Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: Kristen Murphy
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 3:15pm
Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: Kristen Murphy
Science Building 1, room 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free & open to the public

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Associate Professor of Chemistry-Chemistry Education, Kristen Murphy, will present ACS Exams: Analyses of exams, items, and what it all means. Making measurements of classroom and programmatic assessment at the Department of Chemistry's weekly seminar series

About Professor Murphy

Kristen Murphy received her PhD in Physical Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). Since 2015, she is the Director of the ACS, Division of Chemical Education, Examinations Institute and was previously the Associate Director from 2005 to 2015. During this time, she has developed expertise in assessment writing, testing, and validity and reliability measures. Additionally, she has been involved with research projects through the Exams Institute incorporating theories of cognition into the assessment process, examining larger groups of trial-testing performances using item response theory and subgroups of performances using differential item functioning. In her role as Associate Professor at UWM she has incorporated this into her work in her own research group. Her four main research projects are the development of a new assessment that will give more insight into a learner’s process in solving exercises, the investigation of an general chemistry student’s scale literacy and the transfer this knowledge to a conceptual understanding of basic chemistry concepts, using differential item functioning to examine multiple choice general chemistry exam for differential item performance by gender subgroups, and developing instruments to measure students’ persistence in their choice of STEM as major. She has been dedicated to the undergraduate program at UWM through serving as the Assistant Department Chair since 2013 and by teaching many large general chemistry courses. She received the UWM Faculty Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012, the ACS Henry Hill Award in 2013 and the ACS Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award in 2018.

About the Department of Chemistry 

The Department of Chemistry maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research in the chemistry of the environment, novel materials and biological systems. The Department's curriculum, faculty, library, and facilities of the department are accredited by the American Chemical Society.