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Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Teaching at Cairn since 2018

Holly Hixson


  • PhD (Chemistry), Kansas State University
  • BS (Chemistry), Oklahoma State University


Dr. Hixson teaches a variety of science courses at Cairn, including Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physical Science. She comes to the University with years of experience in education as well as extensive research in the broad field of chemistry. Dr. Hixson works hard to challenge her students to understand scientific thinking more deeply, yet she affirms that such thinking is ultimately a faithful pursuit as it follows the search for truth. She has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 28+ years, and together they have two daughters.

Prior to teaching at Cairn, Dr. Hixson spent a year at Kigali International Community School in Rwanda, and four years at Oklahoma Christian Univeristy teaching the sciences.

Contact Information: [email protected]

Additional Information

Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Science and faith

Publications & Presentations:

  • H. G. Hixson, M. J. Wojcik, M. S. Devlin, J. P. Devlin, and V. Buch. “Experimental and simulated vibrational spectra of H2 absorbed in amorphous ice: Surface structures, energetics, and relaxations,” J. Chem. Phys., 1992, 97(2), 753-767.
  • H. Hixson, P. M. A. Sherwood. “Valence band and core photoelectron spectroscopic studies of molybdenum aqueous oxidation and the influence of argon-ion etching,” J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans., 1995, 91(20), 3593-3601.
  • H. Hixson, P. M. A. Sherwood. “Electrochemical oxidation of molybdenum metal in 0.5 M H2SO4 studied by core and valence band X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and interpreted by band structure calculations,” Chem. Mater., 1996, 8(11), 2643-2653.
  • Holly G. Hixson and Peter M.A. Sherwood, “Study of the Corrosion Behavior of Electroplated Iron-Zinc Alloys Using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy,” J. Phys. Chem. B, 105, 3957 to 3964, (2001).

Teaching at Cairn since 2018