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Richard L. Nafshun

Senior Instructor II
Department of Chemistry

Richard L. Nafshun

Senior Instructor II
Department of Chemistry

Background

Education

PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Oregon State University, 1996

MS, Science Education, Oregon State University, 1996

BS, (ACS) Chemistry, California State University Stanislaus 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, ESTEME

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