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  • CHEM 106 :           Chemistry Survey (3 credits)
  • CHEM 108 :           Organic and Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 108L :         Organic and Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • CHEM 200 :            Introduction to Research (various credits)
  • CHEM 290 :            (Chemistry) Seminar (0.5 credit)
  • CHEM 316 :            Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 426/526 :     Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 490 :            (Chemistry) Seminar (0.5 credit)
  • CHEM 498 :            Undergraduate Research/Scholarship (various credits)
  • MES 603 :                Atomic/Molecular Structure of Materials: Organic Module (2 credits) and Polymer Module (1 credit)
  • MES 604 :                Chemistry of Materials (4 credits)
  • NANO 715 :            Polymeric Nanomaterials (3 credits)
  • NANO 717 :            Nanochemistry (3 credits)
  • MES 788 :                Master’s Research Project (various credits)
  • BME 798 :                Master’s Thesis (various credits)
  • BME 898 :                Ph.D. Dissertation (various credits)
  • MES 798 :                Master’s Thesis (various credits)
  • MES 898 :                Ph.D. Dissertation (various credits)
  • NANO 898D :         Ph.D. Dissertation (various credits)

Teaching Philosophy and Pedagogical Methods

  • The focal point of teaching should be students. Learning is not simply memorizing, but starts from memorizing.
  • The foundation of a solid education is to first learn the basic concepts, principles, and knowledge at a level appropriate for students at various educational backgrounds, and then to be challenged as the students gain the confidence in an area. I believe that a class period should be taught by starting with fundamentals, and then using these building blocks to introduce new and more challenging ideas, ending with the presentation of a problem or a question to make the students think about the knowledge they acquired.
  • Teaching chemistry and chemistry-related courses is very important to me. I believe that I have a very engaging method of instruction, one that questions students and (with a little help) lets them figure out the answer on their own.
  • For all lecture courses, comprehensive PowerPoint slides, which include key concepts/principles and carefully selected examples, are prepared for every single lecture.  The classes have been taught via the combination of PowerPoint presentations and handing writings on blackboard.  The students can excess the PowerPoint presentations from the courses’ webpages.  Such a pedagogical method has been widely appreciated by students.  I have taken polls and approximately 90% of students were in favor of my pedagogical methods.  Additionally, many students (in almost all of the classes that I taught in the past) expressed verbally and/or in writings that the courses were “well-taught” (although some were “challenging”) by “a very good instructor”.

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