Phone: (936) 294-2556
Office: CFS 114
Department of Chemistry
Sam Houston State University
1003 Bowers Blvd.
Huntsville, Texas 77340
Adrian Villalta-Cerdas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry - Sam Houston State University
B.S. 2008 - University of Costa Rica
Ph.D. 2014 - University of South Florida
In my chemistry education research, I focus on learning strategies that foster scientific skill development in lecture and laboratory settings in chemistry courses at college level.
One of my research projects focuses on the effect of self-explaining on chemistry conceptual learning. The purpose of the project is to fill the void in knowledge regarding the use of self-explaining in the natural ecology of introductory chemistry courses. The project is important to provide evidence that self-explaining can be an active component of learning in the sciences at the college level.
Principal Investigator: Teaching Innovation Grants (TIGs) - Implementation of self-explaining-based learning in Chemical Quantitative Analysis: improving conceptual understanding and scientific skills via active learning and performance expectations, Sam Houston State University, 2018 – 2019. Funding: $5,400.
Principal Investigator: College of Science and Engineering Technology - Summer Research Award - Design of novel lab experiences for Organic Chemistry at SHSU, Sam Houston State University, 2018. Funding: $2,500.
Principal Investigator: Teaching Innovation Grants (TIGs) - Redesign of course, instruction and assessment of chemical kinetics in General Chemistry II: improving student learning via active, practice-oriented performance expectations, Sam Houston State University, 2017 – 2018. Funding: $6,000.
Educational Assessment Specialist – Senior Personnel: “A Comprehensive Model for Improving the Success of STEM Majors through the STEM Center.” DUE - IUSE-Development & Implem Institut & Comm Transform, 2017-2020. Funding: $2,028,798.