Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

22 May 2019

Women Untold--A Student Film that Celebrates Inclusive Science

Submitted by Sibrina Nichelle Collins, Lawrence Technological University

Many years ago, I was an energetic first year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University. I was truly excited about graduate school and achieving my new career goal of becoming an inorganic chemist. One particular summer day in my first year, I attended a luncheon with several other graduate students and the Department Chair, Dr. Matthew Platz, at the Faculty Club on campus. We had a very candid conversation about diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences.

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?