Molly Atkinson
University of North Texas
Chemistry
(940) 565-3550
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Education

PhD, University of Georgia, 2018.
Major: Chemistry
Degree Specialization: Bioinorganic Chemistry, Chemistry Education Research
Dissertation Title: Assessing Undergraduate Explanation Construction and Affective Characteristics Towards Improving Success in General Chemistry
BS, Piedmont College, 2012.
Major: Chemistry and Biology (double major)

Professional Memberships

ACS Division of Chemical Education. (2019 – Present).

American Chemical Society. (2016 – Present).

Development Activities Attended

Workshop,"Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals," AtKisson Training Group, United States of America. (November 30, 2020December 3, 2020).

Conference Attendance,"NSF-Funded CER Grad Student and Post-Doc Professional Development Conference," National Science Foundation, Oxford, OH, United States of America. (July 2019July 2019).

Conference Attendance,"NSF-Funded CER Grad Student and Post-Doc Professional Development Conference," National Science Foundation, Oxford, OH, United States of America. (July 2017July 2017).

Teaching

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas
CHEM 1410, General Chemistry for Science Majors, 4 courses.
CHEM 4900, Special Problems, 1 course.
CHEM 4910, Special Problems, 2 courses.

Research

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Atkinson, M. B., Croisant, M., Lowery Bretz, S. (2020). Investigating first-year undergraduate chemistry students’ reasoning with reaction coordinate diagrams when choosing among particulate-level reaction mechanisms. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 22, 199-213. Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0RP00193G
Atkinson, M. B., Popova, M., Croisant, M., Lowery Bretz, S. (2020). Development of the Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory: Measuring Student Thinking and Confidence. Journal of Chemical Education. 97(7), 1841-1851. American Chemical Society. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b01186
Atkinson, M. B., Krishnan, S., McNeil, L. A., Luft, J. A., Pienta, N. J. (2020). Constructing Explanations in an Active Learning Preparatory Chemistry Course. Journal of Chemical Education. 97(3), 626-634. American Chemical Society. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00901
Tang, H., Day, E. L., Atkinson, M. B., Pienta, N. J. (2018). GrpString: An R Package for Analysis of Groups of Strings. The R Journal. 10(1), 359-369. https://journal.r-project.org/archive/2018/RJ-2018-002/RJ-2018-002.pdf

Presentations Given

Oral Presentation

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) - CANCELLED, A Longitudinal, Multi-institution Research Study: Changes in Organic Chemistry Students’ Thinking and Confidence in the Contexts of Functional Group and Mechanisms Curricula, ACS, Corvallis, OR, United States of America. (2020).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), 103rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition - CANCELLED, Using the Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory (RCDI) to Measure Chemistry Student Thinking and Confidence when Interpreting Reaction Coordinate Diagrams, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Canada. (2020).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Popova, M. (Author), Croisant, M. (Author), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), American Chemical Society Fall 2019 National Meeting and Expo, The Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory: Measuring General and Organic Chemistry Student Thinking and Confidence, ACS, San Diego, CA, United States of America. (2019).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Krishnan, S. (Author), McNeil, L. A. (Author), Luft, J. A. (Author), Pienta, N. J. (Author), 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Constructing Explanations During and Outside of a Non-Majors Chemistry Class: Which Improves Student Learning?, South Bend, IN, United States of America. (2018).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Pienta, N. J. (Author), American Chemical Society Spring 2018 National Meeting and Expo, Student Attitudes and Self-Concepts in an Active Learning Preparatory Chemistry Classroom Utilizing the Construction of Explanations to Promote Understanding, ACS, New Orleans, LA, United States of America. (2018).

Poster

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Popova, M. (Author), Croisant, M. (Author), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), American Chemical Society Spring 2020 National Meeting and Expo - CANCELLED, Longitudinal Study using the Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory (RCDI): Changes in Students’ Reasoning during Organic Chemistry, ACS, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America. (2020).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Croisant, M. (Author), Popova, M. (Author), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), NSF-Funded CER Grad Student and Post-Doc Professional Development Conference, Development of the Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory: Measuring Student Thinking and Confidence with Reaction Coordinate Diagrams, NSF, Oxford, OH, United States of America. (2019).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Croisant, M. (Author), Popova, M. (Author), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP) Gordon Research Conference (GRC), Development of the Reaction Coordinate Diagram Inventory: Measuring Student Thinking and Confidence with Reaction Coordinate Diagrams, Lewiston, ME, United States of America. (2019).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Croisant, M. (Author), Popova, M. (Author), Lowery Bretz, S. (Author), American Chemical Society Spring 2019 National Meeting and Expo, An Inventory to Measure Student Thinking about Reaction Coordinate Diagrams, ACS, Orlando, FL, United States of America. (2019).

Atkinson, M. B. (Author & Presenter), Pienta, N. J. (Author), NSF-Funded CER Grad Student and Post-Doc Professional Development Conference, Tracking General Chemistry Student Misconceptions Using an Electronic Learning Tool, NSF, Oxford, OH, United States of America. (2017).

Awards and Honors

Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) International Activities Committee International Travel Award 2020, Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED). (January 13, 2020 – Present).

Service

University Service

Chairperson, Search Committee - Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Teaching Postdoc). (October 2020 – Present).

Committee Member, Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC). (August 2020 – Present).

Attendee, Meeting, Anti-Bias and Cultural Awareness Training. (August 2020December 2020).

Attendee, Orientation, New Faculty Additional Training. (August 2020December 2020).

Attendee, Orientation, New Faculty Orientation. (August 1, 2020August 14, 2020).

Professional Service

Reviewer, Journal Article, Chemistry Education Research and Practice. (January 1, 2020 – Present).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Chemical Education. (January 1, 2020 – Present).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Chemical Education. (January 1, 2019December 31, 2019).