Journal of Chemical Education Call for Papers: Special Issue on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice

Leyte L. Winfield, Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy, Florastina Payton-Stewart, Jennifer Nielson, Ann C. Kimble-Hill, Edgar A. Arriaga

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The Journal of Chemical Education announces a call for papers for an upcoming special issue on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in chemistry education research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3915-3918
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 10 2020

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Florastina Payton-Stewart is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Faculty Administrative Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion at Xavier University of Louisiana for the XULA STrIDES NSF ADVANCE grant. Dr. Payton-Stewart is a professor, mentor, and advisor to students as well as junior faculty. She is a synthetic organic chemist with experience in both academia and industry. Her research projects involve design, synthesis, characterization, and biological screening of novel anticancer agents, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Payton-Stewart’s current work focuses on identifying, implementing, and supporting institutional transformation centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She is a member of the National Institutes of Health Scientific Workforce Diversity Advisory Committee to the Director, a Keystone 2017 Fellow, a 2017 alumna of HERS, and a 2018 alumna of the AAC&U PKAL STEM Leadership Institute. In addition to research, teaching, publishing in bioorganic chemistry, and working on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, Dr. Payton-Stewart currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy is the Associate Professor of Research in Chemistry Education and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion within the College of Science at Louisiana State University. Dr. Wilson-Kennedy is a computational chemist whose current research investigates the persistence of individuals from all backgrounds in STEM higher education and careers, with regard to faculty and student recruitment, retention, and success. She has been a principal investigator or coinvestigator on over $30 million in extramural support with funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and other agencies. Dr. Wilson-Kennedy is the lead editor of a recent book, Broadening Participation in STEM: Effective Methods, Practices, and Programs, and coeditor of Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence. She is a charter member of the Society of STEM Women of Color and the Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women as well as a founding contributor to the American Chemical Society Women Chemists of Color Initiative and former chair of the Minority Chemist Subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations. In 2019, Dr. Wilson-Kennedy was chosen for the NOBCChE Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Award for her display of leadership, scientific achievements, and community service throughout her STEM career. In addition to being the principal investigator on an NSF-funded S-STEM SOARS project and co-principal investigator of a recent NSF ADVANCE Catalyst project, Dr. Wilson-Kennedy currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Ann C. Kimble-Hill is an assistant research professor of biochemistry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the program coordinator for the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP). Dr. Kimble-Hill is a biophysical chemist, using techniques such as small angle scattering, X-ray crystallography, and fluorescence microscopy/spectroscopy to understand dynamic protein–lipid interactions involved in tumorigenesis with specific interests in impacts related to racial health disparities. She also has research and practice interests in methodologies toward developing diverse trainee self-efficacy and broadening recruitment to/participation in the STEM pipeline. She is a trained facilitator of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Entering Research curriculum and also facilitates diversity education workshops across the IU campuses. She provides research experiences and mentoring to students in several programs, including the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE), the IUPUI Life-Health Science Internship Program (LHSI), Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP), Project Seed, and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Her research efforts have been funded in part by the National Institutes of Health as well as several sources within the Indiana University system. She has served also on several nonprofit boards and committees, including being the principal investigator for several foundation grants to support and organizing the Midwest Biotech Conferences—National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). She also holds several governance roles for ACS, including chair of the Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA), and is a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect Advisory Board and the joint taskforce with SACNAS on broadening ACS partnerships.

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  • Broadening Participation
  • Cultural Relevance
  • Curriculum
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Laboratory Instruction
  • Learning Theories
  • Marginalized Populations
  • STEM Pathways
  • Women in Chemistry


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