Faculty Data Sheet
Dr. David R. Burgess

Rivier University
Rank: Full Professor


Brigham Young UniversityChemistry/MathB.S.1976
Iowa State UniversityPhysical ChemistryPh.D.1982

Teaching Experience

1976-1982Iowa State UniversityPhysical Chemistry Lab (3 yrs)
General Chemistry Lab (1 yr)
1982-1985Marycrest CollegeGeneral Chemistry I, II (with lab)
College Physics I, II (with lab)
Intro. Physical Chemistry (with lab)
Quantitative Analysis (with lab)
Senior Seminar
Independent Study
1985-PresentRivier UniversityGeneral Chemistry I, II (with lab)
Physics I, II (with lab)
Intro. Physical Chemistry (with lab)
Physical Chemistry I, II (with lab)
Quantitative Analysis (with lab)
Principles of Chemistry (with lab)
Intro. To Physical Science (with lab)
Basic Physics (with lab)
Special Topics
Directed Study
Exploring the Internet
EveryDay Science
Using HTML to Build Web Pages
Crazy Ideas and Scientific Theories
Science Professional Development
Exploring Our World
Principles of Chemistry (Hybrid)

Institutional Promotion Record

1982-1985Assistant ProfessorMarycrest College
1983-1985Chair: Dept. of Chem. & PhysicsMarycrest College
1984-1985Chair: Div. of Natural Sci & MathMarycrest College
1985-1988Assistant ProfessorRivier University
1988-1990Chair: Dept. of ChemistryRivier University
1989-1996Associate ProfessorRivier University
1990-2004Co-Chair: Dept. of ChemistryRivier University
1992Awarded TenureRivier University
1996Awarded Full ProfessorRivier University
2004Chair: Dept. of ChemistryRivier University

Faculty Senate
Assess the Senate Sub-committee (chair)
Technology/Online Courses
Distinct Undergraduate Degree
Academic Standards Quality Circle
Faculty Forum Curriculum (chair)
SUS Council
Assess the Major Sub-committee (chair)
Hazardous Materials Monitoring
Appeals Board
Discovery Advising Team
Faculty Search Committees
Writing Across the Curriculum
Academic Policies and Practices
Academic Affairs Advisor Council
Persistence Quality Circle
College Wide Assessment
Pre-professional Health Sciences Advisory Board
Faculty Forum Exploratory Committee
Graduate Council
Faculty Development
Outstanding Student Award
Resident Assistant Selection
Faculty Development Grant Proposal Comm.
Undeclared Student Advising Committee
Sample of Workshops, Institutes, Conferences
Design of Learning Objects in General Chemistry
Computers in the Laboratory Classroom
Teaching and Practice of Respect
Using Material Science in Introductory Chemistry
Problem Solving Across the Curriculum (presenter)
Teaching Institute (presenter)
Problem Solving Across the Curriculum (presenter)
Student Engagement in the Entry Level Science Course (poster)
NEACT Summer Conference (presenter)
National Conference on Problem Solving (presenter)
National Teacher's Institute (presenter)
Hands-On Chemistry Activities Workshop
Chemical Hygiene Workshop
General Chemistry in the 21st Century
Advanced Problem Solving Using PC:SOLVE (presenter)
Problem Solving Across the Curriculum (presenter)
National American Chemical Society Convention
Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
Three day FTIR training
Atomic Absorption Workshop
AAAS Convention
Advances in Gas Chromatography Workshop
FTIR Spectrophotometry
The Role of the Laboratory in Chemistry Teaching
Coastal Carolina University
Roxbury Community College
UNH, Durham
U. Lowell
Hobart & William Smith
Univ. of New England, ME
Wells College
Union College
Rivier College
Wells College
Aurora, NY
Simmons College
Notre Dame College
Worcester, MA
Aurora, NY
Wells College
Boston, MA
Manchester, NH
Madison, WI
Nashua, NH
Boston, MA
Boston College
Newton, MA
Worcester Polytech
Sample of Professional Activities
Book Reviewer (Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill)
Member of the Nashua School District Curriculum Council (6 yrs)
Chemical research consultant for Howtek, Inc. of Hudson, NH
Evaluator for secondary education majors in chemistry
Faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Chemical Society
Faculty advisor for Chemistry Majors
Certified reflective judgment interviewer (an assessment tool)
Member of the Merrimack River Quality Monitoring Steering Committee and Technical Subcommittee
Author, editor, and print layout/design consultant for Science Discovery Books at Captivation, Inc.
Webmaster for the Chemistry Department, StudentWorldTeacher.net, and several small companies

