401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
Education: 2014 The University of Tampa, B.S.
2018 University of South Florida, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Career Specialties: Rebecca Gibbons is a chemist who performs chemistry education research; this means that her goal is to discern how we can improve the teaching and learning of chemistry. Her area of expertise is quantitative research, including assessment of learning outcomes and measurement of non-cognitive factors like motivation and emotions.
Professional and Community Activities:
Gibbons will not be conducting research as a part of her role at The University of Tampa, but she has conducted a variety of research activities during her graduate program, which inform her instructional practice.
Her research has explored the relationship between affective factors (i.e., emotions) and achievement in the organic chemistry classroom. In this research, it was discerned that emotions such as enjoyment, anxiety and boredom influence examination performance in organic chemistry, particularly at the beginning of the semester. This work has been published in journals such as Educational Psychology and discussed at national and international conferences.
Another series of research projects that she has completed have explored the use of evidence-based instructional practices in chemistry classrooms at postsecondary institutions. These studies have explored the use of classroom response systems, known as clickers, and discerned that large courses taught at the lower level are an appropriate setting for this technological tool. Another study demonstrated an association between faculty member beliefs about how learning occurs and the activities they employ in the classroom. These results have been published in the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
As a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its Division of Chemical Education, she has been appointed to and serve on the Younger Chemistry Education Scholars Committee. This committee works to increase awareness of chemistry education research as a field for undergraduate students and support graduate student research. In this role, she has hosted and presided at symposia at national conferences in service to the ACS and the Division.