- PhD. Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (Anticipated Graduation: May 2022), University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, NM.
- M.S. Statistics (May 2020), University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, NM. Thesis title: “A Statistical Analysis of the UNM FACETS Design Identity & Beliefs Survey Data”
- M.S. Chemistry (Major: Organic, May 2000), University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, NM.
- B.S. Biochemistry (Minor: History, May 1998), Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.
|FT Chemistry Instructor||CNM Community College||8/02-present|
|Adjunct Lecturer II||UNM Chemistry and Chemical Biology||1/12-5/14 (active) Presently Inactive|
|Independent Contractor||Pearson, McGraw-Hill, etc.||8/03-8/14|
|Chair, Department of Chemistry||CNM Community College||8/07-12/09|
|Senior Academic Advisor||UNM, School of Engineering||11/01-4/02|
|HR Project Manager||Intel Corp.||1/01-11/01|
|Curriculum Writer, Web Architect||UNM, NASA Pursue Project||5/99-3/00|
- Engaged in Social Media as both outreach and professional development (Twitter (public; handle: @RissaChem), WordPress (clarissasorensenunruh.com), LinkedIn (public), Instagram (public; handle @rissachem), and Facebook (private))
- Participated and prepared learning materials for Equity Unbound in Fall 2020 and for One HE/Equity Unbound Online Community Building Activities
- Prepared video lectures via Mediasite and via CNM Glass (YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/csoren1) and audio podcasts. (2007-present)
|Central New Mexico Community College (2002-present)||University of New Mexico (2012-2014)|
|Taught approximately 300 students every Fall/Spring semester (the equivalent of six lecture courses each term) as well as approximately 150-200 students every Summer semester (the equivalent of three lecture or lab courses) in both face-to-face and online environments. Courses taught include Introductory Chemistry (lecture and lab), General Chemistry I and II (lectures and labs), Organic Chemistry I and II (lectures), Organic and Biochemistry (lecture), and Introductory Statistics.||Taught approximately 300-370 students in one face-to-face General Chemistry I lecture per fall and spring semester using an active learning environment. Clickers, online homework, classroom exercises with extensive group work were employed with the aide of peer learning facilitators (PLFs), Supplemental instructors (SIs), and graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs).|
|Met weekly with Supplemental Instructor (SI) to communicate issues and align expectations. (2012-2015)||Met weekly with and mentored/advised extensively my learning team, including PLFs, SIs, and TAs (Teaching Assistants).|
|Developed online resources, including master course shells, student discussion environments, assessments (such as timed chapter quizzes), assignments (take home quizzes, projects, and exams), comprehensive learning modules, etc. within D2L BrightSpace, Bb Learn (including Collaborate), BlackBoard (CE 8.0), Wimba, and online homework (such as MasteringChemistry, SmartWork, Wiley Plus, Chem101, and Sapling Learning) classroom environments.||Developed online resources, including master course shells, student discussion environments, assessments (such as timed chapter quizzes), assignments (take home quizzes and exams), comprehensive learning modules, etc. within BlackBoard (CE 8.0), Bb Learn (including Collaborate), and online homework (such as MasteringChemistry) classroom environments.|
|Developed curricula including in-class exercises, homework, exams, etc.||Developed curricula including in-class exercises, homework, exams, etc.|
|Used innovative student evaluation techniques, including ungrading.|
|Traditional, hybrid, and distance learning classes have been taught extensively.|
|Helped to redesign the General Chemistry Labs (2005-2006) and the Organic Chemistry Labs (2018-2019).|
- Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellow, DPL. (2019)
- Board Associate, Board of Publication, Division of Chemical Education, ACS. (2018-2019)
- ACS (American Chemical Society) National Travel Award, 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Spring 2016, San Diego, CA. (2015)
- WIN (Women In Non-Traditional Careers) Employee Advocate Award, CNM Community College, Albuquerque, NM. (2015)
- MSE Jon Gill Bentley Faculty Excellence Award, CNM Community College, Albuquerque, NM. (2015)
- Graduate Fellowship, Pursue Project (NASA), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (1999–2000)
- Presidential Scholar, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. (1994-1998)
External Grants and Contracts
- Board Member, Communication Advisory Board, UNM ADVANCE NSF Award. (2016-2021) https://advance.unm.edu/
- Collaborator, National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) proposal: Modeling and Analyzing High-Dimensional Molecular Assembly: Quantifying the Impact of Allergen Structure (Lydia Tapia) (2015-2020)
- Education Mentor and CNM PI, NIH IRACDA/ASERT grant (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards/Academic Science Education and Research Training Program) [NIH 5K12GM088021-04 Subaward 3R84N: $10,000 (2013)/$16,000 (2014, 2015)] (2013-2015)
- Education Specialist, “Gateway Science and Math Course Reform” UNM STEM Gateway program [U.S. Department of Education Title V grant, 2011-2016] (2012-2014)
- Grants funded through the CNM Foundation and Perkins:
- iPads to use in Active Learning Classrooms (50 requested, 100 funded (2013); $500 each)
- Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometers (2 (2006) and 1 (2013); $35,000 each)
