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Amy Johnson, Ph.D.

503B Mark Jefferson Science Complex


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Ph.D. Science Education. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2007. Dissertation: The beliefs and practices of general chemistry students and faculty members regarding knowledge transfer: A phenomenographic study.

M.S. Chemistry (Chemical Education), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2001.  Thesis: Distance education: Bridging the gap between chemistry and chemical engineering.

B.A. Chemistry with ACS Certification, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1998.

Interests and Expertise

My research interests are in the field of chemical education. I am interested in exploring the variety of ways that students think about, learn, and apply chemical knowledge, both in the classroom and in the lab. In particular, I am fascinated by the phenomenon of knowledge transfer, or the process by which students can take information learned in one context and apply it to another.


Odeleye, O.O., & Johnson, A.F. (Manuscript submitted for publication). The relationship between students’ definitions of chemistry and their attitudes towards the discipline. Journal of Chemical Education.

Johnson, A.F. (in press). Chemistry for elementary and middle school teachers. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.

Armitage, R.A., Bates, J., Johnson, A.F., & Lindsay, H. (2011). A creative scientific inquiry experience in organic chemistry and quantitative analysis: Pharmaceuticals in the river raisin. In M.A. Benvenuto, E. S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, M. N. Murray, and D. M. Garshott (Eds.), It’s all in the water: Studies of materials and conditions in fresh and salt water bodies (pp. 51-60). Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.

Johnson, A.F., & Rutherford, S. (2010). Transfer of knowledge in science courses for elementary education  majors. Journal of College Science Teaching. 39(4), 80-88.

Honors and Awards

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award, Teaching I, 2010

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
National Association for Research in Science Teaching
National Science Teachers Association

Courses Taught

CHEM 101: Chemistry for Elementary Teachers
CHEM 115: Chemistry and Society
CHEM 121 and 122: General Chemistry I lecture and lab
CHEM 312: Teaching Elementary Chemistry
CHEM 407: Nature of Science for Elementary Teachers

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold