Employee Spotlight- Dotson

Steve Dotson | Chemistry Instructor | Serving SIC Since 1991

Spotlight CandidateSteve Dotson


BS Biochemistry University of Illinois
MS Chemistry Southern Illinois University

Well, I did get nominated once for outstanding faculty of the year.  I still think it was likely a mix-up by someone(s) who get me and Steve Rea confused.

Organizations or committees:
Learning Resources Advisement Committee


What positions have you held prior to SIC?
I was hired at SIC fresh out of graduate school in the fall of 1991. Lucky me, huh?

What does SIC means to you?
A good place for a student to begin one’s college education, explore different classes and career options if still unsure what career to pursue, and do so without breaking the bank.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?
The student who, when receiving their graded 2nd exam in CHEM 123 and observing that he had scored 29 points higher on the second exam as compared to the first exam, exclaimed, “Hey!  This studying c**p actually works!”

What do you do in your spare time?
Read, garden, travel a little.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
I have particularly enjoyed trips to Colorado-primarily the Springs area.

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?
If he were still alive, Rodney Dangerfield.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
I have had the privilege of dining with a man on several occasions who is now 83 years of age and can speak on numerous subjects drawn from a lifetime of different professions and experiences.  If we were talking a one-time deal, Warren Buffett-a man who auctions his time at a dinner of this very sort for charity.  The winning bidder routinely pays some righteous bucks for the privilege.

What’s the the best piece of advice you can give to others? 
Well, any advice I might give is most likely worth what the little boy shot at. But I would advise my colleagues to save their earnings as best they can to fund retirement, for I have no faith that we can count on SURS.
As for advice from another person, I enjoy the Mark Twain observation that we would be wise to believe only half of what we see, a quarter of what we read, and nothing of what we hear. I shall leave it to you, dear readers, as to which three-quarters written above is pure poppycock.