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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Introduction to Theoretical Frameworks for Research in Chemistry/Science Education

Discipline-based educational research often builds upon three elements: a theoretical perspective or “lens;” a methodology or methodological framework; and a set of explicit research questions the

Congratulations to the 2019 Elected Officers of the Division of Chemical Education

Congratulations to the following elected officers of the Division as they begin their roles on the Executive Committee.

Chair-Elect: Dawn Del Carlo (winner)

Anna Wilson, 2018 DivCHED Outstanding Service Award

It is my distinct honor to draw attention to the recipient of the Division of Chemical Education’s Outstanding Service Award, our beloved Anna Wilson. 

In her nomination, it was suggested that this is the “Year For Anna”. And why?

She has completed her years of service as our Treasurer.  It also is a year when Anna is continuing her work with the Division by agreeing to stay on as a regular member of the Finance Committee. Thus, for many reasons it would be a perfect time to wrap our arms around Anna, recall her many accomplishments, and convey our appreciation for her years of service.

The composition of these comments was difficult, not because it is difficult to honor Anna – far from it!- but because, normally , when we need to compile information about our distinguished service recipients , Anna is the go-to for the institutional memory that we need. So I apologize at the outset for any omissions we might have here.

Anna has been a member of the division since 1975—let that sink in — 1975, the President was named Ford and the top music of the day was The Bee Gees “Jive Talkin” and the Captain and Tenille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Over the years Anna  has performed a number of different leadership roles: Many of you know her as the Treasurer of the Division from 2000 until this past year but you might not recall that Anna was program chair for the 1998 BCCE in Ontario, Canada and later served a four year term as the Program Chair for the Division. 


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.

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

ACS Division of Chemial Education Travel Awards

Did you know.....

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

What Chemists Do - Mary Beth Mulcahy, Ph.D, investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board

DivCHED member Mary Beth Mulcahy, Ph.D, is feature in the ACS What Chemists Do video series. Dr. Mulcahy is an investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Listen as Mulcahy shares her experience working at the CSB and what it takes for young professionals to be an investigator.

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