- Gas-Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (1; $50,000 (2006) and 1; $60,000 (2016))
- Miniature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (2 total; $80,000 each)
- ChemDraw Site License (repeated every year, 2007-present, $4000 each year)
Graduate School Contracts
- Master TA, University of New Mexico (funded by NASA Pursue Project), 8/99-12/99
- Graduate TA, University of New Mexico, 8/98-12/99
- Graduate RA, University of New Mexico, 2/99-5/99
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020). A STEM Ungrading Case Study: A Reflection on First-time Implementation in Organic Chemistry II. In S. Blum (Ed.) Ungrading: Rewarded by Learning (pp. 139-155). Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. https://wvupressonline.com/node/844
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2018). A Reflective Teaching Evolution: Using Social Media for Teaching Reflection and Student Engagement. In C. Sorensen-Unruh & T. Gupta (Eds.), ACS Symposium Series (Vol. 1274, pp. 35–59). Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2018-1274.ch003
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2017). ConfChem Conference on Select 2016 BCCE Presentations: Radical Awakenings—A New Teaching Paradigm Using Social Media. Journal of Chemical Education. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b01011
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. & Gupta, T. (Eds.). (2018). Communicating Chemistry Through Social Media. ACS Symposium Series (Vol. 1274). Washington, D.C.: ACS Publications. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2018-1274
- Chapter and Book are cited in:
- Halford, Bethany. (2016, October 31). Teaching social media to scientists. Chemical and Engineering News, 94(43). Retrieved from https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i43/Teaching-social-media-scientists.html
- Chapter and Book are cited in:
Digital Open Cited Scholarship
- Regular Blog Contributor to ChemEdX and My Website Blog
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2019, September 13). Statistics in education: It’s harder than it looks [Blog Post]. https://clarissasorensenunruh.com/2019/09/13/statistics-in-education-its-harder-than-it-looks/
- Article blog is cited in: Supiano, Becky. (2019, September 26). Teaching: Why a Professor Tells Students About Her Lowest Moment in Higher Ed [Online Article]. The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-a-Professor-Tells-Students/247221
- Flaherty, Colleen. (2019, September 9). ‘The dangers of fluent lectures’: A study says smooth-talking professors can lull students into thinking they’ve learned more than they actually have – potentially at the expense of active learning [Online Article]. Chemical and Engineering News. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/09/study-how-smooth-talking-professors-can-lull-students-thinking-theyve-learned-more
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2019, February 10). Ungrading: A series (Part 1 of 5). Retrieved from https://clarissasorensenunruh.com/2019/02/10/ungrading-a-series-part-1/
- Articles blogs (and chapter) are cited in: Jarvis, Claire. (2020, April 26). Chemistry educators try ‘ungrading’ techniques to help students learn. Chemical and Engineering News, 98(16). https://cen.acs.org/education/undergraduate-education/Chemistry-educators-try-ungradingtechniques-help/98/i16
- Flaherty, Colleen. (2019, April 2). When grading less is more: Professors’ reflections on their experiences with ‘ungrading spark renewed interest in the student-centered assessment practice [Online Article]. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/04/02/professors-reflections-their-experiences-ungrading-spark-renewed-interest-student
- Supiano, Beckie. (2019, July 19). Grades can hinder learning. What should professors use instead? [Online Article]. The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190719_ungrading
- Rissa Sorensen-Unruh in Gettin’ Air with Terry Greene: The Open Pedagogy Podcast (5/22/2020). https://www.spreaker.com/user/voicedradio/rissa-sorensen-unruh
- Supiano, Becky. (2020, April 27). Teaching: What Do Final Exams Mean During a Pandemic? [Online Article]. The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Do-Final-Exams-Mean/248644
- Online Teaching in a Hurry Guest Episode 3 – Trust Your STEM Students (4/3/2020). https://oliah.ca/pedagogy/online-learning-in-a-hurry-guest-episode-3-clarissa-sorensen-unruh-trust-your-stem-students/
- Critical Pedagogy in STEM (Episode 303) in Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast (4/2/2020). https://teachinginhighered.com/podcast/critical-pedagogy-in-stem/
- Jarvis, Claire. (2020, January 17). The flip side of flipped classrooms. Chemical and Engineering News, 98(3). https://cen.acs.org/education/undergraduate-education/flip-side-flipped-classrooms/98/i3
- Jansen, Kerri. (2018, July 17). To improve reproducibility in the lab, these chemists press ‘record’ [Online article]. Chemical and Engineering News. https://cen.acs.org/research-integrity/reproducibility/improve-reproducibility-lab-chemists-press/96/web/2018/07
Invited Talks/Training Sessions
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020, November 13). Challenging Our Strategies and Expectations: What Students Learn, Why, and How [Panel Participant]. In National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium on Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education. https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/10-21-2020/imagining-the-future-of-undergraduate-stem-education-symposium
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020, November 6). Ungrading [Online Workshop]. Imperial Valley College.