Sample Scholarly Activities

Content/Course Development
Development of new homework problem sets, with solutions, for General Chemisty (online, 2014)
Online content development for the hybrid course Principles of Chemistry
Online content development for the course Exploring Our World
Online professional development for elementary and middle school teachers
Online graduate course development: PHY901, PHY902, PHY905, CHE901, CHE902
Online course development: Principles of Chemistry, Crazy Ideas and Scientific Theories, EveryDay Science
Online course material development: All courses have a web site (syllabus, homework, links, etc.)
Continued update of skills in HTML, PERL, ASP, Javascript, Unix, Office, Page Maker, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
Plus one service learning course combining science and philosophy (co-developer)
Basic Skills Across the Curriculum Development (not implemented)
Incorporation of basic logic into core science courses
Physics I and II online text with new homework problems, author, web designer (2013)
Exploring Our World, about 103 web pages (more printed pages), author, web designer
Crazy Ideas and Scientific Theories, at least 60 web pages (more printed pages), author, web designer
EveryDay Science, at least 108 web pages (more printed pages), author, web designer
Basic Logical Reasoning, Basic Mathematical Reasoning, and the Physical Sciences, 52 pages, author, designer
Teaching TankŪ Discovery Book, Volume One, 118 pages, editor, principal author, designer
Teaching TankŪ Discovery Book, Volume Two, 102 pages, editor, co-author, designer
Teaching TankŪ Discovery Book, Volume Three, 108 pages, editor, co-author, designer
Teaching TankŪ Discovery Book, Sampler, 20 pages, editor, co-author, designer
PHYSICS: Using PC:SOLVE, 87 pages, author
Learning Through Problem Solving, Chapter 13 - Modeling Concepts, 15 pages, author
General Physics Workbook, 180 pages, author
Teaching an Approach to Problem Solving Using Classical Physics and Point Five, 127 pages, author
LEARNing Landscapes, Spring 2011 Vol.4 No.2 - Inquiry: Perspectives, Processes and Possibilities, p. 195:
"Teacher Explorations of Science and Science Learning Generate Insights into Inquiry and Teaching"
by Fiona J. Hughes-McDonnell & David R. Burgess ( Just our paper, in pdf.)
Many Workshops associated with MSP Grants, See StudentWorldTeacher.net for more information
Using PC:SOLVE in Physics Lecture and Laboratory
New Software for Improving Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
Using Basic Physics to Improve Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
Software for Increased Learning in Physics (voted "Best use of critical thinking in curriculum design.")
Basic Logical Reasoning, Basic Mathematical Reasoning and Basic Physics
Workshop to Enhance Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning
Easy to Use Computer Software
New York State Teacher Workshop Series
Using the Computer in the Physics Classroom
Problem Solving in Physics and the Liberal Arts Education
2010-2011: Teachers as Researchers, MSP Year 3 ($102,000, Co-Principal Author)
2009-2010: Developing a Cadre of Teacher Mentors II ($102,000, Co-Principal Author)
2008-2009: Developing a Cadre of Teacher Mentors ($100,000, Co-Principal Author)
2007-2008: Teacher Inquiry and Student Learning in Science ($60,000, Co-Principal Author)
2006-2007: Using CPO Materials in 9th Grade Physical Science ($10,000, Co-Principal Author)
2005-2006: Helping Teachers Attain HQT Status in Science ($10,000, Science Consultant)
NSF planning grant: $50,000 Laboratory Innovation Initiative grant, Hobart & William Smith Colleges.
NSF undergraduate instrumentation grant (Co-principal author): resulted in obtaining a $50,000 FTIR.
Ph.D. research: modeling of lattice events, with applications in polymer science, chemisorption, corrosion,
x-ray damage of crystals, and catalytic processes, was accomplished. Eight publications in major journals
resulted from this work. During this time I also used x-ray diffraction to determine the structure of
crystalline phenazene trinitrobenzene.

Vietnam Veteran (US Navy); Active Church Member
Voted Outstanding Physics Teacher, 1998
Selected for Who's Who Among America's Teachers: 2000, 2003, also nominated several other years
Twice awarded "Best use of critical thinking in curriculum design" for software that I developed.

Summary Bio

Dr. Burgess holds the rank of full professor at Rivier University.

He received his BS degree from Brigham Young University with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Physical Chemistry and has been teaching chemistry, physics and physical science for 30 years.

In addition he has collaborated with several faculty in the education department at Rivier University, doing online and face-to-face professional development, writing and editing a series of Discovery Books, and most recently investigating teaching and learning in elementary and middle school classrooms.