RC 20/20

Cultivating Inquiry and Discovery in STEM: A Redesign of Introductory General Chemistry

Judith Giering, Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology, University of Virginia

Linda Columbus, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Virginia

Gail Hunger, Instructional Designer, University of Virginia

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Judy Giering

Judy serves as the Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology. She is passionate about collaborative approaches to instructional design, innovative pedagogy, and use of learning technologies. Judy works with College leadership to determine the strategic vision for adoption and integration of learning technologies; supports design for intentional, authentic and engaged learning experiences for all students; and partners with key stakeholders and organizations across grounds to meet the needs and objectives of faculty engaged in Learning Design & Technology projects. Judy serves as a member of the New Learning Technologies Committee at the College, supports faculty innovation by administering the Learning Technology Incubator grant program, and is an advocate for student and faculty digital literacy.

Judy has a Ph.D. in Education (Instructional Technology), an M.S. in Information Systems, and a B.A. in History.

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Linda Columbus

Linda Columbus is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of the Global Infectious Disease Institute at University of Virginia. Dr. Columbus earned her BA in Chemistry from Smith College in 1996 and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA in 2001. Her PhD research with Wayne L. Hubbell focused on quantifying backbone dynamics with site-directed spin labeling. Her postdoctoral research was conducted at The Scripps Research Institute with Kurt Wuthrich and Scott Lesley where she used solution NMR, X-ray crystallography, and small and X-ray scattering to investigate membrane protein structure. She is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia, where she joined the faculty in 2007. Her research focuses on the structure, dynamics, and function of membrane proteins involved in bacterial pathogenesis and developing methods and understandings to advance membrane protein research. Her research is funded by the the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and she has received several awards including the NSF CAREER award.

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Gail Hunger

Gail has her doctorate in the field of Instructional Design and Technology, and currently holds a position of Instructional Designer in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. She facilitates conversations with faculty across disciplines to construct thoughtful connections between academic technologies, scholarship, and innovation in teaching and learning for course design. Her teaching and research focus on theory and design-based research including collaborative team based design, situated learning, and authentic instruction. She has extensive experience leading synergistic projects incorporating technology enhanced learning and course redesign at national and international higher education institutions. She has obtained grants to develop online mathematics education programs for professional development.