Franziska K. Lang, Ph.D.
I am a Visiting Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Instructional Excellence with the focus on enacting teaching practice reformation to improve the experiences students have when studying chemistry through supporting instructors who teach these courses.
My research interests in chemistry and biochemistry education reflect my passion for and commitment to improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at all levels through enhanced professional development at colleges and universities.
There is limited literature on the perspectives that faculty and teaching assistants have about teaching, and the responsive and reflexive actions they take in their respective teaching environments.
Research has shown, for example, that students’ success in different learning environments is dependent on the instruction they experience, and that students experience greater learning through the use of evidence-based teaching practices.
Research has revealed that instructors across scientific disciplines face similar challenges when teaching, as well as unique obstacles depending on where they work and where they are in their career.
One of my current passions is supporting the transformation of university-level teaching by equipping instructors with evidence-based teaching practices, and investigating barriers to their implementation.
Change is only possible if we make an effort to understand people’s beliefs and perceptions about teaching and learning, and reasons or ability to transform their own instructional practice.
Furthermore, a key part of successful change is involving and supporting individuals at all organizational levels.
My current research focuses on understanding and supporting faculty and teaching assistants at multiple institutions.
Presently, I am involved in supporting professional development efforts, particularly for graduate teaching assistants, and I seek to continue to improve student learning through the implementation of evidence-based teaching practices.
I strongly believe that my joint appointment and collaboration with CIE will broaden and strengthen this effort.
- Doctoral degree in Chemical/Biochemical Education, Purdue University, Dec 2018
- Dissertation topic: Understanding Perceptions and Beliefs Biochemistry Instructors Hold and the Influence these Factors Have on Their Personal Style of Teaching
- Staatsexamen in Biology and Chemistry of Gymnasiallehramt (government-regulated course equivalent to a Masters of Science Education), Heidelberg University, Germany, Oct 2012
- Thesis topic: Characterization and Identification of IL-17A-Expressing Cells in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Lymphoid Tissues: Potential Role in the Disease
- Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Heidelberg University, Germany, Aug 2008
- Thesis topic: Identification and Characterization of the Signal Peptide of Neuroligin-1
Courses taught at Purdue
Teaching in Chemistry, Instructor of Record, Fall 2017/2018
General Chemistry for Non-Majors (CHM111), Instructor of Record, Spring 2016