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Chemistry Faculty Monica Ilies Receives Evidence Based Teaching Award in STEM

Monica Ilies Stem Award


May 26, 2017

Monica Ilies, PhD, is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. She 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, 1 book chapter, 1 university course and 4 laboratory manuals. In 2010, she joined the Department of Chemistry, 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, partially flipped classroom and integrated content delivery in general, organic, and medicinal chemistry classes. For the past 3 years, her pedagogical work has been presented at the American Chemical Society national meetings in the Division of Chemical Education. She is also part 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.