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020, August 18). Online teaching & learning [Online Workshop]. Baltimore City Community College.
- Digital Pedagogy Lab Track STEM-H and Critical Digital Pedagogy (from July 26th-August 2nd, 2020 and in Summer, 2021)
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020, July 8). Online teaching & learning [Online Workshop]. Digital Learning Institute at Davidson College.
- Sorensen-Unruh, C. (2020, February 6). Ungrading Webinar [Panel Participant]. Plymouth State University Open CoLab .
Papers/Presentations Presented at Professional Meetings (including Local Meetings)
- Social media and ethics in the classroom: Reflection and analysis. Poster presentation: 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 2019.
- Critical Pedagogy and STEM. Workshop: Digital Pedagogy Lab 2019, August 2019.
- Using WordPress blogs to increase student agency and reflection in organic chemistry. PressED Conference: Online via Twitter. March 29, 2018. http://2018.pressedconf.org/?easyconfpr=using-wordpress-blogs-to-increase-student-agency-and-reflection-in-organic-chemistry
- Social Media 101. Invited ADVANCE Presentation: University of New Mexico. October 2017.
- Radical awakenings: A new teaching paradigm using social media. Oral Presentation: 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 2017.
- Ready, set, action! Using Go-Pro videos to connect instrumentation with students and faculty. Oral Presentation: 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 2017.
- Radical awakenings: A new teaching paradigm using social media. Written Presentation: ACS ConfChem, Fall 2016.
- Communicating chemistry through social media: A whirlwind tour of some options (with Dr. Liesl Jones). Oral Presentation: 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Spring 2016.
- Art of teaching biochemistry: Mentoring ASERT post-doctoral fellows (with Dr. Jayne Christen). Oral Presentation: ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, 2014.
- Reflective Teaching, Active Learning. Oral Presentation: NIH IRACDA Conference, 2014.
- Active Learning: Methodologies and Practice. Oral Presentation: Pearson Innovating and Redesigning for Student Success Workshop, 2013.
- An analysis of Traditional, Hybrid and Blended Class Performance. Oral Presentation: New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) Conference, 2013.
- Transforming Teaching: Moving Toward an Active Classroom (Parts 1 and 2). Oral Presentation: CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning, Albuquerque Convention Center, 2012.
- Teaching Chemistry in Multiple Dimensions: An Analysis of Traditional, Hybrid, and Blended Learning Environments. Oral Presentation: ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, 2012.
Selected Publishing Projects
- Lead TYC Contributor, ChemEdX (2019 – present)
- Faculty Advisor (Editor and Trainer), Pearson Higher Ed (2015-2017)
- Co-author, CNM lab manuals for General Chemistry I and II labs [published through Hayden-McNeil] (2006-present)
- Invited Participant, Cengage Focus Group for General, Organic, and Biochemistry Text [Armstrong, 1st ed] (2009)
- Author, Instructor Resource CD PowerPoint Lectures for Introductory Chemistry [Bauer, Birk and Marks, 1st ed] (2003)
Successful/Approved IRB (Institutional Research Board) Proposals at CNM
- Distance Learning vs. Traditional Lecture (An Analysis of Introductory, General, and Organic Chemistry in Traditional, Hybrid and Blended Formats) [2012-2016]
- Using NSF CAT Apps and experience sampling to measure undergraduate STEM student engagement and critical thinking skills [2015-2017]
- Ad Hoc and Panel Reviewer, National Science Foundation (NSF) (2017-present)
- Digital Pedagogy Lab Faculty (2020, 2021)
- Councilor [Elected], ACS Division of Chemical Education (January 2021 – present).
