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Bill Donovan

Associate Professor             
Director of Freshman Chemistry 
Department of Chemistry        
403A Knight Chemical Laboratory
The University of Akron        
Akron, Ohio  44325-3601        
(330) 972-6064

Education and Positions Held

Current Academic Interests

  • SENCERizing STEM exploratory learning communities for undecided majors (with Bonnie Williams [UA University College], Ethel Wheland [UA Math], Greg Smith [UA Biology], Helen Qammar [UA ITL and Chemical Engineering], and Kathy Ross-Alaomolki [UA Nursing])
  • Effects of Learning Assistants on grade distribution and grade improvement in freshman chemistry (research project by undergraduate student Jim Engle)
  • Development and implementation of computer-assisted data collection in labs (with Helen Richter and Todd Wagler, Department of Chemistry)
  • Math preparation and success in Principles of Chemistry (with Ethel Wheland, Department of Applied and Theoretical Mathematics, and Rose Marie Konet and Kevin Butler, Office of Computer-Based Assessment & Evaluation)
  • Placement tools for developmental mathematics and Intermediate Algebra (with Ethel Wheland, UA Math Department)
  • ITL Teaching with Technology Research Group
  • Development and implementation of middle-school and 9th-grade chemistry lesson plans through NEOCEx (Northeastern Ohio Center of Excellence for Math and Science Education, UA collaboration with Kent State, Youngstown State, Cleveland State, and Akron, Parma, and Aurora Schools) and PFS (Partnering for Success, collaboration with Cleveland State, John Carroll University, Cleveland Schools, et al.)
  • Broad implementation of undergraduate research in first- and second-year chemistry courses (NSF-funded collaboration with 15 Ohio institutions including Ohio State, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Youngstown, Cleveland State, Capital University, Columbus State Community College, and others)

Other Activities and Interests


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