Susan M. Ensel

  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Professor of Chemistry

Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics

Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 248


I have taught organic chemistry at Hood for more than 20 years and have done research in Tanzania and at USAMRIID (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases). I love the Hood students, the campus and the community.

I grew up near Albany, New York, and was a high school and college athlete. I enjoy watching students-athletes compete here on campus.

My honors course students complete service hours in the Frederick community; I volunteer with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and I have led alternative spring break trips to Habitat builds in North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida.

My wife and I live within walking distance of the College (although I often prefer to ride my Segway) and we share our home with three rescue cats.


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1993, chemistry
  • B.S., Union College, 1983, chemistry