- Social Media Subgroup Chair and Member, Biennial Conference Committee, ACS Division of Chemical Education (January 2017 – present)
- Member, Public Relations Committee, ACS Division of Chemical Education (March 2019 – present)
- Board Associate, Board of Publication, ACS Division of Chemical Education (April 2018 – August 2019)
- Chair, Strategic Task Force for Public Relations, ACS Division of Chemical Education (April 2017 – March 2019)
- @VConnecting Virtual Buddy (2018). http://virtuallyconnecting.org/blog/2018/05/14/virtually-connecting-at-t3snc-tue-22-may-2018/
- STEM Shoutout from Advance UNM (May 3, 2018). https://advance.unm.edu/2018/05/03/stem-shoutout-clarissa-sorensen-unruh/
- Curator for @RealScientists for the week of July 31st, 2016
- AAAS blog “5 Questions for a Scientist” (http://sciencenetlinks.com/blog/snl-educator/5-questions-scientist-chemistry-instructor-clarissa-sorensen-unruh/)
- NM EPSCOR recorded webinar and resulting panel for STEM families (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXYoCPrvbZI&list=FLz0Z8z__y3LN3st6PgH4TwA)
Journal of Chemical Education, Active 2009-present
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Active 2018-present
National Meeting Service
- Statistics in Chemical Education Research. Workshop: ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Summer 2020 [BCCE 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19].
- Communicating Chemistry via Social Media. Joint symposium (virtual and in person) of RSC and ACS. Symposium organizer: ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Summers 2018 and 2020 [BCCE 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19].
- Chemistry in the Age of Cheap Computing. Symposium organizer: 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Fall 2017.
- Social networking in chemical education research (SNiCER): Using social media to communicate, teach and research in chemical education. Symposium organizer: ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Summer 2016.
- Communicating Chemistry Through Social Media. Symposium organizer: 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Spring 2016.
- Reviewer and accuracy checker, Learning Catalytics question sets, Pearson Higher Ed (2014-present)
- Accuracy checker, Introductory Chemistry [Corwin, 5th and 6th editions] and Introductory Chemistry’s Student Solutions Manual [Corwin, 6th edition] (5th: 2006 and 6th: 2009-2010)
- Reviewer, 35+ chapters within Introductory, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry texts (2003-present)
- (CNM) Faculty Advisor, CNM Chemistry Society (2014-2016).
- (CNM) Mediasite and YouTube video lectures used by all CNM chemistry faculty teaching online courses (2009-2014, although most continue to use through present)
- (CNM and UNM) Advised students, part time faculty, and tutors on techniques for learning chemistry concepts, teaching chemistry concepts, and studying/reviewing science. Advised students on course management, possible career tracks and overall progress as well.
- (CNM and UNM (for PT only)) Served as a full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) faculty mentor as well as an educational mentor for two NIH IRACDA/ASERT post-doctoral fellows, observing classes taught and offering formal and informal input into teaching techniques. Currently serving as an online instructor mentor for FT and PT instructors, which includes teaching those instructors Bb Learn (as well as other online programs) and helping them with course content.
- (UNM) Co-author and participant, Course Reform of Gateway STEM classes for General Chemistry I and II (2012-2014).
- (UNM) Liaison between CNM and UNM Chemistry departments (2012-present).
- (UNM) Co-investigator on an IRB proposal for the CHEM 120 (parachute) class (2012-2014)
Standing Committee Member
- Digital Pedagogy Team (2018-present)
- IRB (2014-present)
- Mobile Instructional Technology Team (2014-2015)
- Mobile Applications (2014-2015)
- L Building Renovation committee (2013-2015)
- Distance Learning Advisory Committee (2011-2015)
- Distance Learning Bb Faculty Support Group (2011-2013)
- Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Portfolio Committee and subcommittee (2012-2014)
- MSE Chairs Council (2007-2009)
- MSE Curriculum Committee (2007-2008)
- Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee (2004-2007)
Search Committee Chair
- FT hiring committees (2007 (3 hires), 2012 (1 hire), 2014 (1 hire))
Search Committee Member
- Dean (Math, Sciences, and Engineering] (2020)
- MSE Lab Supervisor (2007)
- Associate Dean [Health, Wellness, and Public Safety] (2011)
Ongoing Professional Development
- Quality Matters Trainings and Peer Reviewer Certification (2011-present), including Applying the QM Rubric (2018) and Peer Reviewer (2020)
- NSF CAT Workshops (Spring 2014 and 2015)
- Invited Participant, NSF CAT (Critical Thinking Assessment Test) Scoring Workshop [NSF TUES 0404911, 0717654 and 1022789] (2014)
- Online Facilitator and Invited Participant, NSF DBER (Discipline-Based Education Research) Workshop [NSF DUE 1316636] (2013)
- Invited Participant, UNM MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) Workshop (2011)
- Invited Participant, NSF CCLI (Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement) Proposal Preparation Workshop [NSF DUE 0924269] (2009)
- Online Instructor Certification (2007)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Chemical Society (ACS), Divisions of Chemical Education and Professional Relations (Subdivision: Women in Chemistry, LGBTQ+ and Allies)
- Two-Year Community College Consortium (2yC3)
- International Society for Learning Sciences (ISLS)
- Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity)