Professor Phil Hampton received his B.A. in Chemistry in 1984 from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1989 from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. After completing his graduate studies, he held a two-year postdoctoral position at California Institute of Technology (1989-1991). He started his academic career as an assistant professor (1991 – 1997) in the Chemistry Department at the University of New Mexico and was promoted to associated professor (1997 – 2001). In 2001, he accepted the opportunity to be a founding faculty member of CSU Channel Islands (CI, 2001) and worked with twelve other founding faculty members to plan for the opening of CI as a campus in Fall 2002. He was promoted to full professor in 2002. In June 2017, Dr. Hampton was appointed Interim Director of Educational Partnerships, a new department at CSU Channel Islands that seeks to build partnerships with local PK-12 educational settings, businesses, and Naval Base Ventura County. He also serves as the Director for the Ventura County STEM Network (VC STEM) which seeks to enhance STEM instruction and STEM opportunities in Ventura County. Bringing science to the community is one of Dr. Hampton’s greatest passions. He serves as the Director of the annual Science Carnival a free event first launched in 2009, where over 2500 PK-8 grade students and their parents engage in over 100 hands-on STEM activities run by over 400 community volunteers.