ERIC Number: ED475485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Status of Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges: Results from a Survey of Chemistry Departments.
Ryan, Mary Ann; Wesemann, Jodi L.; Boese, Janet M.; Neuschatz, Michael
In the fall of 2001, the American Chemical Society (ACS) conducted a survey of two-year college chemistry departments to obtain basic data on chemistry faculty and chemistry courses taught at college. A questionnaire sent to appropriate representatives (department chairs, program heads, or deans) from 1195 campuses generated a 77% response rate. The survey results indicate that chemistry is taught in departments that vary widely in size but that 28% of two-year college campuses offering chemistry have only one chemistry instructor. Overall, 59% of faculty hold full-time positions and 41% have part-time status. The retention of full-time chemistry faculty, 96% of whom are tenured or tenure-track, is fairly high. The representation of women overall is 32%, with the distribution of female faculty among the various ranks closely corresponding to that of the male faculty. Most of the chemistry courses taught are traditional courses such as General Chemistry (41%), Introductory Chemistry for Allied Health majors (29%), General Organic Chemistry(11%), and Chemistry in Society or a similar course (6%). This project, modeled after a similar project by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) that focused on physics in two-year colleges, was conducted in collaboration with AIP. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.