President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, 2010

Norbert PientaNorbert Pienta, Professor of Chemistry, has a record of leadership in pedagogy within and beyond our university. He employed innovative pedagogical methods in revising his department’s heavily enrolled General Education course sequences for science majors and for non-majors, with the result that students’ success rate in these courses significantly improved. He has developed materials (a book and CD-ROM) to prepare graduate students and new faculty for the teaching aspects of academic careers, and is very active in the University’s initiative to develop more high school science teachers. He has served as director of undergraduate studies in his department since 2003, during which time the number of undergraduate majors in chemistry almost doubled. He served as director of the Center for Teaching from 2005 to 2008, and in that role contributed significantly to increasing effective use of teaching technology on campus. He has an international reputation for his research on the teaching and learning of chemistry, and is currently editor of the Journal of Chemical Education (2009-). He received the Collegiate Teaching Award in 2006.