Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

8 May 2019

Dr. Tenured-No-More or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Non-Reappointment

Submitted by Emily Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit University

On Tuesday, March 28th, the president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) announced that, due to a recent declaration of financial exigency, nearly half of all academic departments (including chemistry) would be cut as of the academic year’s end.* Two days later I was in Orlando for the Spring ACS meeting with one of my fellow soon-to-be-unemployed colleagues and four graduating-in-the-nick-of-time seniors.

6 May 2019

The 1FLO Community Challenge

Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

The end of the semester is here! For those of you on trimesters or quarters, well, I'm sorry. With the end of classes you may have a moment to catch your breath and post something to VIPEr like you said you would all semester. And what better way to encourage that then a community challenge! I am issuing the 1FLO challenge, come up with the ideal vacation spot for me this summer. Price is no object since Joanne gave me the info for the credit card attached to the grant, so dream big...

17 Apr 2019

Bite-sized Assessments: Crafting Effective Multiple Choice Questions

Submitted by Katherine Nicole Crowder, University of Mary Washington

Are you sick of scouring through test banks looking for the perfect multiple choice question to address exactly what you want to ask your class?

Do your students typically perform poorly on the multiple choice portion of your exams, even though they should be MC champions from their years of standardized tests?

7 Apr 2019

I have left the building

Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

Greetings loyal BITeS readers. I just got back from an amazing visit to the Sunshine State for the ACS spring meeting. It was an amazing conference, but I must admit, I am slightly tired from the very long slither from my hotel to the rooms in the conference center. The Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry sessions were amazing. We had some outstanding talks from faculty and undergraduate students, including the three winners of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award.