Associate Provost for International Affairs, and an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego

James Bolender is the Associate Provost for International Affairs, and an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics at Wittenberg University and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Physical Chemistry. Dr. Bolender followed up his doctorate with post-doctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University.
He has been a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1996.
Dr. Bolender has been awarded the Davies (now Deans) Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences, and also was a Knapp Chair in the College in 2015. His research work in water quality issues have taken him to remote locations in Mexico, Uganda, and Kenya to explore the impact of water issues on environmental and public health.
Dr. Bolender’s service to USD include terms as interim chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chair of the Academic Assembly in the College, Director of the Honors Program, a member of the Faculty Senate, co-chair of the Engaged Scholarship Taskforce, and chair of the President’s Advisory Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic.