Message from the Chair, Dawn Del Carlo, Fall 2020

Message from the Chair, Dawn Del Carlo, Fall 2020

Greetings DivCHED Members!

I hope this newsletter finds you all in good health and peace of mind. 

I can honestly say that both personally and professionally, little of the past 6 months was easy.  In that time, we faced tough decisions about the BCCE, National ACS meetings, budgetary issues within the Division from lost National meeting programming revenue and the cancellation of the BCCE, and facing the necessary and difficult conversations about racism, implicit bias, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms, institutions, and society. For me, intellectual growth, self-awareness, and mindfulness have all been critical in working through these (and other) issues and hopefully, making me a better professional, leader, educator, and human. I hope you all have found similar growth and resolve.

One thing that I have become particularly aware and appreciative of over these past months is the fact that, with a few specific exceptions, the entirety of DivCHED leadership and committee positions are filled on a volunteer basis.  This is not a minor undertaking in “normal” circumstances; the fact that this organization has continued making progress on our goals with the budget, programming, diversity and inclusion, and countless other initiatives during a global pandemic and national social unrest should not be discounted nor taken for granted.  If you are involved in any of these achievements, on behalf of the Division, I sincerely thank you for your service and leadership. 

Not surprisingly, and on a more positive note, our experiences in shifting lived experiences to a virtual space has also allowed us to get creative with how we approach business meetings and social events that normally would have taken place in person at the Fall National meeting. The schedule of DivCHED events, committee meetings, and registration can be found here. Although many of the meetings and the social are open, there is a short registration process required. Registration for meetings is due no later than Thursday, Aug 13th (sooner for the CER meeting) to allow sufficient time to send the appropriate information to registrants. The virtual meeting format is a great opportunity for members to attend and get involved who might not have been able to otherwise; I encourage you to check out the schedule! 

The Division Business meeting and Social will be held via Zoom on Sunday, Aug 16th, 4-5:30 pm PDT (note the shift in time to accommodate multiple timezones). Division announcements, awards, and recognitions will occur in the first 30 min or so after which, attendees are welcome to hang out in the main Zoom room and chat OR request to be assigned to one of several “Birds of a feather” breakout rooms.  Suggestions for birds of a feather topics will be solicited during registration process.  To provide me enough time to set up the rooms, please register and suggest your topic no later than Saturday, Aug 15th. You can still register and attend the social up though its completion and I am sure there will be several breakout room topics of interest. So grab your favorite food and beverage and join us for the first ever (that I know of) virtual DivCHED Social!

Additionally, in case you haven’t noticed the NEW website is now up and running! If you have not yet seen it, definitely check it out here. Thanks to Heather Johnson, Jon Holmes, and all the committees and individuals who contributed info and feedback.

Finally, while my preference would have been to meet you all in person in San Francisco (both because I really like that city AND because I miss seeing everyone), I am equally excited to see new faces at our meetings since the virtual space makes them that much more accessible to members.  Despite the current state of the world, I am still optimistic for the future and grateful to be weathering the storm with as many wonderful colleagues and humans as I am. Peace and grace to you all.


ACS Spring 2022 National Meeting vaccination requirement

Dear DivCHED Colleagues,

This is just an early heads up. At a recent meeting of Program Chairs across all divisions of ACS, information was shared that in-person attendees at the Spring 2022 will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have submitted to present at the Spring 2022 and this information changes your status (from in-person to virtual or withdrawal altogether), please let us know as soon as possible. We still  have time to make programmatic adjustments until December 13, 2021. You certainly may change your mind after that time, but we may not be able to guarantee a spot moving from in-person to virtual. Withdraws can happen more easily after that time, but may leave holes within the symposia which would be nice to avoid.  If you have any questions, please let us know.  We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely, Jessica VandenPlas (
Ryan Sweeder  (
Patrick Daubenmire (
CHED Program Spring 2022 meeting co-chairs

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Spring 2022 ACS National Meeting - Call for Symposia

Dear CHED Colleagues,

A Happy November to all! Even though we are still planning and preparing the CHED technical program for Spring 2022, the call for symposia is out for Fall 2022. If you would like to submit a symposium idea, please send the following information to Patrick Daubenmire ( title, abstract, type (oral or poster), submission type (invited only, contributed, or both), organizers, and organizer contact information. The deadline for being included in the C&EN announcement is Dec. 6. We can still accept submissions after that date, the session, though, would not make the advertisement.

