Sarah Boesdorfer

Assistant Professor - Chemical Education
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423

Office: 268 McCollum Science Hall
Fax: 319-273-7127


  • Ed.D., 2012, Illinois State University
  • M.S., 2003, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.S., 2002, University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign

Research Interests

I am interested in chemistry teacher education. This interest manifests itself in three primary areas of research:

  1. The knowledge and practice of effective chemistry teachers. What is it that good chemistry teachers do in the classroom and how did they know to do it? What factors affect their classroom choices? Understanding effective teachers can help us educate other teachers.
  2. Learning experiences which have a direct impact on teachers’ practice. What factors about classes or professional development cause teachers to alter their practice in some minor or substantial way? How can we improve or extend the learning experience to affect their practice?
  3. Techniques/methods/learning experiences that teachers can create that help students learn chemistry. I am really interested in the impact of “minor” changes (i.e. changing the order of topics, including misconceptions, or use of specific terminology repeated throughout a course) to student learning of chemistry; the “little things” a teacher might be able to do to help his/her students. The more knowledge we can gain about the impact of actions on student learning, the better informed and better prepared teachers can be to educate students.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423
Phone: 319-273-2437
FAX: 319-273-7127

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