Associate Teaching Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Thomas Bussey is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Biochemistry and Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, and was selected as a charter member of the Las Vegas Valley Corps of Teach For America. From 2004-2009, he taught high school science at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and received the Distinguished Educator Award in 2009 from the Educational Services Division of the Clark County School District. During this time, he completed a Masters in Education in Secondary Science with an Emphasis in Technology in 2006. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a research focus in Chemical Education in 2013 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Bussey’s research explores students’ understandings of non-experiential, abstract, and/or emergent scientific phenomena and practices. Current projects focus on students’ biochemical intuition as influenced by external representations and alignment of laboratory practice, curriculum, and assessment of chemical concepts and the nature of science.