My approach toward teaching begins with stimulating independent critical thinking. From my over 20 years teaching chemistry, I have seen how each student has a unique learning process. Regardless of a student’s inherent abilities, all benefit from encouragement of their critical thinking. I aspire to extend each student’s confidence in his/her own ability to think critically about abstract problems. I encourage students to be bold rather than fearful in their approach to difficult questions. I further the advancement of problem solving skills by demonstrating how to think about a problem and walking through the steps required to reach the answer. In serving as a personal learning example, a teacher must be knowledgeable, skilled, and humble.
General Chemistry I
Taught as needed
General Chemistry II
Taught as needed
Fall semesters, annually
Spring semesters, odd years
Spring semesters, even years
General Chemistry for Engineers
Fall and spring semesters, annually
The following websites are recommended resources for undergraduate and graduate chemistry classes
Scientific communication for the 21st century
Dr. Jones often includes a creative semester-long infographic project in her undergraduate chemistry courses. Once upon a chemist was an infographic assignment first used in Spring 2019. At the beginning of the semester, students selected a chemist from a provided list and created a visual story about his/her contribution to chemistry. The Periodic Table Project was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the periodic table in 2019. A little bit of history, a little bit graphic design, this assignment aimed to help students learn that chemists are real people who have amazing ideas.