James Rudd

 Hello and welcome to my faculty webpage at Cal State LA!

STUDENTS

My student collaborators and I conduct scholarship in the teaching and learning of science in college and K-12 classrooms in order to increase the effectiveness of science instruction for all students. We have contributed to the field of science education through numerous and varied projects, including investigating the use of multiple representations in chemistry pedagogy, developing inquiry-based laboratory curricula, and implementing Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 curricula. Current projects include investigating the use of multiple representations in chemistry pedagogy, studying student understanding of mathematical relationships in chemistry, developing general education chemistry curricula, and examining student success factors in organic chemistry.

Thesis students, California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

 
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Lily Nguyen, B.S. Biochemistry (Honors), current student

 

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Andrea Zarember, M.S. Chemistry, current student

 

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Dianna Kim, M.S. Chemistry, current student

 

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Zi Luo, B.S. Natural Science

 
Graduates

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Ella Baxter, graduated with B.S. Biochemistry (Honors) Spring 2018
Thesis title: Word Choice and Multiple Representations in Chemical Education
Publication: (manuscript in preparation)
Currently: graduate student in the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows MEd program, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

 

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Jackie Lin, graduated with B.S. Biochemistry (Honors) Spring 2017
Thesis title: Assessing General Chemistry Students’ Ability to Translate Between Multiple Representations
Publication: “Assessing Students’ Ability to Translate Nanoscale Representations in Chemistry” Lin, X.; Son, J. Y.; Rudd, J. A., II. (reviewed manuscript in revision).
Currently: Interviewing for enrollment into medical school.

 
 

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Corey Iler, graduated with B.S. Biochemistry (Honors) Spring 2016
Thesis title: An Analysis Between Forensic Science and Wrongful Convictions Through a Comparison of Multiple Cases

 

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Yulan I. Lin, graduated with B.S. Chemistry (Honors) Spring 2014
Thesis title: Evaluating the chemistry triplet: Is there a preferred order of presentation?
Publication: “Asymmetric translation between multiple representations in chemistry,” Lin, Y. I.; Son, J. Y.; Rudd, J. A., II. International Journal of Science Education, 38(4), 644-662, 2016.
Currently: Developer Advocate, Google, Mountain View, CA

 

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Charles Seo, graduated with M.S. Chemistry Spring 2013
Thesis title: Effects of Implementing an Inquiry-Based Laboratory Curriculum on Students’ Understanding and Attitude toward Science
Award: 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Science from the College of Natural and Social Sciences
Currently:  Department chair and chemistry teacher at Village Christian School, Sun Valley, CA.

 

Brenda B. Arias

Brenda B. Arias, graduated with B.S. Natural Science Fall 2012, earned M.A. Education Summer 2014
Thesis title: Peer Review/Assessment as a Teaching Tool in a High School Chemistry Course
Currently: Physics and Chemistry teacher at Social Justice Humanitas Academy, San Fernando, CA.

Additional student collaborators, California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Graduates:

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Carlos Morales, graduated with B.S. Natural Science Spring 2018
Currently: graduate student in the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Transformation Initiative, Cal State LA, Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Lauren Ovalle, graduated with B.S. Natural Science Spring 2018
Currently: graduate student in the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Transformation Initiative, Cal State LA, Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

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Michelle Vanegas, graduated with B.S. Natural Science Fall 2017 and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science: Geoscience Fall 2017

Currently: Gallery Interpreter at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

 
 

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Gilbert Zepeda, graduated with B.S. Physics Winter 2016
Currently: enrolled in Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Transformation Initiative at Cal State LA to earn Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science and M.A. Education
 
 

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Bridgette Spencer, graduated with B.S. Natural Science Spring 2014
Currently: Chemistry teacher at Visual and Performing Arts High School, Legacy School Complex, South Gate, CA.

