Chemical Education Research Committee Report, Fall 2015

The mission of the Chemistry Education Research (CER) Committee is to inform chemical educators, foster scholarship, and encourage improvement of the quality of chemistry education research. To achieve these goals, the committee is involved in a number of endeavors.

  • To promote awareness of chemistry education research and recognize the contributions of undergraduate researchers, the CER committee will collaborate with the YCES Committee to recognize the top three Chemistry Education posters at the Undergraduate Poster Session at each ACS meeting beginning at the Boston ACS  meeting in Fall 2015.
  • ACS Award in Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry.  The CER Committee continues to work to ensure there are sufficient numbers of quality nominations for the award, which requires a minimum of ten nominations per year. The greatest concern is ensuring a steady state of new nominations each year to avoid boom/bust cycles on nominations. Renée Cole from CERC serves as liaison to the ACS Canvassing Committee to work on maintaining the number of nominations for this award. We ask that anyone who is nominating a colleague for this award to send a courtesy e-mail to Renee Cole so the CERC can adequately track the number of candidates nominated for this award.
  • The CER Committee is in the process of taking over the migration and moderation of the CER listserve. The committee is working with Stacey Lowery Bretz and Jon Holmes to duplicate the benefits of the current listserve while providing opportunities for more distributed monitoring and management.
  • The CER Committee maintains website with resources posted on the Division Website, but it needs input from the broader community.  The committee information and approved minutes from past meetings are posted.  There are links to journals, conferences, and other resources. The resource links to some areas may not be complete. All were asked to send feedback to committee about edits and additions that should be made. The committee would like to see this site continue to grow into a good resource for the community.
  • The CERC continues to look for ways to interface with teacher education and research at K-12. Greg Rushton is leading this effort, including a possible interface with the ACS HS Committee.
  • Programming at ACS National Meetings and the BCCEs.

Chemistry Education Research (CER) Symposia at National Meetings
The committee currently has organizers for the CER Committee Symposium on Research in Chemical Education for upcoming meetings through the 2018 BCCE. Members of the CER community who are interested in organizing the CER Symposium at future meetings should contact Renée Cole.

There were a number of CER related symposia at the 249th ACS Spring Meeting in Denver, including two organized by the CER Committee.

  • Jack Barbera and Nathan Grove were the organizers for the CER Committee Symposium on Chemistry Education Research. The symposium had 34 papers spread over four half-day sessions. 
  • Diane Bunce, Sam Pazicni, and Marilyne Stains were the organizers for the CER Committee Symposium on “New and Noteworthy in 2013-2014” – a symposium intended to highlight recent exemplary work in chemistry education research. This half-day session had four papers with extended presentation times to allow speakers to provide more detail on research projects.

Gautam Bhattacharyya and Tom Greenbowe have organized the CER Committee Symposium on Chemistry Education Research for the Boston meeting. There are three half-day sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jeff Raker and Kim Linenberger are organizing the CER Symposium for the 2015 ACS meeting in San Diego.  The system will be open for abstracts soon, so be thinking about what you want to present. In addition to the traditional research symposium sessions, Sam Pazicni, Marilyne Stains, and Melonie Teichert are organizing a session on “New and Noteworthy in 2014-2015” – a session intended to highlight recent exemplary work in chemistry education research. This half-day session will allow speakers to provide more detail on research projects. Papers submitted to this session will have an earlier deadline and will undergo more selective peer review process, as only four or five papers will be accepted.

Current Membership of CCER
There are 13 voting members including the chair.

Renée Cole (chair), University of Iowa
Jack Barbera, Portland State University
Diane Bunce, Catholic University of America
David Cartrette, South Dakota State University
Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University
Tom Greenbowe, University of Oregon
Nathaniel Grove, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Sam Pazicni, University of New Hampshire
Jeff Raker, University of South Florida
Greg Rushton, Stony Brook University
Marilyne Stains, University of Nebraska
Melanie Teichert, US Naval Academy
Jessica Vanden Plas, Grand Valley State University

Renee Cole, Chair (2015)
Submitted 7/12/2015

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