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Ara Austin

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Clinical Asst Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1604
Biography

Dr. Ara Austin received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Minors in Psychology and Communication Studies in 2011 and Ph.D. in Chemistry Education in 2018, all from Arizona State University. Since 2012, her work has been dedicated to analyzing the effects of socio-cognitive (motivation and self-regulation) and socio-cultural (instructor gender effects, stereotype threat, and cultural/social capital) factors on student performance in organic chemistry courses at ASU and also at University of Rochester. Her genuine passion is to help all students achieve success in their academic endeavors, and she currently oversees the online biochemistry program at the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) as their Assistant Clinical Professor.

Her main duties include teaching organic chemistry courses (CHM 231, 233 & 234) on-campus and online and overseeing the in-person organic chemistry and biochemistry laboratory courses (CHM 237/238 and BCH 467) for online students during the summer. She works closely with the Pre-Health, Career Services Advising, and EdPlus Teams at ASU to serve the students’ needs, and she provides support to all levels of online CHM and BCH courses offered through SMS.

Education

University of Nebraska - Lincoln (2006 - 2008) 

Arizona State University (2009 - 2011): B.S. in Biochemistry; Minors in Psychology & Communication Studies

Arizona State University (2012 - 2018): Ph.D. in Chemistry - Chemical Education

 

Publications

Austin, A. C., Ben-Daat, H., Zhu, M., Atkinson, R., Barrows, N., & Gould, I. R. (2015). Measuring student performance in general organic chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice16(1), 168-178.

 

Koseler, R., Ben-Daat, H., Austin, A. C., Gould, I. R. (2016). A web-based teaching tool for multi-step synthesis on organic chemistry: Student perspectives and motivations. EDULEARN16 Proceedings: Valencia, Spain. 6559-6565.

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrows, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. (2017). Relating motivation and student outcomes in organic chemistry using the Organic Chemistry Motivation Survey. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. doi: 10.1039/C7RP00182G

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. Cultural and social capital in a college-level science course. (In preparation.)

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., & Gould, I. R. Organic  chemistry may be a roadblock for females. (In preparation.)

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 237Gen Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
BCH 467Analytical Biochemistry Lab
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 237Gen Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II