Professor Renee Cole named Collegiate Scholar

Professor Renee Cole
Friday, May 18, 2018

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named  Renée Cole as a Collegiate Scholar.  

Renée Cole, who earned the PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, joined the Department of Chemistry faculty in 2011. The focus of her research is in the area of chemical education, as well as STEM education more broadly. She is interested in issues related to how students learn chemistry and how that guides the design of instructional materials and teaching strategies. She is also interested in how to effectively translate discipline-based research to the practice of teaching, thus increasing the impact of this research and improving undergraduate STEM education. Professor Cole is the Principal Investigator for a number of National Science Foundation-funded projects such as the Increase the Impact Project, which developed resources to improve the propagation of educational innovations; the ELIPSS Project, which is developing resources to assess transferable skills in the classroom; and other projects related to institutional transformation of instruction in STEM. In addition to her work on undergraduate education, she mentors graduate students, serving as chair of several doctoral committees. Professor Cole is Program Chair for the Women Chemist Committee of the American Chemical Society, and is the UI representative for the AAU STEM Initiative.