Teaching and Tutoring

d.w.rowlands [at] gmail.com

Current Work

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This school year, I am working as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In Fall 2016, I taught CHEM 311L: Advanced Laboratory I, an upper-level physical chemistry lab class required of chemistry and chemical engineering majors. The class focused on instrumental techniques, data analysis, and the writing of formal laboratory reports. Students were also taught the basics of the use of operational amplifiers and MATLAB programming for data collection.

This spring, I am teaching CHEM 300L: Analytic Chemistry Laboratory, a class for sophomore chemistry and biochemistry majors. The class focuses on classical volumetric and gravimetric techniques of chemical analysis, and introduces students to laboratory notebook-keeping, propagation of error, and basic data analysis.

I am also part of a team of instructors teaching CHEM 102: General Chemistry II, a general chemistry course taught with a variety of flipped-classroom techniques. I am running clicker-question based lecture sessions, and am excited by the opportunity to get experience with this style of teaching.

Adjunct Professor at Anne Arundel Community College

In Fall 2015, I taught PHY 011: Intro to Physics as an adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. The course covers introductory material necessary for a first college physics course, including needed mathematical and problem-solving techniques and basic Newtonian mechanics. The eighty pages of lecture handouts I wrote for the class can be found as a PDF here.

In Spring 2016, I taught two classes at Anne Arundel Community College, a lab section of PHS 100: General Physical Science and a lecture section of CHE 111: General Chemistry I. About mid-semester, I began scanning and posting my notes for lectures as PDFs. The resulting handwritten notes can be found as a PDF here.

Freelance Tutoring

Along with teaching at Anne Arundel Community College, I'm working as a freelance tutor of high school and college chemistry, physics, and math. I'm based in College Park, but am willing to travel within Prince George's and Montgomery Counties and the District to work with clients. Rates are negotiable depending on the material and whether (and how much) travel is required.

Contact me at d.w.rowlands [at] gmail.com if you're interested.


Past Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant at MIT

I worked as a seminar TA for MIT's honors freshman chemistry class, 5.112, in Fall 2009 and Fall 2012 and for MIT's undergraduate chemistry thermodynamics class, 5.60, in Spring 2010. I taught recitation sections twice a week, held office hours, graded problem sets and exams, and helped write problems for problem sets. I also won the MIT Department of Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award for my Fall 2012 teaching of 5.112.

MIT Teaching and Learning Lab Teaching Certification Program

In Spring 2014, I completed the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program at MIT's Teaching and Learning Laboratory. During this semester-long series of workshops, readings, and assignments, I learned about a variety of topics relevant to teaching science and engineering at a college level, including course, syllabus, and exam design; the use of interactive and technology-based teaching methods such as "flipped classroom"; and inclusive teaching.

At the end of the program, I wrote a teaching philosophy statement, which can be found here.

Teacher for the MIT Educational Studies Program

Between March 2010 and January 2015, I taught a number of short classes to high school students through MIT's Educational Studies Program. I covered a number of subjects, both scientific and historical: the list of courses I've taught can be found on my teacher profile page.

Science Olympiad Scientist-Mentor for Cambridge School Volunteers

As a volunteer at Cambridge School Volunteers I served as a scientist-mentor and advisor for the Cambridge Ringe and Latin School's Science Olympiad team on two projects: "Chemistry Lab" and "It's About Time." For the "Chemistry Lab" project, I tutored team members on a number of chemistry topics, focusing on kinetics and reaction rates since that was the topic of the year's competition. For "It's About Time," I advised team members on the construction and calibration of a high-precision water clock able to measure time intervals of ten to three hundred seconds to a precision of one tenth of a second.