Dr. Adrienne Oxley


Dean, Division of Health, Mathematics, and Sciences | Director, Mastery Lab | Professor of Chemistry

Bush Science Center | 241




Dr. Adrienne Oxley, Professor of Chemistry, is an inorganic chemist whose research interests lie in the area of nanoparticle synthesis and luminescent lanthanide compounds. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she earned her BS in Biochemistry from Chatham University and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

At Columbia College, Dr. Oxley primarily teaches the general chemistry and biochemistry sequences, as well as non-majors and GOB chemistry courses. She also oversees the college’s LA 201: Gender, Diversity, and Social Justice course where she serves as lead instructor. Dr. Oxley serves as Co-PI on two NSF funded S-STEM grants which have and continue to provide scholarships and mentorship to students.

When not at the college, Dr. Oxley enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband and children and actively participating with her local Girl Scout troop.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award | 2015

What do you love about working at Columbia College?

I am the product of a single gender institution and I greatly value the opportunities, experiences, and relationships that I was able to have as a result of that environment. I enjoy being able to interact with students on the same level and hope that I am having half of the impact that my mentors had on me. I value the community feel of campus – this is a place where you know everyone cares and wants the best for every student.