: Environmental Monitoring of a Nature Preserve”, Kammler, D.; Truong, T.; VanNess, G.; McGowin, A. J. Chem. Educ201289, 1384-1389.  Featured on the cover of the November 2012 issue.  Published on the Web 9/4/12.