Department of Chemistry
A headshot of Daniel Collins

Daniel Collins
Senior Lecturer

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

P: 979-845-3472
daniel.p.collins@tamu.edu

Current Activities

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.

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Dayton (2007)
  • Ph. D., Chemistry, University of South Carolina (2012)

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer – University of South Carolina (2012-2013)
  • Lecturer – Presbyterian College (2013)
  • Teaching Faculty – The Florida State University (2013-2015)

Leadership, Community Outreach, & Departmental Service

  • Faculty Member – Aggie Honor Council (2017-2020)
  • Faculty Member - University Discipline Appeals Panel (2018-2020)
  • Faculty Member - Texas A&M Faculty Senate (2018-2020)
  • Instructor – Hullabaloo U First-Year Experience
  • Appointed Member - College of Science Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Mole Mascot - Texas A&M University Chemistry Open House (2015-2020)
  • Chemistry Roadshow - Volunteer

Publications/Conferences

Invited Seminars, Talks, & Workshops

  • "Increased Teaching Assistant Training and Pedagogy Techniques to Increase Retention and Success of First-Year Students in General Chemistry Courses" Collins, D.; Gordon Research Conference – Chemistry Education Research and Practice (June 2019) – Poster Presenter – Lewis, ME.
  • "The Tape Doesn't Lie": Recording TAs to Increase Teaching Training" Collins, D.; AACU Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference (November 2019) – Facilitated Discussion – Chicago, IL.
  • "Doodle polls and trouble topic videos: Listening to student concerns and the creation of online problem explanations" Collins, D. and Risica, G.; Southwest-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting (November 2019) – Oral Presentation – El Paso, TX
  • "Chemistry reinforcement module: ALEKS summer prep used as an early warning" Collins, D., Bethel, R., and McCartney, S.; Southwest-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting (November 2019) – Oral Presentation – El Paso, TX
  • "Doodle polls and trouble topic videos: Listening to student concerns and the creation of online problem explanations" Collins, D. and Risica, G.; 2020 Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference (April 2020) – Oral Presentation – College Station, TX. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference was cancelled on March 28,, 2020.
  • ""The Tape Doesn't Lie": Recording TAs to Increase Teaching Training" Collins, D.; 2020 Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference (April 2020) – Oral Presentation – College Station, TX. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference was cancelled on March 28, 2020.
  • "Using Technology to Help First-Year Students with Time Management, Campus Transportation, Scheduling and Budgeting" Collins, D.; 2020 Hullabaloo U All Instructor Symposium (May 2020) – Oral Presentation – College Station, TX
  • "Doodle polls and trouble topic videos: Listening to student concerns and the creation of online problem explanations . Collins, D.; Risica, G. 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Abstract accepted March 31, 2020. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education was terminated on April 2, 2020, by the Executive Committee of the Division of Chemical Education, American Chemical Society; and, therefore, this presentation could not be given as intended.
  • Tape doesn't lie: Recording teaching assistants while they are teaching to increase the effectiveness of a professional development program. Collins, D. 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Abstract accepted March 31, 2020. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education was terminated on April 2, 2020, by the Executive Committee of the Division of Chemical Education, American Chemical Society; and, therefore, this presentation could not be given as intended.