Senior Instructor
Gilbert 139
541-737-6742
Faculty

Education:Rick Nafshun
BS, (ACS) Chemistry, California State University Stanislaus 1992
MS, Science Education, Oregon State University, 1996
PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Oregon State University, 1996

Courses:
CH 109X, 121, 122, 123, 121e, 122e, 123e, 130, 130e, 140e, 221, 222, 223, 221H, 223H, 231, 232, 233,324, 584, 607 (Mentor), 607 (College Chemistry Teaching Seminar), PH 607 (Seminar), ALS 199

Awards:
Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in the College of Science, 2011
Milton C. Harris Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year, September 2008
Frederick H. Horne for Sustained Excellence in Teaching in the College of Science, 2004
James H. Krueger Award for Excellence in Education, 2002
Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in the College of Science, 2002
Milton C. Harris Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year, September 1999
Milton C. Harris Student Teaching Award, 1993, 1994, and 1995
N.L. Tarter Research Fellowship, 1995
Laboratory Teaching Award, 1993 and 1995
Outstanding Student Award (California State University, Stanislaus), 1992
Dean's List (California State University, Stanislaus), Fall 1990-Spring 1992

Research:
My research group focuses on chemistry, physics and mathematics education:
Curriculum development
Effective teaching in large classroom lectures
Learning communities in large general chemistry courses
Student centered learning
The transfer of mathematics into chemistry, physics and engineering
The distance delivery of general chemistry and general chemistry laboratories
Application based curriculum in general chemistry
Group activities in science and mathematics Inclusion
Context-rich problem solving in chemistry
Facilitating higher order learning and critical thinking in an introductory chemistry course
Curriculum reform
The use of technology in the chemistry laboratory
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