Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jerry Suits

Jerry Suits

Jerry Suits

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone
970-351-1169
Fax
970-351-2533
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado

Campus Box 98
Greeley, CO 80639

Education

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine (Curricular Enhancement)
Ph.D. - University of Texas, Austin (Science Education)
M.S. - Southwest Texas State University (Biochemistry)
B.S.Ed. - New Mexico State University (Secondary Education in Chemistry and Physics)

Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Suits' research focuses on the factors that affect how students learn chemistry. He has found that most students tend to be memorizers (a learning style) until they have acquired a certain amount of chemical knowledge (a critical mass) that allows them to become conceptualizers (i.e., they are able to form concepts out of facts and rules). Conversely, some learners continue to use only memorization skills that rely on algorithms rather than thinking strategies. All of these cognitive processes are probably interlaced with affective processes, that is, learners either appreciate the real world applications of chemistry or they avoid this integration.

Currently, Dr. Suits is studying the following research topics:

Graduate students tend to focus on only one of these topics during their graduate studies. This "focus" allows them to be capable of teaching chemistry with a greater awareness of the different ways that students approach learning chemistry topics, or to conduct their own independent research agendas.

Publications/Creative Works