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Monica Ilies, PhD Drexel CASTLE Logo

Associate Teaching Professor | Department of Chemistry

Office: Disque Hall 224


Phone: 215.895.2642


Monica Ilies has an extensive research background in bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology, and more than 17 years teaching experience at different universities, both in the United States and Europe. She published 25 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals (>1300 citations in the research literature; h-index 19; i10-index 20), 1 book chapter, 1 undergraduate course and 4 laboratory manuals.

In 2010, she joined the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University, where she has been actively involved in the development and application of evidence-based teaching practices, such as clickers, muddiest point cards, "study-buddy", think-pair-share, small-group problem-solving, and partially flipped classroom and integrated content delivery in general, organic, and medicinal chemistry classes.

She has presented her pedagogical work at the American Chemical Society national meetings in the Division of Chemical Education. Since 2013 she has also been coordinating the general chemistry service courses (CHEM 101-102) and is currently a member of the national committee that will develop the standardized General Chemistry exam to be released in 2019. Her teaching philosophy revolves around a simple tripartite core: 1) we learn best when we do; 2) we understand the most when we teach; and 3) the most effective learning-teaching process is personalized.

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