Amy Balija joined Radford University as an assistant professor of chemistry in August 2016. She teaches introductory organic chemistry, develops inclusive learning environments, and examines how dendrimers and polymers remove organic pollutants from aqueous environments. Before Radford, she taught at Fordham University for nine years.
Besides academia, Amy enjoys sharing her love of chemistry through volunteering with the American Chemical Society at local and national events. Currently, she is an executive member of the national Women Chemists Committee and is involved with the Awards and Recognition Subcommittee. Amy works to be a chemistry ambassador to the local community and thus serves as the SuperNova mentor for the New River Valley Region of the Blue Ridge Council Scouts.
Amy earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying dendrimers in the laboratories of Professor Steve Zimmerman. She has won local and national teaching and mentoring awards through her academic career. Amy is a co-author with undergraduates on publications ranging from dendrimer synthesis to chemical education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with her son.