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Chemistry Education Research & Practice
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference on “Chemistry Education: Research & Practice” was spawned by a single GRC focused on Science Education in 1992. This foray into education was new intellectual territory for the Gordon Research Conferences. Two chemistry professors, Arthur Ellis (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Angelica Stacy (UC Berkeley), were present at this meeting. They proposed and co-chaired the first conference dedicated to “Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching” in 1994. Art elaborates on this in his reflections in the GRC 75th anniversary publication. The conference programs indicate that these early meetings did focus on teaching practices and curricular innovations, the interplay between chemical research and chemistry teaching, and career tracks in chemistry education. The GRC web site lists the programs for these meetings. The second meeting was one-year later, but conferees decided to go to 1.5-year intervals alternating between the east and west coasts to balance travel demands and competing professional schedules. The conference name was changed to its current version at the 2002 meeting chaired by Melanie Cooper. This change reflected the growing number of faculty specializing in chemistry education research, who are interested in research grounded in social, educational, and cognitive theories and in rigorous assessment of curricular innovations and student outcomes. At the 2005 meeting chaired by Stacey Lowery Bretz, conferees decided to move to a biannual schedule in late June on the east coast, alternating with the summer Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. The strong attendance at the 2005 and 2007 meetings and the large number of poster presentations suggest that the Gordon Conference has become a key event for this community of scholars.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Chemistry Education Within the National and Global Educational Context
Jun 18-23 Bates College Gabriela C. Weaver
2015 Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Chemistry Education as an Agent in Global Progress
Jun 21-26 Bates College Hannah M. Sevian
2013 Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Strengthening the Pillars of Scholarly Work in Chemistry Education
Jun 9-14 Salve Regina University Maria Oliver-Hoyo
2011 Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Foundations and Frontiers
Jun 26 - Jul 1 Davidson College Marcy Hamby Towns
2009 Chemistry Education Research & Practice Jun 21-26 Colby College Thomas J. Greenbowe
2007 Chemistry Education Research & Practice Jun 24-29 Bates College Christopher F. Bauer
2005 Chemistry Education Research & Practice Jun 26 - Jul 1 Connecticut College Stacey Lowery Bretz
2004 Chemistry Education Research & Practice Jan 4-9 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express G. Earl Peace
2002 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jun 23-28 Connecticut College Melanie M. Cooper
2001 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jan 6-11 Ventura Beach Marriott Robert L. Lichter
1999 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jun 19-24 Connecticut College Barbara A. Sawrey
1998 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jan 4-9 Crowne Plaza Stanley H. Pine
1996 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jun 30 - Jul 5 Plymouth State College Brock Spencer
1995 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jan 8-13 Crowne Plaza Marye Anne Fox
James K. Whitesell
1994 Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching Jan 9-14 Casa Sirena Hotel Arthur Ellis
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