324 Christoverson Humanities Building


James Byrd, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Chemistry

"I enjoy showing students the beautiful symmetry of the chemical world, how to use chemical techniques to understand things too small to be seen. It is important that students understand the connections between the scientific world and all of the arts and humanities so that they not only understand the science, but the impact that science has upon humanity."

Dr. Byrd is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Florida Southern College. He came to the college after 15 years of teaching and administration at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to that he was a full-time researcher at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. Dr. Byrd has a BA in Chemistry and French and a MSPH in Environmental Chemistry from the University of North Carolina. His Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography was earned at Florida State University.

Courses Taught

Physical Science, and Honors Environmental Science.


Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography, Florida State University
M.S.P.H., Environmental Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Chemistry and French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honors and Awards

AASU Distinguished Service Award, 1997

Lake Champlain Summer Fellowship, 1991

University Fellowship, Florida State University, 1981-1983

Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Honorary Member

Recent Publications

Florida Southern College Academic Catalog (ed.) (2006-2008, 2012).

Armstrong Atlantic State University Academic Catalog (ed.) (2000-2004).
Self-Study for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (ed.) (2002).