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Stacey Lowery Bretz

Dr. Bretz's research expertise includes the development of assessments to characterize students’ understanding of multiple representations (particulate, symbolic, and macroscopic) and learning in the chemistry laboratory. Of particular interest is method development to generate cognitive dissonance, including protocols for establishing the reliability and validity of these measures. She has 98 peer-reviewed publications, given 175 invited seminars, and been awarded external funding in excess of $5M to support her research.

Dr. Bretz is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Council on Education. She won the 2020 ACS Award for Achievement in Research on Teaching and Learning of Chemistry. She is Chair-Elect of the ACS Division of Chemical Education. She served on the National Academy of Science National Research Council Committee on Discipline-Based Education Research. She chaired the Gordon Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice in 2005 and has been an invited speaker at this conference four times. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the American Chemical Society Examinations Institute from 2002-2015; she served as Chair of the Board from 2009-2014. She was honored as Chemist of the Year by the ACS Cincinnati Local Section in 2015.

Dr. Bretz was honored with Miami University’s highest faculty distinction: the Benjamin Harrison Medallion in 2020 and both of Miami University’s highest awards for teaching: the E. Phillips Knox Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 2009 and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring in 2013. She is a co-author on two general chemistry textbooks that feature pedagogy developed from her research on assessment: Chemistry (6thedition) and Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach (3rd edition), both published by W.W. Norton