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Brian P. Coppola (University of Michigan)
Finding 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.

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