Carey Bissonnette's current research interest is in chemical education: trying to identify key threshold concepts in courses he teaches, exploring how to help students master those concepts by researching and using evidence-based best practices, and learning more about how to become an effective chemistry teacher.
He is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Science.
- Chemical education
- Development of theoretical models and computational methods
Carey Bissonnette's current focus is on chemical education; researching and using evidence-based best practices for the courses he teaches. Formally, however, his training is in the development of theoretical models and computational methods for studying collisional energy transfer, gas-phase reactions, and spectroscopy and photodissociation of weakly bound molecular complexes.
His long-term personal interests lie in critically assessing established theoretical or conceptual models, developing new models and using computational methods to test various models. Discussion of or examples of these things creep into most of the courses he teaches.
Carey Bissonnette's recent teaching activities have included
- CHEM 120: Physical & Chemical Properties of Matter (on-campus and distance education)
- CHEM 123: Chemical Reactions, Equilibria, and Kinetics (on-campus and distance education)
- CHEM 217: Chemical Bonding
- CHEM 254: Introductory Chemical Thermodynamics
- CHEM 350: Chemical Kinetics
- SCI 227: Chemistry in Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
- Herring, F.G.; Madura, J.D.; Bissonnette, C. Petrucci’s General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications, 11th Ed.; Pearson Prentice Hall: Toronto, 2017.
- Petrucci, R.H.; Herring, F.G.; Madura, J.D.; Bissonnette, C. General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications, 10th Ed.; Pearson Prentice Hall: Toronto, 2011.
Awards and Distinctions
- Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Science, 2016-2019
- Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science 2012-2015
- University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award, 2005
- Chemistry Club Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo, 2000
- Gudrun and Hari Sharma Teaching Award, University of Waterloo, 1998
- Commonwealth Graduate Scholarship, 1990-92
- Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Graduate Scholarship, 1989-92
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (declined in favour of Commonwealth Graduate Scholarship), 1989
- Alumni Gold Medal, University of Waterloo, 1989
- Chemical Institute of Canada Chemistry Merit Award, 1989
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 1988
Professional Associations and Service
- Chem 13 News Editorial Board, 2014-present
- Preparation and coordination of CHEM 13 News and Avogadro High School Chemistry Exams, 2001-present
- Member of Science Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2012-15
- Faculty of Science Representative on Senate Undergraduate Council, 2011-15
- Maplesoft Mobius Advisory Group, 2015
- Program Co-chair for ChemEd 2013 Conference, 2013
- Co-Chair Academic Excellence Working Group (Department of Chemistry, Strategic Planning), 2012
- Member of Working Group for Developing Career View Mirror (Science Edition), an online career exploration tool, 2012
- Faculty Facilitator at Teaching Excellence Academy at the University of Waterloo, 2010-11
- Organizing Committee, Opportunities and New Directions: A Research Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of Waterloo, 2011
- Member of the Provost’s Task Force on Innovative Teaching Practices to Promote Deep Learning, 2011
The following article features Carey Bissonnette's teaching philosophy:
- 1993 PhD Theoretical Chemistry, University of Cambridge, U.K.
- 1989 BSc Honours Chemistry (Mathematics Option), University of Waterloo