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Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt
Assistant Instructional Professor
Ph. D., Chemical Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Contact Information:
Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

Phone: (979) 845-3256
Fax: (979) 845-4719

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My activities include teaching in the First Year Chemistry Program, being the Associate Director for the program and the master administrator of Calibrated Peer Review, an on-line writing/peer assessing tool. I also am a member of the TAMU Chemistry Road Show, which carries the excitement of Chemistry to local and regional schools from grade 3 through 12.

I have been teaching in the First Year Chemistry Program since 1984. Even though I have worked at other professions (senior scientist, laboratory supervisor and assistant research scientist), teaching has always been the most personally rewarding.

Additional engagement experiences include being (1) coordinator of the award-winning ACS Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery since 2000, (2) chemistry coordinator for the Texas State Olympiad since 2002 and (3) coordinator of the Physical Science program of the Youth Adventure Program (YAP) on campus.

My teaching philosophy is straightforward: teach your students as you would want to be taught - with enthusiasm, and with a passion for the subject combined with respect and understanding for the student. My aim for each of the 25 years I've taught First Year Chemistry is to give each student every opportunity to do her or his best in learning chemistry despite the large classroom settings (200-300 students). Chemistry is a subject that I have studied, practiced, taught and enjoyed over the last 40+ years. Effective teaching involves time, dedication, patience, understanding, firmness, and a sense of humor. True learning incorporates active participation by the student, inside as well as outside the classroom. To that end, I have tried to provide a student-centered classroom.

I am also involved in doing mixed method chemical education research and my future plans include investigating the virtual world of Second Life to teach chemistry.

Selected Publications

W.L. Keeney-Kennicutt (2009). Solutions Manual to accompany "General Chemistry, ninth edition," and "General Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis, ninth edition" by Whitten, Davis, Peck and Stanley.

W.L. Keeney-Kennicutt, A. Baris Gunersel and N. Simpson (2008) "Overcoming Student Resistance to a Teaching Innovation" International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2, 1, 1-26.

W.L. Keeney-Kennicutt, S. Balfour, C. Pryor and B. Pryor (2007). Quality Enhancement Plan, "Enhancing the Teaching Assistant/Undergraduate Student Experience in the First Year Chemistry Program".

Recent Presentations

"Chemistry in SL – Enhancement of Spatial Abilities and Chemistry Concept Learning using Second Life." ARVEL-SIG, TAMU SL island, 3/9/11

"Chemistry in Second Life" SLActions 2010 Research Conference in the Second Life World, Houston Local Section, 11/19/10

"Question... How do you get student buy-in to a "wonderful" (to you) teaching innovation??," 2nd annual SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Commons Conference, University of Southern Georgia, Statesboro, GA, 3/13/09

"Can writing using Calibrated Peer Review be effective as optional assignments?" Bienniel Conference on Chemical Education, Indiana University-Bloomington, 7/29/08.

"Overcoming student resistance to writing with CPRTM," by Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, A. Baris Gunersel, and Nancy Simpson , 234th American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, August 22, 2007.

"Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery at Texas A&M University," 234th American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, August 20, 2007.

"Assessment of the effect of international TAs on student attitude and learning in a first year chemistry laboratory program," 234th American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, August 21, 2007.

"Calibrated Peer Review at TAMU," Bienniel Conference on Chemical Education, Purdue University, August 1, 2006.

Presenter - TAMU Chemistry Road Show presentations: 72 shows, 12200 persons, 1995-present

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