Erwin Boschmann


IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2007)
Herman Frederic Lieber Award (1983)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Science
Department of Chemistry


Erwin Boschmann received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has been with IUPUI since 1968, where he currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Chemistry.

In 1983 he received Indiana University's state-wide H.F. Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1986 he was awarded a Lilly Faculty Open Fellowship. During 1997 he served as chair of the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bethel College. In 1991 his Chemistry 101 was made available on the local PBS and cable systems, and in 1997 his course became the prototype for the development of Oncourse.

From 1988 to 1998 he served as associate dean of the Faculties charged with responsibilities for faculty development for the 1500 full-time and 800 part-time faculty at IUPUI. Duties included the administration of an internal grants program, organizing workshops, facilitation of one-on-one faculty consultations, coordination of all awards, implementation of technology into the curriculum, assistance with promotion, tenure, and sabbatical decisions, and supervising a publications program. Managed through the Office of Faculty and Senior Staff Development, offices in his portfolio included Center for Teaching and Learning, Office for Women, Senior Academy, Minority Faculty, and Part-Time faculty. In December of 1998 he was appointed as Indiana University's associate vice president for Distributed Education charged with designing and implementing new pedagogical models and technology-based delivery methods for all eight campuses. In 2004 he was named interim provost of IU East.

Boschmann is the author of several dozen articles and numerous books on research and teaching. He chaired the American Chemical Society's national examination committee for General, Organic, Biological Chemistry, and was a table leader for the College Board's Educational Testing Service Advance Placement examinations. He has taught chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels and served as consultant to chemistry departments in South America and Indonesia.