Center Events: Speaker Series
Brian P. Coppola
(University of Michigan)
the Scholarship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
January 20, 2004
Dr. Brian Coppola is the Arthur F. Thurnau
Professor of Chemistry in University of Michigan’s Chemistry Department. Dr.
Coppola received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. He joined the faculty at the University of
Michigan in 1986 and together with a team of colleagues began to design and
implement a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Scholarship on this
work was the basis for his successful tenure review and subsequent promotion
to Full Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Coppola’s successful promotion was the
first of its kind at the University of Michigan and established a new policy
which recognizes a scholarship of discipline-centered teaching and learning.
In addition to his success as a scholar,
Dr. Coppola is also an accomplished teacher. In 1994, Dr. Coppola received a
Golden Apple Award from the undergraduates of the University of Michigan for
his excellence in teaching. In 1998, he was selected by the Carnegie
Foundation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to be a CASTL
Scholar. Dr. Coppola received the 1999 Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence
in Undergraduate Teaching; and he was recently elected as a Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.