Washington earned a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and holds a BS in Biology from John Carroll University.
At Claflin, Washington primarily teaches courses in General Chemistry I and II lecture and laboratory, as well as an upper level Inorganic Chemistry lecture and laboratory course. Washington is the coordinator for the first and second year curricula for the Department of Chemistry. She is one of the faculty advisors for the student chapter of the American Chemical Society and serves on various faculty/university committees.
Washington was recently named an award recipient for the EPSCor/IDeA Stimulus Research Program with collaborators from Clemson, USC, and College of Charleston. Her research focus is on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds and their possible increased functionality and more favorable energetics for applications in opto-electronic materials. Washington has also published numerous manuscripts in the area of Inorganic Chemistry.
Washington’s focus on her students, especially first-year students, has been duly recognized through Claflin’s Instructor of the Year honors. She has also received the Certificate of Faculty Excellence award from the Office of the Provost.