Chemical Education Research Committee Report, Spring 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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Tools of Chemistry Education Research symposium series book, edited by Diane Bunce and Renée Cole, has been published and is available at the Denver meeting.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Programming at ACS National Meetings and the BCCEs.

Chemistry Education Research (CER) Symposia at National Meetings

Jennifer Lewis and Marilyne Stains were the organizers for CER Committee Symposium on Chemistry Education Research at the 248th ACS Fall Meeting in San Francisco, which had seven papers in a half-day session. The committee currently has organizers for the CER Committee Symposium on Research in Chemical Education for upcoming meetings through the 2016 Spring ACS Meeting. Members of the CER community who are interested in organizing the CER Symposium at future meetings should contact Renée Cole.

There are 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 are the organizers for the CER Committee Symposium on Chemistry Education Research. The symposium has 34 papers spread over four half-day sessions.
  • Diane Bunce, Sam Pazicni, and Marilyne Stains are 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 has four papers with extended presentation times to allow speakers to provide more detail on research projects.

In addition to promoting chemistry education research, the CER community is also committed to using the results of chemistry education research to improve instruction. Melanie Cooper and Teresa Larson organized a full-day symposium for the 248th ACS Fall Meeting with 12 papers focused on applying chemistry education research to practice. This joint symposium was designed to allow chemistry education researchers to share their results with practicing chemists (professors who teach these topics) and practicing chemists to share their best practices in the classroom with their chemistry and chemistry education research colleagues.

Current Membership of CCER
There are 13 voting members including the chair.
Renee Cole (chair), University of Iowa
Jack Barbera, University of Northern Colorado
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, Kennesaw State University
Marilyne Stains, University of Nebraska
Melanie Teichert, US Naval Academy
Jessica Vanden Plas, Grand Valley State University

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