Looking for interest in a Spring ACS symposium on moving from scholarly teaching to chemistry education research


Dear CER Colleagues,

The CHED Programming committee discussed the value of offering a symposium at the Spring ACS meeting that would focus on helping colleagues who would be interested in moving from scholarly teaching toward engaging with the chemistry education research community. This could also be a place for some of us in the CER area to also pick up new knowledge/skills in a way that is a bit different from just listening to research talks. In the past, such sessions have certainly happened at the BCCE, but we thought it would be worth exploring this as an ACS offering as well.

However, to help make this happen, we would need to have the engagement of several members of our community. This email is designed to see if there is such interest in the community. Likely we would need someone willing to organize the symposium and several presenters. The Program Chairs have put together a potential title and abstract to give a sense of our thoughts (below).

If you would be interested in either organizing or presenting at such a symposium, please reach out to the Spring 2023 ACS Programming chairs, Ryan Sweeder (sweeder@msu.edu), Troy Alivio (theodore.alivio@nicholls.edu), and Patrick Daubenmire (pdauben@luc.edu).

Thanks for your consideration,
Ryan, Troy, and Patrick

Title: Moving from scholarly practice to chemistry education research

Those teaching chemistry often bring passion and innovation to their classrooms. Iterations of teaching a course and exchanging ideas with colleagues and fellow instructors can lead to development of activities and projects used to support students' learning. But what does it take to move from using research-informed teaching practices to designing projects with a research-based approach that can lead to greater impact in the chemical education community? This session will explore foundational ideas for those wishing to gain a better handle on how to engage with chemical education research. Significant time will be provided for audience questions for the speakers.

A few potential ideas for talks and discussion time:

* Project design (planning, IRB do's and don'ts)
* Developing research questions
* Theoretical frameworks. What are they are why should I care?
* Running studies at multiple institutions (why this is important and/or how to build collaborations)
* Not reinventing the wheel (CHIRAL as a resource for existing instruments)
* Expected standards in common statistical analysis (moving beyond p<.05 effect="" sizes="" etc.=""> * Importance of looking for equity in innovations

Dr. Ryan Sweeder (he/him)
Lyman Briggs College Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
Professor of Chemistry
Lyman Briggs College and the Office of the Provost
Michigan State University

Web: http://sweeder.msu.domains/
Phone: (517)432-0884