Scott Donnelly

An ACS member for 23 years I am honored to be a candidate for the Division of Chemical Education Chair-Elect office. A long-time participant in the chemistry education community, I recently served as Chair of the ACS 2YC3 (Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium) organization and now serve as the Future Conference Coordinator. In addition, I served on the ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED) Task Force on Two-Year College Activities.

For over two decades I have preached with missionary zeal the “gospel” of chemistry at Arizona Western College, a two-year (community) college in rural southwest Arizona. A practitioner of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, my experience stresses the need for constant modifications, experimentation. Any teaching method, even the highly criticized lecture approach, when done properly and well, will be, for most motivated students, effective in accomplishing its intended outcomes. The past three years I have received an AWC Excellence in Assessment medallion for assessment of student learning in organic chemistry.

The Chair-Elect must work with different people from different backgrounds. I have served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions which required communicating with people with a broad range of interests. As Lead Science Faculty, I was an advocate for science faculty about issues germane to curriculum and departmental budgets. As faculty senate vice president, I worked with all faculty and the college president on issues specific to faculty and to the college’s general welfare. As Director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness, I assisted in assessment of courses and student learning outcomes, oversaw faculty professional development, developed an orientation program for new faculty, revised the Faculty Mentor-Mentee program, and helped implement the Faculty Course Appraisal/Evaluation software system.

Beyond my professional work, I am an avid woodworker, an outdoor enthusiast, a lover of maps, and Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop.

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