These are meant as examples of the form a cv update takes, of the kinds of activities that one should consider including, and of the type of explanation of individual items that can be helpful. The number of items included will, of course, vary from person to person and according to the stage of one's career. [These particular cv updates were volunteered by the following faculty for inclusion in this guide.]

JAN. 1, 1996 - DEC. 31, 1996

[Bob Kooser was the Philip Sidney Post Professor of Chemistry and taught at Knox from 1968 until his death in 1998.]


[Put here only things that have actually appeared in print in the last calendar year. Things still in the pipeline go under "Scholarship in Progress."]

Mossman, D.M.; Kooser, R.G.; Welch, L.E. "The Complexometric Determination of Ca and Mg in Limestone Using a Laser Photometer for Endpoint Identification" J. Chem. Ed. 73 (1996), 82.

I was the idea man and proof reader, Welch did the writing, bulk of the work and general supervision and Dan did the experimental development.

Significant Developments in Teaching
Continued to work on the no-lecture method of teaching chemistry.

Co-authored with L. E. Welch a module to teach the general chemistry portion on equilibrium using the chemistry and excitement of caves. This is a novel unit in that it treats the chemistry rigorously at the general chemistry level, but also uses many exciting visual aids dealing with caves, group problem solving all bracketed around cave chemistry, and innovative discovery laboratories and demonstrations. This is certainly the most important development I have done in teaching in at least a dozen years. It will be tested in my Chemistry 102 class this winter term. This project was sponsored through the ChemLinks consortium funded by NSF and run by Brock Spencer out of Beloit College.

Scholarship in Progress

a. No papers submitted or pending.

b. Working in the general area of the microscopic behavior of materials that have practical use.

The most successful and on-going project is in the area of the molecular understanding of how analytical separations occur (critical to chemistry is, when faced with a mixture which almost always is the case, how do you separate it into its components and then how do you identify each part? The most powerful current way of doing this is by a technique called chromatography and very little is known what happens on the molecular level.). In my work, I use electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), currently the only worker to use this technique on the above described systems. The current hot project is how the modification of the stationary phase in chromatography by alcohols reduces equilibration times. This began three years ago with work by Rod Tan.

In addition to the work on materials systems, I have had an ongoing interest in molecular interactions. Specifically, I am looking at "lock and key" interactions, similar to, but not identical to enzyme-substrate interactions in biochemistry. We have studied two systems, cyclodextrins and UR molecules. Both these molecules are loosely waste basket shaped without the bottom. Smaller molecules can insert themselves in the hollow basket. The questions we are asking is what kind of molecular structures make a molecule insert while others do not. Again, we are using ESR spectroscopy as the analytical tool. The most recent work was by Jen Cook in her Honors work in 1995-1996.

Participation in Programs of Learned Societies and Other Professional Activities.

Reviewed 3 articles for the Journal of Chemical Education for the American Chemical Society (3 individual consultations)

Career consultant

Team Teaching [It is not at all expected that everyone team teaches, but if you do, its nice to know about it and it helps in the interpreting of evaluations from those courses.]


Honors Projects, Independent Study courses
Jennifer Cook; chemistry, Honors 1996 project supervisor
Mark Lehmann; chemistry, Honors 1996, committee member
I am also a member of the 1996-1997 Honors committees of Samantha Smith, Mary Frances Gavin and Kristie Clark.

Consultant with Mark Brodl on the USDA project to unravel the membrane fluidity changes that happen in barley seed layers when subjected to heat shock. Mark's work is to understand what happens at all levels of current biology: molecular, organizational and biochemical. We are trying to use ESR spectroscopy with spin probes to uncover differences in membrane fluidity from different heat shock methods. Two students who report primarily to Mark are Sonia Matthews and Nate Sloan. This year I am a consultant on their Honors committees. My role is to help the students design an experimental protocol that will yield the information we seek.

I currently have eight first-year advisees and I also absorbed approximately 8-10 of Janet Kirkley's advisees because she was on sabbatical fall term.

