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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CHED response to the Connelly Essay

Tom Connelly (ACS Executive Director and CEO) posed several questions about safety culture in an ACS Comment in C&ENews in the June 27, 2016 issue.   In September, Rod Bennett (DAC Chair), invited all ACS Technical Divisions to submit responses to these questions.   Cathy Middlecamp forward the request to the CHED Safety Committee.   A sub-group of the Safety Committee crafted a response which was subsequently modified a bit and endorsed by the CHED Executive Committee.  The response is posted here and will more permanently be linked at the Safety Committee website.

ACS DivCHED International Award Application Deadline Nov. 30, 2016

The Division of Chemical Education funds a Travel Award each year in support of a division member who presents and fully participates in an international chemical education conference held outside the U. S. The awardee will have the responsibility to communicate information and insights gained at the conference to the membership through available CHED publications and by postings on the DivCHED Web site (http://www.divched.org).

Questions as well as completed applications can be sent electronically on or before November 30, 2016 the current co-chairs of CHED International Activities Committee, Butch Atwood, chatwood@chem.utah.edu or Resa Kelly, resa.kelly@sjsu.edu.

Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations

Download your copy of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrati


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).

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