Augustine will teach undergraduate chemistry courses and work closely with faculty in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and health science programs to coordinate undergraduate research experiences, internships and other hands-on opportunities for students who want to become practicing scientists.
Augustine received his Ph.D. in materials chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher and member of the technical staff at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. Most recently, he taught as a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at James Madison University in Virginia.
He was a Fulbright Scholar, taught nanotechnology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and developed the fourth American Chemical Society certified degree program in materials chemistry in the country at James Madison University. He has been actively involved in engaging undergraduate students in research having mentored more than 65 students over the past 16 years.