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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 2 (2007) pp 61-66

Survey of Teaching Resources and Responsibilities of Organic Chemistry Professors at Big-12 Research Universities

Christopher N. Brammer, Donna J. Nelson,* and Lauren Hallman

Department of Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019,
Received July, 24, 2006. Accepted January, 12, 2007

Published online: 1 April 2007

Abstract. Organic chemistry faculty teaching large sections at Big-12 institutions (University of Oklahoma peers) were surveyed in order to gather information about their responsibilities and the resources provided for their large organic lecture courses. Class sizes for Organic I and II, typical tuition, number of TAs, and number of discussion sessions offered to students at each university are reported. Amazing differences in resources provided by universities are revealed. For example, some schools provided many TAs and numerous discussion sessions for students while others provided none.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry; teaching resources; teaching assistants

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Issue date: April 1, 2007

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