 
 

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Vivian Z. (Tan) Wang, post-baccalaureate studies completed Fall 2009
Publication: “Calibrated Peer Review assignments for the Earth sciences,” Rudd, J. A., II; Wang, V. Z.; Cervato, C.; Ridky, R. W.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 57(5), 328-334, 2009.
Publication: “Diagnostic Testing of Introductory Geology Students,” Cervato, C.; Rudd, J. A., II; Wang, V. Z.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 55(5), 357-363, 2007.
 
Other past student collaborators:
 
Melissa (Wu) Bailey, Veronica Chiquillo, Jason Diodati, Geoffrey Horvath, Heidi Hunsicker, Kei Kim, Meri Knadzhyan, Mani Manoucherian, Huy Nguyen, Cynthia Oseguera de Urena, Kenix Tran, Betty Urizar, Neemah Yaminesfandiary. 
 

TEACHING

California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

In addition to teaching and supervising numerous Cal State LA students for their independent studies courses, I have taught a wide range of students and majors in lecture, laboratory, activity, and seminar courses. Note that the course designations and numbering have changed over time.

Upcoming, current, and recent courses

  • Fall 2018 HNRS 3400 Addressing Wicked Problems: A Natural Sciences Case Study
  • Spring 2018 HNRS 3400 Addressing Wicked Problems: A Natural Sciences Case Study on Global Climate Change
  • Fall 2017 HNRS 3400 Addressing Wicked Problems: A Natural Sciences Case Study on Global Climate Change
  • Fall 2017 NATS 3980 Field Observations in Science Education

For the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, I have taught

  • lower-division courses for science and engineering majors (CHEM 101-103 lecture and laboratory)
  • lower-division courses for health science and related majors (CHEM 151 lecture and laboratory)
  • upper-division laboratory course for Chemistry majors (CHEM 327)
  • upper-division writing requirement course for Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics majors (CHEM 360)
  • graduate-level presentation course for M.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students (CHEM 500)

For the Natural Science Program, I have taught

  • lower-division teacher preparation courses for future elementary school teachers (PSCI 180, PSCI 181, and NATS 181 lecture and activity)
  • upper-division field observation courses for NATS majors, including future high school science teachers (NATS 398/3980 seminar)
  • upper-division capstone courses for NATS majors, including future high school science teachers, and upper-division elective for BIOL/MICR majors (NATS 495/4950 lecture and laboratory)
  • graduate-level teacher preparation course for M.A. Education graduate students (NS 461 lecture and activity)

At Cal State LA, I have also taught

  • upper-division orientation course for transfer students (NSS 301)
  • upper-division general education science course for transfer students from Glendale Community College (UNIV 354 taught on the GCC campus)
  • upper-division general education science course for Honors College students (HNRS 330 and HNRS 3400)

University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

As a postdoctoral research associate at UCLA, I taught as an instructor of record and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The course numbering may have changed over time.

  • lower-division general and organic chemistry course for life science majors (instructor of record for CHEM 14BL lecture and TA for CHEM 14BL laboratory)

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

As a graduate student at Iowa State, I taught as an instructor of record and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry. The course numbering may have changed over time.

  • lower-division general chemistry course for engineering majors (instructor of record for Chemistry 165 lecture)
  • graduate-level training course in pedagogy for new graduate students (TA for Chemistry 555)
  • lower-division general chemistry courses for non-science majors, engineering majors, and science majors (TA for Chemistry 163, 167, and 177 and 178 recitation and laboratory, respectively)

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

As an undergraduate student at Harvey Mudd, I taught as a teaching assistant during my senior year for the Department of Chemistry. I was a TA for the general chemistry laboratory courses taken by all majors (Chemistry 25 and 26). The course numbering may have changed over time.

 

SCHOLARSHIP

The goal of my scholarly activities is to support the teaching and learning of science across a range of contexts, such as instructional methods in college classrooms, professional support for K-12 teachers, and institutional change within college and university science departments, in order to increase the effectiveness of science instruction for all students. My collaborators and I have contributed to the field of science education through numerous and varied projects, including investigating the use of multiple representations in chemistry pedagogy, developing inquiry-based laboratory curricula, implementing Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 curricula, and assessing roles, contexts, and impacts of science education faculty in university and college science departments. Current projects include investigating the use of multiple representations in chemistry pedagogy, studying student understanding of mathematical relationships in chemistry, developing general education chemistry curricula, examining student success factors in organic chemistry, and assessing outcomes of high-impact, low-cost strategies in college science courses.

