Research Themes

Chemistry Learning and Instructional Practices

We apply a knowledge-in-pieces perspective to investigate students ideas about a number of chemistry concepts, including chemical bonding, light-matter interactions, and molecular symmetry. We also study course/curriculum design principles and instructional practices, such as multidimensional learning and systems thinking.

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Funding History

  • Collaborative research: Exploring connections between instructional practice and student learning in inorganic chemistry learning environments (NSF, current)
  • Characterizing student strategies when using molecular symmetry (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, completed)

Representative Publications

Equity and Inclusion in Chemistry Professional Training

We are interested in exploring the chemistry career ecosystem from Critical perspectives. We evaluate career and professional development opportunities and pursue asset-based frameworks and models for doing so. We also apply social cognitive career theory to explore the career choice goals of trainees from minoritized populations in various contexts.

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Funding History

Representative Publications