With a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.S from the University of Utah, Dr. Schettler has been a professor of physical chemistry at Juniata since 1967. Throughout his teaching career he has pursued additional study and research, earning postdoctoral fellowships at both alma maters, as well as research opportunities at Texas A & M University and the University and Polytechnic Federation of Lille, France.
He received the Beachley Distinguished Professor Award in 1978 for the quality of his teaching at Juniata and, in 1995, he received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service.
His special interests include theoretical physical chemistry and the exploitation of natural gas reserves of shale. Recent research activities include contracts with the Gas Research Institute, Columbia Gas Corporation, Terra Tek Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy, totaling more than $1,100,000. He is the inventor of several patented measuring devices, and author of numerous articles in such publications as the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Chemical Education and reports presented to such
organizations as the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Energy Research and Development Administration. He has served as local section chairman of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Schettler, married to Karen Hegsted Schettler, has two children and enjoys backpacking and other outdoor activities.