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.

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.

SEH DOCTORATES IN THE WORKFORCE, 1993-2013

In today’s economy, knowledge is key. Advanced education provides individuals with access to many opportunities for meaningful and impactful careers, and benefits employers who rely on new and better ideas to innovate and compete. Given the importance of these individuals to our economy, it is vital to understand their employment characteristics. Using this interactive infographic, explore the diverse pathways traveled by science, engineering, and health (SEH) doctorates as they progress through their careers.

Maximizing Your Conference Experience

By David Wren

Conferences are many things to many people. They can be both exciting and stressful, a lot of work and a lot of fun. Conferences can be expensive, when registration, travel, food and lodging are all factored in. So how do you maximize your conference experience? We (Younger Chemistry Education Scholars) asked 22 experienced conference-goers for their tips on how to get the most out of a conference. We are excited to share with you the results of this informal survey and hope you find their sage advice beneficial! So, before heading to your first or next conference, here are some pro-tips on getting the most out of your time at a conference.

CHED deadline for abstract submission for the ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C.

Hello CHED Folks and Friends!

This is a reminder that the CHED deadline for abstract submission for the ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C. is Monday, March 27, 2017.

The reasons the CHED abstract submission deadline is earlier than other divisions (April 10 for some) is:

1) the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco is April 2-6 with governance meetings 3-4 days beforehand, and few people remember to submit abstracts during the meeting;
2) the deadlines for program workup and completion fixed by ACS after the meeting are really tight; and,
3) the CHED program is often the largest and needs more time to prepare

Please get your abstracts submitted as soon as possible. We understand the difficulties behind the convergence of the Spring ACS meeting calendar with the Fall ACS meeting program deadlines, and we’ll work with folks as best we can. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Please don’t hesitate to contact Washington D.C. chairs Denyce Wicht (dwicht@suffolk.edu), Beatriz Rios-Mckee (beatriz.rios-mckee@nokia.com), or me (miller_t1@heritage.edu) if you have any questions.

Cheers!
Denyce, Beatriz, and Tyson
ACS CHED Program Chairs for Washington DC Fall 2017

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