College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Geoscience
Ph.D., 1974, University of Missouri
Postdoctoral studies, University of Iowa
Sabbatical study, University of Illinois
B.S., 1970, University of Missouri
With his Ph.D. in biochemistry, Dr. Ferren has done postdoctoral studies at the University of Iowa. His special interests include metalloenzymes, proteolytic enzymes, mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, nuclear chemistry and radiation safety. He has published works dealing with the proteolytic enzymes found in the lungs. His recent sabbatical was spent studying biochemistry at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Ferren has taught at Olivet since 1975. He teaches or co-teaches Introduction to Chemistry, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Biochemistry, Advanced Biochemistry, Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis.
He is a member of and former officer in the Joliet section of the American Chemical Society. He has also held offices in the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area.
Since 1989, he has held offices in the Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers of Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC). Currently, as the placement officer, he helps the 120 schools in the association find new faculty members. He also helps aspiring faculty members find available positions at those schools.
When not in the classroom or lab, you may find Dr. Ferren traveling with and singing in a barbershop chorus or quartet. He and his wife, Alice, have two children and six grandchildren.