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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Home is Where Your CER Is: Pursuing CER at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

by Jessica VandenPlas, PhD, Grand Valley State University

When I accepted my first tenure track job teaching at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI), I assumed it would be a temporary stop—a stepping stone to the coveted R1 position for which I had been groomed in graduate school.  This was a path I had seen many of my well-respected senior colleagues in the field of chemistry education research (CER) take, and I assumed my path would be no different.  I graduated at a time when there were still very few post docs in CER, and even fewer R1 institutions willing to hire a newly minted grad student without a proven track record, such as myself.  Most of the chemistry education researchers I saw being successful at R1s at the time had started out at PUIs themselves, building up that track record, before moving into these elusive R1 positions.  My plan was to use my time at a PUI to build a similar track record, and then move on to the position I thought (at the time) I truly wanted.  However, as is the case with many temporary stops, this one has become my home. Some 10 years later, although freshly-graduated-Jessie would have rolled her eyes at this, it is a position I have grown to love, and honestly cannot see myself leaving.

Congratulations the DivCHED members who have been named ACS Fellows in 2018

The Division of Chemical Education is fortunate to the include the following 2018 ACS Fellows in the DivCHED membership:

Gauthier, Carmen V.

Florida Southern College
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for her contributions in the field of metal-organic materials (MOMs), mentoring students involved in undergraduate research, and tireless efforts fostering local, regional and international collaborations.
Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for her leadership in the Florida Local Section as Chair and Councilor, as well as service to SOCED, Membership Affairs, Community Activities, and the Division of Chemical Education.

Howson, Elizabeth M.

Chatham High School
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for innovative and effective teaching strategies, applications of science education technologies, leadership in professional development collaboration, and encouraging and mentoring students in premier state and national science competitions.
Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized as chair of the Committee on Chemical Safety, and leadership in developing, promoting, and implementing chemical safety education guidelines and in advocating for an improved safety culture throughout the chemistry profession.

Karukstis, Kerry Kathleen

Harvey Mudd College
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for her leadership in collaborative research with undergraduates, in externally funded initiatives promoting undergraduate research at the national level, and in strategies advancing women STEM faculty at liberal arts institutions.
Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service as Vice Chair and member of the Committee on Professional Training; Journal of Chemical Education feature editor; contributor to symposia mentoring younger chemists and women STEM faculty.

Kim, Judy E.

University of California at San Diego
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for contributions to biophysical chemistry and spectroscopy, with focus on membrane protein folding and amino acid radicals.
Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to the Division of Physical Chemistry, including the Biophysical Subdivision and Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Awards, and leadership as Vice Chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board.

Munson, Burnaby

University of Delaware
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for initiating fundamental research in ion chemistry and ion molecule reactions, which led to his invention of chemical ionization, a method used to identify molecular structures.
Contribution to the ACS community:  For introducing thousands of University of Delaware students to the ACS through the Student Affiliate section, providing them with opportunities for leadership, community service, and professional development.

Zimmerman, Doris Lucile

Thiel College (Retired)
Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized as a tireless educator in STEM education, encouraging everyone, especially women, to pursue careers in chemistry. As a teacher, she modeled excellence in science to thousands of students.
Contribution to the ACS community:  Doris Zimmerman is a Councilor and a member of C&B, currently serving as Secretary. She has served on the executive committees for POBS and CERM for over 27 years.

DivCHED members who were named ACS Fellows in previous years can be found here.

Symposia Solicitation for ACS National Meeting in Orlando - Spring 2019

Dear DivCHED Members,

As you eagerly await the fireworks on the 4th of July, it is time think about proposing a symposium for the spring ACS national meeting to be held in Orlando on March 31-April 4, 2019. Proposals are solicited for any topic in chemical education, and it would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: "Chemistry for New Frontiers." To submit a symposium, please use the form found at https://goo.gl/forms/5blOXV0IMpCTceaU2. Submissions received by Friday, July 6 at 5 pm will be included to appear in the C&EN “Call For Papers.” Later submissions will be considered; while, you will have missed the deadline for your symposium to be advertised in the C&EN “Call For Papers,” it will still be listed on the ACS website.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your meeting co-chairs Amy Cannon (Amy_Cannon@beyondbenign.org) and Andy Marsh (marsh@lvc.edu). Looking forward to seeing many of you in Orlando next spring!

Amy Cannon and Andy Marsh

DivCHED featured on ACS Technical Division Webpage

As STEM education becomes the focus of many school systems throughout the nation, the teaching of chemistry applications is becoming more important. This is where the Division of Chemical Education (CHED) comes into play. Being one of the sciences, chemistry is vital to our way of life especially as technology inundates our environment. The need for qualified teachers is growing and CHED is stepping up to ensure that the need is met. View our new video and see what we are doing. View Now

2018 DivCHED Officer Election Results

We have concluded the election for the 2018 Division officers. We thank you, our members, for your participation in this effort.

Our newly elected officers for 2018 are:
2018 Chair-elect: Irv Levy
2018-2020 Treasurer: David Licata
2018-2020 Councilor: Roxie Allen
2018-2020 Alternate Councilor: Patrick Daubenmire

The Division wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who ran in the fall election. The candidates were: Scott Donnelly, Irv Levy (Chair-elect), Roxie Allen, Jack Barbera, Patrick Daubenmire, Thomas Pentecost (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), and  William J. "Bill" Donovan, David Licata (Treasurer).

Congratulations again to our new officers! We look forward to your leadership in the new year! 

New Edition of SACL Available

SACL CoverThe ACS Committee on Chemical Safety has recently revised the popular “Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories,” now in the 8th edition. The PDF of this booklet is at www.acs.org/SACL and it can be purchased in hard copy here. A synopsis of the contents and changes from the 7th edition are located on the purchase webpage. 

ACS Division of Chemial Education Travel Awards

Did you know.....

The Division of Chemical Education offers a number of travel awards to its members?

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