If you have any questions or need for clarification, please also contact Patrick.



Pamela Clevenger

Pamela Clevenger

Pamela Clevenger

Chemistry Department Faculty Member
University of South Alabama
Four-Year University

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as a Councilor for the Division.   My experiences teaching at the high school, two-year college and university level provide a unique perspective to participate in discussions that will promote chemical education at all levels of academia.

I received a B.S. in Chemistry/Physics Education and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University as well as a M.C.S. with a major in chemistry from Mississippi College.

Previously I have held leadership positions within ACS as national chair of the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2013) and the Mississippi ACS Local Section National Chemistry Week Coordinator (2010-2013).  I am the Mobile ACS Local Section Chair-Elect (2021) and a faculty co-advisor for the ACS student chapter on campus.

I have also served as a member of working groups and activities sponsored by DivCHED and SOCED that address interests of the first two years of undergraduate education and the role that the general chemistry curriculum plays in college readiness and transfer. I served as a member of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs Committee (2015) and the original task force that developed the 2YC Self-Study Review (2010-2015). I have assisted in planning national conferences for 2YC3 in 2009 and 2013, and BCCE in 2018. Currently I serve on the ACS Exams Conceptual Exam Committee.

Currently I work closely with the Innovations in Learning Center, ILC, at the University of South Alabama to develop and assess student-learning outcomes in the general chemistry curriculum and to provide undergraduate students opportunities to participate in chemical education research.

Amiee L Modic

Amiee L Modic

Amiee Modic

Chemistry Teacher – High School
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart - Houston
Independent School

After teaching chemistry, at varying levels, for more than 37 years, first in public school and now in an all-girls independent school, chemical education is still my passion. Throughout my career, in addition to teaching, I have been actively involved in presenting to, and working with, other chemistry teachers through state and national organizations. As a past president of and current newsletter editor for the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2), and two term DivCHED/AACT liaison and southwest regional ambassador of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers I have a good perspective on the needs of pre-college chemistry educators.

In addition to my experiences with ACT2 and AACT I have been active in my local ACS section by presenting workshops, serving on Education and Outreach committees (including NCW and CCEW), and promoting chemical education opportunities in my section and region. At the national level I was privileged to be the USNCO High School Mentor from 2012-2014, have presented and been a committee member at BCCE, and in 2019 I was honored as an ACS Fellow for my work in chemical education. Most recently, I have been involved with the HACH Chemistry Teacher program, as a mentor and was selected as the AACT High School Teacher of the Year for 2021. I have found my opportunities to work with members of the Division to be gratifying from a professional perspective and I would love to spend more time building relationships and lines of communication between pre-college and collegiate members. My collective and varied roles related to chemical education speak directly to the goals of the Division, and I will do my best to communicate and support the interests and efforts of all those involved with DivCHED and advocate for the needs of its members.

Sally Mitchell

Sally Mitchell

Sally Mitchell

Chemistry Teacher – High School
Rye High School

It is an honor to be considered to continue my service to the Division of Chemical Education as your Councilor/Alternate Councilor.  I received a B.S. in Chemistry at Syracuse University in 1982 and an M.S. in Chemistry Education in 1983.  I am a chemistry teacher at Rye High School, Rye NY and a STEM Master Teacher Emeritus in NYS. I was awarded the James Bryant Conant Award National Award in 2009 for excellence in high school teaching of chemistry.

I am currently serving as a councilor for the division and I am member of the Pre-College Committee.  I have served on the Division’s Program Committee as the High School Chemistry Teacher Day program chair for Boston 2010, Denver 2015, Boston 2015, San Diego 2016, Philadelphia 2016, San Francisco 2017 and Washington 2017.  I am also a member of the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols working on materials for K-16 chemical education.   

My strength is working with K-12 chemistry teacher programs bringing all levels of chemical education together and disseminating information. I served on the governance board of AACT and continue to help AACT members as the NYS liaison. I moved to Rye, NY in 2016 teaching high school chemistry and I am involved New York Section serving as the Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator.  I have a science coach from Cornell University specializing in food chemistry and I have a very active ACS ChemClub at Rye High School.

From my past experiences serving as your councilor in the division, I understand the importance of this position by making decisions affecting chemical education and bringing issues to the Council for consideration. I hope that I am given the opportunity to serve again as your Councilor/Alternate Councilor.

