Erin Whitteck, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
CHEM 2410 and CHEM 2420
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2008
University of Alberta, B.Sc. in Honors Chemistry, 2003
I have always had a passion for teaching, as a young girl I tutored regularly and taught figure skating. However it wasn't until my undergraduate degree that I discovered the world of organic chemistry. My organic chemistry professor was dynamic and applied the subject to real world challenges. From that point I was smitten, I wanted to open others up to the wonders of organic chemistry. Since the completion of my Ph.D. I have taught at a range of institutions such as the University of Illinois, Ivy Tech Community College, and Butler University. All of these experiences have afforded me a toolbox of teaching skills for a variety of students. I recently joined the faculty at SLU, and I am excited to apply what I have learnt over the years to teaching the large lecture organic chemistry course. Organic chemistry is a subject like no other because problems can be solved through several different pathways. I aim to empower students to learn the unique landscape of organic chemistry through the use of different active learning strategies, and metacognitive learning techniques. One way I like to engage students is by employing the latest technology in the classroom such as clickers, video lectures, and on-line homework. I am confident that my enthusiasm for the subject and students will translate into students gaining critical thinking and problem solving acumen in addition to an appreciation for the subject, and how it affects their personal and professional lives.
I am interested in the role of affect in learning. There are many tools available to help improve skills in organic chemistry, but not many that specifically target affect. I aim to develop techniques that educators can easily implement to improve student attitudes toward assessment and the field of organic chemistry.
Honors and Awards
2018 William V. Stauder, S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Natural Sciences