Beyond Benign hosts faculty members to work on resources and awareness for the Green Chemistry Commitment program. Fellows work for one or two semesters with Beyond Benign staff to lead programs within the Green Chemistry Commitment. A stipend may be available depending on defined work. Faculty members can work in one or more of the following areas:
- Green Chemistry Resource and Curriculum Development: Work on curriculum resources that are relevant to your teaching and course work, while also connecting with the greater Green Chemistry community, or connect with Beyond Benign to work on current curricular resource projects that are on-going within the Green Chemistry Commitment program.
- Green Chemistry Commitment Communications: Work with Beyond Benign to help us get the word out about the program and to connect with other like-minded organizations and faculty members in the field to bring about greater change.
- Green Chemistry Workshops and Symposia: Collaborate with Beyond Benign staff, and GCC faculty members to create Green Chemistry workshops and symposia at regional and national meetings. Workshops and symposia can include topics on green chemistry and toxicology to facilitate further adoption of these concepts into chemistry courses and programs.
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Preference will be made to faculty from GCC signing institutions
The faculty member does not have to relocate to Beyond Benign headquarters, but can be located at their home institution during their sabbatical
The faculty members background must fit with current open opportunities or support their new idea in line with Beyond Benign’s mission.
Dr. John De Backere, University of Toronto (Greener Chemistry Laboratory Faculty Fellow 2020 – 2021)
Dr. De Backere recently joined the University of Toronto Chemistry Department and will be working to re-develop and align the Inorganic curriculum in the department with the department’s Green Chemistry and systems thinking approach. As the Greener Chemistry Laboratory Faculty Fellow for 2020 – 2021, he will continue developing greener laboratory exercises for use in undergraduate teaching labs. His expertise in the field of inorganic chemistry and greener laboratory development will be valuable for our work towards a resource guide for general and inorganic lab courses with support from MilliporeSigma.
Dr. Julian Silverman, Manhattan College (Toxicology for Chemists Fellow 2020 – 2021)
Dr. Silverman is a dedicated Green Chemist who has recently begun teaching in an undergraduate Environmental Science program and is eager to continue to connect introductory coursework to relevant and important toxicological concepts. As the Toxicology for Chemists Fellow for 2020-2021, he will integrate toxicology concepts from modules developed as part of the Toxicology for Chemists: Designing Safer Chemicals program into his existing environmental science and chemistry courses. Dr. Silverman is interested in discussing toxicology basics as a way to frame popular topics in general chemistry (e.g. ideal gas law and air pollution, acid-base theory, and acid rain) and developing exercises and online tools (leveraging life-cycle techniques) to evaluate chemicals and procedural choices. Learn more about Dr. Silverman’s approach in his recent publication Evaluating Feedstocks, Processes, and Products in the Teaching Laboratory: A Framework for Students To Use Metrics to Design Greener Chemistry Experiments in J. Chem. Educ.
Dr. Douglas Raynie, South Dakota State University (Toxicology for Chemists Fellow 2020 – 2021)
Dr. Raynie has been an active member of the Toxicology Working Group and now serves as an Advisory Group Member for the Toxicology for Chemists program. As the Toxicology for Chemists Fellow for 2020 – 2021, he will utilize and test the new toxicology modules developed as part of the Toxicology for Chemists: Designing Safer Chemicals program in his existing Chemical Toxicology course. The modules are open-access toxicology resources for use within chemistry courses aimed at educating the next generation of scientists to design chemical products that are safer and healthier for humans and the environment. His expertise in teaching toxicology and experience assessing students’ attitudes towards chemical toxicity will be valuable in this work. Learn more about Dr. Raynie’s Chemical Toxicology course at South Dakota State University.
Dr. Dalila Kovacs, Grand Valley State University (Summer 2017 – Summer 2018)
Dr. Kovacs worked with our Toxicology Working Group to develop open-access toxicology resources for use within chemistry courses. Her goals were to develop resources for use at her own institution, while also creating materials that can be used throughout the chemistry community. Learn more about the undergraduate course in contemporary toxicology developed by Dr. Kovacs and the Chemistry Department at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with assistance and participation from the Dow Chemical Company Toxicology and Environment Research and Consulting department (DOW-TERC). Dr. Kovacs remains working with Beyond Benign, serving as an Advisory Group Member and curriculum developer for the Toxicology for Chemists program.
Professor Irv Levy, Gordon College (Spring – Summer 2016)
Professor Levy worked with us on developing a Green Chemistry Resource Guide for the Organic Chemistry Course (in partnership with MilliporeSigma) and also traveling around the country meeting other faculty members and advocating the teaching of green chemistry in undergraduate programs and sharing the opportunities available through the Green Chemistry Commitment. Professor Levy remains working with Beyond Benign as a faculty liaison and board member.