Publications

Lin1 X; Son JY; Rudd, JA, II.
Assessing Students’ Ability to Translate Nanoscale Representations in Chemistry. (reviewed manuscript under revision)
1undergraduate student author

Bush SD; Rudd JA, II; Stevens MT; Tanner KD; Williams, KS.
Fostering Change from Within: Influencing Teaching Practices of Departmental Colleagues by Science Faculty with Education Specialties. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150914, 2016.

Lin1 YI; Son JY; Rudd JA, II.
Asymmetric Translation between Multiple Representations in Chemistry. International Journal of Science Education, 38(4): 644-662, 2015.
1undergraduate student author

Bush SD; Rudd JA, II; Stevens MT; Tanner KD; Williams, KS.
Widespread distribution and unexpected variation among science faculty with education specialties (SFES) across the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110(18): 7170-7175, 2013.

Rudd JA, II; Wang1 VZ; Cervato C; Ridky RW.
Calibrated Peer Review assignments for the Earth sciences Journal of Geoscience Education, 57(5): 328-334, 2009.
1undergraduate student author

Bush SD; Rudd JA, II; Stevens MT; Tanner KD; Williams, KS.
Science Faculty with Education Specialties: A Cross-Disciplinary Research Study. Science, 322(5909): 1795-1796, 2008.

Cervato C; Rudd JA, II; Wang1 VZ.
Diagnostic Testing of Introductory Geology Students. Journal of Geoscience Education, 55(5): 357-363, 2007.
1undergraduate student author

Rudd JA, II; Greenbowe TJ; Hand, B.
Using the Science Writing Heuristic to improve student understanding of general equilibrium. Journal of Chemical Education (research section), 84(12): 2007-2011, 2007.

Additional peer-reviewed publications (6 papers): Bioscience (2015), CBE-Life Sciences Education (2011, 2006), Journal of College Science Teaching (2001/2002), Journal of Chemical Education (2001), Inorganica Chimica Acta (1995). 

 

Presentations

Rudd JA, II; Lin YI; Son JY.
“Asymmetric student aptitude in translating between macroscale, nanoscale, and symbolic representations in chemistry”
An invited seminar presentation at California State University-Pomona, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Pomona, CA, January 16, 2015.

Rudd J; Sharp P; Son J; Ney C; Connors D; Tikkanen W.
“Integrated STEM education: From silos to collaboration”
A contributed poster at the Annual Meeting of the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework Project, San Gabriel, CA, April 4, 2013.

Rudd J; Gonzalez BL.
“The Challenge of Assessing the Value of Undergraduate Research Experiences”
An invited presentation at the National PUI Research Conference “Enhancing Biological Science Research Opportunities at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs): Advancing Discovery While Training the Next Generation of Scientists,” Fullerton, CA, July 28, 2012.

Rudd JA, II; Bush SD; Stevens MT; Tanner KD; Williams, KS
“Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES): Highlighting Chemistry SFES”
An invited poster at the 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Davidson, NC, June 29, 2011.

Rudd JA, II; Bush SD; Stevens MT; Tanner KD; Williams, KS
“Status Report on Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) addressing U.S. science education needs”
An invited poster at the 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Waterville, ME, June 23, 2009.

Rudd JA, II.
“Writing to learn science using Calibrated Peer Review”
An invited seminar presentation at California State University-Long Beach, Department of Science Education, Long Beach, CA, May 7, 2008.

Additional conference presentations (16 presentations from 1999 – 2012): National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (6 contributed), Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (3 contributed), Iowa Academy of Science (2 contributed), CSU science departments (2 invited), National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference (1 contributed), Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (1 invited), Ontological, Epistemological, Linguistic and Pedagogical Considerations of Language and Science Literacy: Empowering Research and Informing Instruction (1 invited). 

