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"I cannot write my final until my classes finishes the book…"
Brian Coppola, PhD
The University of Michigan

Dr. Brian P. Coppola is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry and Associate Chair of the Chemistry department at The University of Michigan. He is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. He received his B.S. degree in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, having joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1982. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1986, Dr. Coppola joined an active group of faculty in the design and implementation of a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum. His 1996-7 tenure review established a new policy within the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan, recognizing discipline-centered teaching and learning as an area that can be represented within the LSA departments. He was promoted to Full Professor of Chemistry in 2001-2. His recent publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment. He directs CSIE (Chemical Sciences at the Interface of Education), a future faculty development program that spans the undergraduate to post-doctoral continuum.

In 1994, Dr, Coppola received the 4th campus-wide "Golden Apple Award" for outstanding teaching, a recognition organized and administered solely by undergraduate students. In 1996, he was awarded a United States Department of Energy, Undergraduate Computational Science Education Award. In 1998, Dr. Coppola was selected as part of the first group of Carnegie Scholars affiliated with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's CASTL program (Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). In 1999, Dr. Coppola received the Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is a member of the editorial boards of The Chemical Educator, The International Journal of Science Education, and The Journal of College Science Teaching. He is the editor in chief of The Hexagon, the quarterly publication of Alpha Chi Sigma.

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