DivCHED serves as a means of focusing and enhancing the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.
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-Chemical Education News & Announcements-

Welcome to the ACS Division of Chemical Education website. Here you can keep up-to-date with activities, news, and opportunities in chemical education. Do you have something interesting you'd like to share with the Division?
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Deadline for 2017 DivCHED Travel Award is September 15, 2016

The Division of Chemical Education is now accepting online applications for the 2017 DivCHED Travel Award. This service grants financial support to members for travel to meetings. Up to 12 members will receive the award this year. The DivCHED Travel Award provides up to 80% of travel expenses for one meeting with a limit of $1,000 for the Spring 2017 National ACS Meeting in San Franscisco. To be considered for this award, you must be in at least your third year as a member of the Division of Chemical Education at the time of application.

Applications requested for General Chemistry Performance Expectations workshop

The Education Division at ACS is planning a workshop on General Chemistry Performance Expectations for September 16-18. Applications, as described in the linked document, are invited for teams of two or three college faculty from an institution that is involved in teaching general chemistry. The deadline for priority consideration is August 15.


UW Chemistry Department invites you to apply to join us in our efforts to improve student performance in our introductory courses. Our work, supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant in collaboration with Scott Freeman, UW Biology, is focused on educational strategies to reduce the performance gap for under-represented minority students. Targeted courses are our prep-chem course and the courses in our engineering and science majors general chemistry sequence. We are investigating the impact of group testing, interventions to improve math skills, demonstrations as inquiry exercises, and implementation of effective use of clickers.

Congratulations to the DivCHED members who have been recognized as 2016 ACS Fellows

The American Chemical Society has named the following DivCHED members as ACS Fellows for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. The new fellows will be feted at the society’s fall national meeting in Philadelphia later this month.


Mary K. Carroll, Union College
Micheal W. Fultz, West Virginia State University
Scott R. Goode, University of South Carolina
Thomas B. Higgins, Harold Washington College
Judith Iriarte-Gross, Middle Tennessee State University
Barbara A. Reisner, James Madison University
Joan M. Sabourin, Delta College (Emeritus)
Ellen J. Yezierski, Miami University

A full list of DivCHED members who have been named ACS Fellows 2009-2015 can be found here.

Need a job? 7 Steps to Consider During the Process

by David Wren and Sonia Underwood 

Congratulations! You worked hard and finished your degree and are now ready to put all your dedication and hard work to practice. In other words, you need to get a job. A real one. Scanning through pages of ambiguous job postings, you are not sure what jobs entail, what are the qualifications (what does “or related field” really mean, anyway?), and how to filter those for which you can be competitive. Added to the fish-out-of-water feeling, you may have other restrictions of location or coordinating a job hunt with a significant other (see “Navigating the Two-Body Problem”). Applying for jobs can be daunting, especially when you are in the middle of finishing up your Ph.D. program, post-doctoral fellowship, or teaching 5 classes a semester. Your application writing will most likely not happen in a nice coffee shop during the morning, but at night, while your friends/significant other are laughing at the new season of Orange is the New Black. But there is good news! Actually, two very good bits of news for you. Good news bit one: your degree sets you apart from most applicants, which is HUGE in the screening process. The second bit of good news is there is a process that can maximize your success in your job hunt (see below).

DivCHED Call for Symposia - Spring 2017 San Francisco

Greetings from the Program Committee of the Division of Chemical Education!

Even though we hope you are getting ready to come join us for the Philly meeting in August, we are also working behind the scenes, gearing up for the Spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco.

This note is to solicit your suggested symposia - something that you might like to organize for this meeting. Proposals are solicited for any chemical education-related topic. It would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems and Processes. 

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