 

Funded Projects

Director and Principal Investigator for STEM Education Consortium
US Department of Education, First in the World Program P116F150055; 2.8m; October 2015-active.

Director for Building Bridges to Math and Science Teaching
Office of the Chancellor, California State University, Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI); 185k; May 2015-active.

Special Assistant to the President of California State University-Los Angeles for Science Initiatives
Office of the President/Academic Affairs; July 2015-December 2016.

Director for Next Generation Science Standards Faculty Learning Community
Office of the Chancellor, California State University; 30k; March 2013-May 2014.

Principal Investigator for Investigating Academic Climates and Institutional Contexts for Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) across the U.S.
National Science Foundation DUE TUES Central Resource 1228657; 77k; September 2012-September 2015.

 

 

SERVICE

 

California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Honors College Steering Committee (2016 – current)
Chair, Student Policy Committee (2015 – 2016, committee member 2013-2016)
Faculty Senator, Academic Senate (2013 – 2016)
Director, Natural Science Program (2009 – current)
Credential Advisor, Single Subject Science Teaching Credential (2008 – current)
Chair, Educational Policy Committee (2007-2008, committee member 2006 – 2008)

Marshal for University Commencement and Honors Convocation
Poster judge for Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities
Presenter and organizer for on-campus, K-12 outreach activities
Volunteer, substitute member for Natural and Social Sciences Academic Resources Committee and the committee liaison to the College Steering Committee

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Past member of the following department committees: Assessment (Chair), Elections (Chair), Department Retreat Planning, Graduate Program Admissions, Graduate Studies, Instructional Affairs, Part-Time Faculty (Lecturer) Review, Personnel (Tenure-track Faculty) Review A, Personnel (Tenure-track Faculty) B.

General Chemistry Coordinator (2003 – 2010)

Science Education Community (regional and national)

Board member, Southern California PKAL Regional Network (2014 – current)
External reviewer, Natural Science Program, CSU Bakersfield (2011)
Professional development workshop presenter, Writing to Learn Science, Western Regional Noyce Conference, Ontario, CA (2009)
Facilitator, PI session on Noyce Scholarship Program Issues, Western Regional Noyce Conference, Pomona, CA (2008)
Professional development workshop presenter, Instructional Support Division, Secondary Science, Los Angeles Unified School District (2007 – 2009)
Professional development consultant (volunteer), Stern Math and Science School, W (2006 – 2009)
Co-Chair, poster session for the 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Ames, IA (2004)
Chair, paper symposium for the 38th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Long Beach, CA (2003)

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS & EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Professional positions at California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2016 – current
Director and PI, STEM Education Consortium, First in the World Program, US Department of Education

2015 – current
Director and Professor, Natural Science Program; Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2015 – current
Director, Math and Science Teacher Initiative (Cal State LA), Office of the Chancellor, California State University

2012 – 2013
Co-Director, Math and Science Teacher Initiative (Cal State LA), Office of the Chancellor, California State University

2009 – 2015
Director, Natural Science Program; Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2003 – 2010
General Chemistry Coordinator, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2003 – 2009
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; faculty member in Natural Science Program

Educational Background

Postdoctoral research associate, University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty mentor: Dr. Arlene A. Russell, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry (Chemistry Education), Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Faculty mentor: Dr. Thomas J. Greenbowe, Department of Chemistry
Dissertation Title: The effect of restructuring student writing in the general chemistry laboratory on student understanding of chemistry and on students’ approach to the laboratory course

M.S. Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry), Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Faculty mentor: Dr. Gordon J. Miller, Department of Chemistry
Dissertation Title: Synthesis of new organoniobium compounds and model hydrodesulfurization complexes

B.S. Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
Faculty mentor: Dr. Mitsura Kubota, Department of Chemistry
Dissertation Title: Oxidative-addition studies of carbonyltris(triphenylphosphine) iridate (-1)