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CSIE|UM Director
CoppolaBHeadLRDr. Brian P. Coppola is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan.  He currently serves as the department’s Associate Chair for Educational Development & Practice, which includes being the Director of the CSIE|UM program.

Dr. Coppola 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. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1986, he 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 publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment.

Representative Publications

Coppola, B. P.; Pontrello, J. K. “Student-Generated Instructional Materials” In J. J. Mintzes & E. M. Walter (Eds), Active Learning in College Science: The Case for Evidence Based Practice. N.Y.: Springer; 2019 (Ch 24)

Coppola, B. P.; Plough, I. C.; Sun, H. “Purple Dragons and Yellow Toadstools: A Versatile Exercise for Introducing Students to Negotiated Consensus” Science and Engineering Ethics 2019, 29, 1261-1269.

Boothe, J. R.; Barnard, R. E.; Peterson, L. J.; Coppola, B. P. “The Relationship Between Subject Matter Knowledge and Teaching Effectiveness of Undergraduate Chemistry Peer Facilitators,” Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2018, 19, 297-304.

Zurcher, D. M.; Phadke, S.; Coppola, B. P.; McNeil, A. J. “Using Student-Generated Instructional Materials in an e-Homework Platform” Journal Chemical Education 2016, 93, 1871-1878.

 Coppola, B. P. “An Inevitable Moment: US Brain Drain” Change 201547 (4), 36-45.

Coppola, B. P. “Do Real Work, Not Homework” In, Garcia-Martinez, J.; Serrano-Torregrosa, E., Eds. Chemistry Education: Best Practices, Opportunities and Trends. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2015;pp. 203-257.