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Dr. Joanne Stewart, Chemistry

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Improving student success in chemistry requires faculty change, but change is hard. The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC) is a community of practice (CoP) that offers teaching resources for inorganic chemistry faculty. We are studying the ways in which CoPs can promote faculty change. IONiC is supporting twenty inorganic chemistry faculty in implementing effective teaching methods into their foundation-level inorganic chemistry courses. In order to better understand how faculty make decisions about teaching, these faculty were interviewed about their teaching beliefs, approaches, and dissatisfactions. The interview data were coded via thematic content analysis and have shown that inorganic chemistry faculty are aware of the benefits of student-centered learning, but time constraints and student evaluations discourage teaching reform.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program under grant No. 1726162.