1991 was the year I decided to become an organic chemist. It took one course- Dr. David Sneddon's "Introduction to Organic Chemistry" at the University College of Cape Breton- to convince me.
I completed a BSc in Chemistry at Acadia University (1994), an MSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Waterloo (1997) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Queen’s University (2001).
Prior to joining Laurier in 2003, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
The main focus of my research is chemistry education. I enjoy exploring new teaching methods, particularly blended learning, and new methods for evaluating student learning in organic chemistry. I am also interested in metacognition and self-regulated learning and their relationship to student success in post-secondary education.
Research opportunities for students interested in chemistry education and/or careers in education exist through the courses CH490 and CH495. Please contact me for more information.