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Pivot to online learning: Reflections of the first-year professor

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

As colleges and universities dissect the events of the spring semester and grapple with preparations for the upcoming academic year, the focus has been on students’ outcomes and experiences, as it should be, however the crisis has also posed significant professional challenges for faculty. Particularly, early career tenure-seeking faculty have been placed in a precarious position as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, teaching responsibilities were increased as classes shifted to online learning, and progress in research and service components was retarded. Broadly, administrators have been responsive to the crisis and have offered one-year tenure extensions. Here, I will share my experience as first-year chemistry professor pivoting to remote teaching, research and service; 1) what I learned, 2) what I will improve and 3) what I plan to do for the fall semester.


Farai C Gombedza

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Purdue University NW
Dr. Farai C. Gombedza is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Chemistry and Physics Department at Purdue University Northwest. Dr. Gombedza joined Purdue University in the fall of 2019 after completing a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. He earned his MS and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Akron. His research interests include elucidating cellular signaling events in lung and kidney diseases and innovation in chemical education.