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Nathalie Rocher

Nathalie Rocher

Nathalie Rocher

Assistant Professor

Instructional Faculty
Office: SLSRC 1610

B.S., 1999, University of Clermont Auvergne, France 
M.S., 2000, University of Clermont Auvergne, France 
Ph.D., 2006, University of Oklahoma
Postdoc, 2007-2008, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 

After spending a couple of years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, working with IR, Raman, and solid-state NMR to further the understanding of materials used in solid-state batteries, solar cells, and corrosion prevention, Dr. Rocher’s interests gravitated towards undergraduate teaching of Chemistry.

Utilizing the "Hands-On" pedagogy, her lectures aim to provide a strong foundation in chemistry by featuring problem solving methodologies along with concrete examples, in order to make a direct connection between the subject matter and practical applications in the real world. The objective of her lectures is to provide a positive, supportive, and interactive learning environment where students are taking charge of their learning process.

Future research will include studying the effectiveness of Interactive classroom techniques at the undergraduate level. Areas of interest to be investigated are: Intensive use of interactive classroom devices, Focus on collaborative work within the context of the lecture and classroom, Self-assessment of student progress as a method of incentivization.