Phil currently teaches one of three different courses: Honors General Chemistry for undergraduates (CHEM 110H); Nucleic Acids Chemistry for graduate and advanced undergraduate students (CHEM 572), and guest lectures in Plant Biology (PLBIO512).
- CHEM 110B Chemical Principles —Fall 2017
This is the biological contextualization of CHEM110.
- PLBIO 512 Plant Resource Acquisition and Utilization —Fall 2017
This is an introductory course to plant biology taught to first year plant biology students. Phil gives three guest lectures on roles of RNA in regulating gene expression in plants.
- CHEM 572 Nucleic Acids Chemistry —Spring 2018
This course is an overview of nucleic acid chemistry and its application in biology. It is taken primarily by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in Chemistry, BMB, Biology and related departments.
Awards & Honors
- Penn State News Article by Katie Jacobs Bohn on Phil’s teaching with technology. Written from an interview after the 2016 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (March 2016).
- Phil was selected as a 2015 Tombros fellow of the Center for Excellence in Science Education (CESE) to develop new teaching methods for honors introductory chemistry (CHEM 110H). Please visit newly developed CHEM 110H screencasts (sample YouTube) and demo movies (sample1 sample2 YouTube) to aid learning. Full playlist of CHEM 110H screencasts and demos are available as well. He derives inspiration from discussing education with his high school daughter.
- He was awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given out annually to a faculty member in the Eberly College of Science who makes a significant impact on students through their interactions.
- In addition to teaching courses, Phil interacted with undergraduate students through the Distinguished Honors Faculty Program in the Schreyer Honors College for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years. This program allowed Phil to directly interact with students from a wide variety of majors and interests over casual dinners, outdoor activities, and in small-groups, enabling diverse conversations to develop that would not take place in a classroom under normal circumstances.
- The lab has also been actively involved in providing workshops to the Millennium Scholar program at Penn State and participating in the summer SEECoS program at Penn State. In 2015, Laura, Kyle, Jamie, and Erica helped run Chemistry workshops for the new Millennium cohort.
- He was also named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar (2001) and received an NSF CAREER Award (2001). Both awards have a significant teaching component.