United States Air Force Academy

Go to home page

Dr. Kim Gardner

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Kim Gardner
Contact Information

(719) 333-6047



Dr Gardner was born in Moscow, ID and raised in Maryville, MO. She returned to Moscow to pursue her BS and MS degrees in chemistry. Upon completing her MS degree, she moved to Seattle and began work on her PhD with Dr Jim Mayer at the University of Washington. She graduated in June 1996 and immediately began her career teaching at USAFA in the department of chemistry.

Dr Gardner is married with two sons. Her husband, is a mechanical engineer and owner of the consulting firm, Blackdog Engineering.


PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington (1996)

Master of Science, Chemistry, University of Idaho (1990)

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Idaho (1989)

Professional Experience

Associate professor, U.S. Air Force Academy (2000-present)

Assistant professor, U.S. Air Force Academy (1997-2000)

Instructor, U.S. Air Force Academy (1996-1997)

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Academy Educator (2008)

Carol M. Goldman Distinguished Service Award (2003)

Civilian Instructor of the Year, Department of Chemistry (1999)


“Synthesis of 1,3-Diphenyl-6-alkyl/aryl-Substituted Fulvene Chromophores: Observation of π–π Interactions in a 6-Pyrene-Substituted 1,3-Diphenylfulvene” Peloquin, A. J.; Stone, R. L.; Avila, S. E.; Rudico, E. R.; Horn, C. B.; Gardner, K. A.; Ball, D. A.; Johnson, J. E. B.; Iacono, S. T.; Balaich, G. J. J. Org. Chem. 2012 77, 6371.