Mentorship Program for Aspiring Chemistry Teachers

MPACT (pronounced "empact") is designed to provide additional teaching experience and guidance for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in an academic career at the college or university level. This is a volunteer activity for both the mentor and mentee. Between Fall 2009 and Fall 2017, 56 graduate students and 55 postdocs have participated in the program, each working with one faculty mentor for one semester. See the link above for a list of past participants.

MPACT mentees will work with one mentor and his/her class. In general, each mentor plans to meet regularly (approximately weekly) with his or her mentee to discuss the class, and to give the mentee the opportunity to present (approximately) two guest lectures during the semester, with the mentor observing to provide feedback. Mentees for lecture classes in general chemistry or organic chemistry will usually lead a weekly ChemFoundations section (or a similar problem solving and discussion section) for students in their mentor's class who wish to participate. This regular involvement in the class also gives the mentor and mentee specific topics to discuss during their meetings throughout the semester. In the past, some mentors have also involved their mentees in course media and curriculum development activities.

The MPACT group as a whole will also meet about four times during the semester, to share experiences, discuss articles on chemistry pedagogy, and eat.