Significant "Other Service" to Knox
a. Department Chair for chemistry and biochemistry from June to December.

b. Worked on the NSF facilities grant as the chemistry department representative. Developed and wrote the chemistry department's contribution with the consultation from Larry Westrum.

c. Ran an IBHE ( Illinois Board of Higher Education) workshop for high school chemistry teachers on the use of cooperative learning and digital interfacing in the high school curriculum. This is the fifth year that my colleagues at IL Springfield and Western IL have conducted these week long workshops. They have brought more than two dozen regional high school teachers to our campus to carry out experiments with modern instrumentation that local districts can not afford. The program is financed through a competitive grant from Eisenhower Title II funds.

d. Co-authored another Eisenhower Title II grant to finance a workshop next summer for high school teachers on intensive co-operative learning techniques.

e. Conducted numerous scholarship interviews for admission.

Community service
Wrote with consultation from Margaret McFall, WECEP co-ordinator, a successful WECEP grant for $19,500 to support her program in work experience for the 9th and 10th graders at GHS. I spent a whole weekend writing this without watching one single football game.


[Rich Christen, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, taught at Knox from 1994-1998, when he accepted a position at another institution]

Christen, Richard S., "Learning and the Professional: Images of Clerics, Physicians, and Lawyers in the Seventeenth-Century English Character Literature" in Telling Images: The Ages of Life and Learning. Edited by Ayers Bagley and Alison M. Saunders. Minneapolis, MN: The Emblem Studies Group, University of Minnesota, 1996. [Should include page numbers too.]

Christen, Richard S., "Satirical Images of the Scholar in the Seventeenth-Century English Character Literature." In A Meere Scholler: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Our Educational Heritage. Edited by Lucy Forsyth Townsend, V. Lee Sterling, and Laura L. Bunte. DeKalb, IL: LEPS Press, University of Northern Illinois, 1996.

Significant Developments in Teaching
EdStudies 310: Perspectives on Curriculum: Major revision of the course to clarify the transition from curriculum theory to classroom practice (syllabus attached).
EdStudies 318: Curriculum Development and Teaching in the Secondary School: Revision of the practicum experience to provide students with more teaching opportunities and to include 10-15 hours of instruction by public school teachers at the school site (description attached).

Scholarship in Progress
Book Review of Richard E. Sullivan, ed., "The Gentle Voices of Teachers": Aspects of Learning in the Carolingian Age (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1995). Forthcoming in the History of Education Quarterly.

Article submitted for Review by the History of Education Quarterly: "Dissemblers and Masters: Images of Teachers in the Seventeenth-Century Character Literature." [It's helpful to add a sentence or two explaining the significance of a particular piece of your work and how it fits into your scholarly agenda.]

Paper to be Presented at the 1997 AERA Annual Meeting: "The Pen's Excellencie: Images of the Seventeenth-Century English Writing Masters."

Participation in Programs of Learned Societies and Other Activities Participated in Consultant Training for The College Board Building Success Program, a program designed to prepare middle school and early high school students for success in Advanced Placement and college preparation courses, December 12-14.

Consultant for The College Board Advanced Placement European History Program. Conducted workshops in Omaha, NE., Cincinnati, OH., and St. Paul, MN.

Recipient of a Knox College Faculty Initiative Grant, supporting a project involving the identification, description, and organization of materials related to the history of education in the Knox College Library archives.

Advised 45 Educational Studies Majors during Fall Term, 1996.

Significant "Other Service" to Knox
Acting Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Fall Term, 1996.

Task Force Member, Knox College/American Council on Education Project on Leadership and Institutional Transformation. Chair of the Faculty Development Work Group.

Committee Member, Academic Affairs Committee

Knox Representative and Executive Committee Member, Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Education Program

Director, Basic Education Skills Tutoring Program, a program that provides academic tutoring and cultural activities for Galesburg, IL middle school students who are performing poorly and at a risk of academic failure.

Grant Application to the Twenty-First Century Foundation to Partially Fund the Basic Education Skills Tutoring Program.

Sociology-Anthropology Search Committee, Outside Member

Associate Dean of Students Search Committee, Outside Member

Faculty Tutor for the Knox College McNair Early Entry Fellowship Program, a program that provides support for students interested in graduate school and from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in higher education.

Admissions Work (June 1995-May 1996)
11 Academic Scholarship Interviews
16 Faculty Contacts with Students Interested in Educational Studies
Attended Event Luncheons and Dinners; Allowed Class Visit

Community Service
Selection Committee, Galesburg-area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year