PFF IN THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES

The national PFF program, directed by AAC&U and CGS, has several funded initiatives to develop and institutionalize model programs. The National Science Foundation is supporting working with five disciplinary societies (American Association of Physics Teachers, American Chemical Society, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education of the Association for Computing Machinery, and both the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America). Each society has conducted a national competition and selected four departments to develop and implement PFF programs in their departments.

The Education Division at the American Chemical Society did an excellent job in recruiting innovative proposals, so much so that we in the national PFF office shifted funding so that one additional chemistry department might join the program. The chemical science participants include the following:

  • Duquesne University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, working in partnership with Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, La Roche College, Seton Hill College, St. Vincent’s College, and Thiel College. Contact: David Seybert (seybert@duq.edu);

  • City University of New York-Queens College, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, working in partnership with Queensborough Community College, Baruch College, and Manhattan College. Contact: Thomas Strekas (thomas_strekas@qc.edu);

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, working in partnership with California State University, Fullerton, Mount St. Mary’s College, and Mount San Antonio College. Contact: Arlene Russell (russell@chem.ucla.edu);

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Chemistry, working in partnership with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Smith College. Contact: Julian Tyson (tyson@chem.umass.edu); and

  • University of Michigan, Department of Chemistry, working in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University, Calvin College, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Oakland University, and Oberlin College. Contact: Brian Coppola (bcoppola@umich.edu).

Present with us today is Professor Chris Bauer from the University of New Hampshire, whose institution participates in the PFF program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. They are doing marvelous things at New Hampshire, including offering the field-based course “Teaching and Learning in Chemistry,” using PFF activities to recruit doctoral students to their chemistry programs, and offering special fellowships supported by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to PFF students.

You can learn more about all the PFF programs by visiting our Web site at <www.preparing-faculty.org> or by sending e-mail to pff@aacu.nw.dc.us.

My closing thought was suggested by a faculty partner in the University of Minnesota cluster: If we consider that PFF is a radical experiment in dispersing the ownership of the preparation of future faculty across a wider collaborative network, we should stress that PFF also represents a new way of thinking about the professoriate as a community of scholar/teachers embracing the full range of academic cultures.



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