Institution/Department/Title: Kennesaw State University / Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry / Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Degrees & Institutions:
-Ph.D. Chemistry – University of Connecticut
-M.S. Chemistry – University of Connecticut
-B.S. Adolescent Education in Biology – State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland
-B.S. Chemistry – State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland
Education Career & Background:
Kennesaw State University / Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry / Assistant Professor of Chemistry
I was drawn to education very early on as I played school in my basement teaching my dolls all that I thought was important. Since these early days I have set off on a path of pursuing a career in education. It was during middle school and my involvement in Science Olympiad that really turned me on to science. Progressing into high school and realizing the effect that my science teachers had on me soon made me realize that I wanted to pursue this career path. My college experience put this into question as I dabbled in organic chemistry research. At this point I began to question what I truly wanted to do until I learned about chemical education research. This combined all the things that had sparked an interest for me growing up: education, chemistry, and research. I found the perfect blend.
Currently, as a faculty member at Kennesaw I have the pleasure of teaching general chemistry and working with preservice teachers in both the undergraduate and MAT programs. I am also actively involved in research investigating not only teacher leadership as it relates to this project, but also the use of modeling in the high school chemistry classroom, effects of a target learning community for general chemistry on student success, and the development of language among organic chemistry students.
Description of role(s) on the project:
I oversee the professional development and research for the I-IMPACT Teaching Fellows. Current research focuses on how self-efficacy towards reform-based practices in the classroom is effected by ones leadership style.
What drew you to the Noyce Project? What do you hope to gain from your involvement?
I was drawn to this project since I felt that my beliefs regarding educations strongly aligned with the initiatives laid out by this program. I also felt that there was a lot to learn from the current leadership regarding recruitment of individuals to pursue a career in chemistry or physics education. At the time when I joined I was in the process of developing a plan to recruit undergraduates to chemistry and physics education. However, since this time I realized the plethora of other skills and ideas that could be learned from this program. Digging into the education leadership literature has allowed me to develop effective professional development activities for the teaching fellows in this program. I believe that as I plan and enact activities for the TFs I have also learned a lot about myself as a leader and a partner is professionalizing chemistry education.