Laura J. Anna

Laura J. Anna

Dr. Laura Anna

Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair
Montgomery College (MD)
Two-year college

My experience and service contributions to the ACS Division of Chemical Education provide me with a strong background to continue to serve as a Councilor for the Division.  In my first term as an Alternate Councilor, I have had the opportunity to participate in DivCHED Executive Committee meetings and attend ACS Council meetings that inform and strengthen my knowledge of our Division and the broader ACS organization. My contributions to the Division include serving and co-chairing the DivCHED Committee on Personnel and Nominations and I have been a member of two ACS Examinations committees.  I regularly participate at ACS national meetings and have organized the CHED symposium “Strategies Promoting Success of Two-year College Students” since 2014 and was a co-organizer for the symposium “NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum.”  I have also enjoyed collaborating with colleagues to organize symposia at BCCE focused on student success in introductory chemistry and successful two-year and four-year college partnerships.

In my current role as Department Chair at Montgomery College, the largest two-year college in Maryland with the most diverse student population in the contiguous United States, I am fortunate to advocate for and guide students as they navigate through their introductory chemistry courses on their path towards STEM degrees and careers. Prior to my position at Montgomery College, I spent 14 years teaching organic chemistry at a four-year primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), giving me a broad perspective of faculty issues and student challenges at different types of institutions.  Thank you for your consideration and for the opportunity to continue to serve the Division of Chemical Education as a voice for chemical educators and students in our two-year college communities.

Stephanie Ryan

Stephanie Ryan

Dr. Stephanie Ryan

Owner and CEO
Ryan Education Consulting LLC

I believe that I am qualified for the position of Councilor because I have been an active participant in many areas of ACS throughout my career. Past roles have required presentation to the Executive Committee, and I am comfortable voting on issues that affect the Division on behalf of the Division. I look forward to taking on more responsibility within the Division. I earned a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from UIC, and a B.S in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College. I am the owner and CEO of Ryan Education Consulting LLC, an education consulting practice specializing in developing standardized assessments and curricular materials in STEM and ELA. My clients include multiple, large, nationally known publishers and assessment providers. I specialize in creating unique and custom contexts aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for formative and summative assessments to inform instructors of student misconceptions. Before that, I worked at the American Institutes for Research, where I developed, delivered, and managed science education assessment materials. I am active in the Chemistry Education community as a past member of the Chemistry Education Research (CER) committee as the moderator of the listserv, and I currently serve on the International Activities Committee. In the past, I was chair and then co-chair of the Younger Chemistry Education Scholars Committee. Under my leadership, our committee collaborated with many other Division committees resulting in a Division Student Poster Award, graduate student tracks for the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), and co-hosted symposia. I am also active within the American Chemical Society as co-author of the Chemistry in Context Laboratory Manual and a frequent presenter of related webinars during the pandemic. I am also a collaborator on the Get the Facts Out project, which is a collaboration between the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), American Physical Society (APS), Colorado School of Mines, and ACS. I currently serve on the GC20S Committee for the ACS Exams Institute. I am personally passionate about equity in STEM and believe that science is for everyone. Part of my work encourages parents to teach STEM to their young children, and I frequently create content to teach pre-K-12 students, their families, and the public about science.

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis

Dr. Jennifer Lewis

University of South Florida
Doctoral-granting, public research university (R1)

I am a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida (a doctoral-granting, public research university).  My research involves organizational change and measurement in chemistry education and generally seeking to improve the quality of data to support decision-making.  I received my undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and my doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University, both in chemistry, and a graduate certificate in evaluation from the University of South Florida.  I have been a department chair, associate chair, graduate director, and undergraduate coordinator.

I am an ACS Fellow and have significant experience with different aspects of the Division, having served on multiple Divisional committees, including as chair of the New Member Committee and the Committee on Personnel and Nominations. I have served on two Examinations committees and I publish regularly in the Journal of Chemical Education.  Currently, I am a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal. With respect to national meetings, I have experience serving as a program chair and with organizing symposia. Beyond the Division, I have served as chair of my local section as well as for a national ACS award committee. I also gained professional service experience at the National Science Foundation, where I worked on multiple programs, including as the Division of Undergraduate Education’s lead for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions Program.  This position involved overseeing the program budget and coordinating a diverse team of program staff.  I am committed to equity and would bring this mindset to the role of Chair-Elect.  At this time of changing norms for the ACS as an organization, I would value the opportunity to shepherd the Division to create improved access to resources and activities for our multiple and diverse communities of colleagues.