I am in my sixth year teaching at Texas A&M University after teaching at the University of South Carolina and Florida State. My teaching responsibilities include CHEM 119/120 General Chemistry I and II, CHEM 107 Chemistry for Engineers course, and CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I. These courses are the foundation of our undergraduate studies, numerous majors and pre-professional programs. I enjoy helping students transition through these core courses and into the intended areas of study.
During my time teaching these courses, I have helped institute various assistance tools to help the students of the First-Year Program (FYP). The Chemistry Reinforcement Module was a pre-course activity aimed at incoming students to solidify information from high school chemistry and give them a foundation for their first semester course. This was accomplished using online videos created in collaboration with other Texas A&M FYP faculty and helped cover basic general chemistry topics. The FYP Recitation Program helped the first-year student with difficult topics in a small-class setting for a more one-on-one approach. For this program, increased Teaching Assistant Training (funded by the Office of the Provost EDGE Grant) was aimed at giving the teaching assistants the necessary guidance and observation for them to be successful in their teaching and research presentations. This was accomplished using filmed teaching sessions in the First-Year Program laboratories and pedagogy discussions.
My current chemical education research activities include the use of adaptive homework and assignments (ALEKS) to aid students’ understand and retention of material, the use of “Trouble Topic Videos” for students to remediate and reinforce sticking points throughout the semester, and the results from increased teaching assistant training and observation on not only the undergraduate students, but the teaching assistants as well.
I am a faculty member for the College of Science to the Aggie Honor Council for the past 3 years, the University Discipline Appeals Panel for the past 2 years, and the University Academic Appeals Panel for the past academic year. These panels help university community by overseeing the academic behavior, standards and regulations, and student conduct and Title IX regulations at Texas A&M. I was also a Faculty Senator from 2018-2019, and a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member from 2019-2020. The Faculty Senate is charged with helping promote shared governance between the administration and faculty at Texas A&M on various academic and professional issues.
One passion is service to the department, college, and university. I have been instrumental in the implementation of the Hullabaloo U First Year Experience courses for Texas A&M and the Department of Chemistry. This program helps with the retention of first-year students by giving them tips on study skills and time management, building community within their major, and helps discuss the possible issues and concerns of a new undergraduate student. I am also a member of the College of Science Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, which is charged with helping important programs such as APT promotion, tenure, and mentoring.
Outreach to the science community is another area of service, and I have been a Question Reader and Science Judge for the Department of Energy Junior and High School Science Bowls, hosted by the College of Science, since 2016. I also enjoy being a judge for the Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and Texas Junior Academy of Science, which gives local high school students the opportunity to present their research projects to A&M faculty and graduate students. My other areas of scientific outreach is helping Dr. Jim Pennington with the Chemistry Roadshow and I have been the Department of Chemistry Mole Mascot since 2015.
Outside of my work with the Department of Chemistry, I am an avid sports fan (GO CUBS!), runner, book reader, youth sports and PGA Tour volunteer.