Chemistry Department

Dr. Amy Phelps

Dr. Amy Phelps CONTACT INFO:


Phone: (615)
Office: New Science Bldg.(SCI), Room 3149 
P.O. Box : X146


(2001) B.S.,Berry College, Rome GA; M.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette IN; Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette IN. Chemical Education: The study of the teaching and learning of chemistry. The identification of misconceptions and the development of approaches to address misconceptions. Development and testing of alternate assessment techniques and effective laboratory approaches to enhance student interesting of the nature of science.


  • Dean's Award for General Education 2001
  • University Book and Supply Junior Faculty Teaching Award 1995
  • Sallie Mae Rookie Teacher of the Year 1985


  • American Chemical Society Exams Institute: General Chemistry II Exam (versions I & II)
  • Second Semester General Chem. Exam revision 2000-2002
  • Conceptual Exam Committee 1993-1995
  • Second Semester General Chemistry Exam 1996-1998
  • Conceptual Exam Revision Committee 1999-2001
  • Chemical Education Research Committee January 2001-present
    Chair of Chemical Education Research Committee January 2002-present
  • Co-Chair of Regional Science Olympiad-MTSU-2001-present
  • Reviewer: Editorial Review Board for Journal of Chemical Education


"Qualitative Methodologies in Chemical Education Research: Challenging Comfortable Paradigms". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, March 1994, 71, No 3, 191-194.

"Teaching to Enhance Problem Solving: It's More Than the Numbers". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, April 1996, 73, No 4, 301-304.

"Portfolio Assessment in High School Chemistry: One Teacher's Guidelines." Amy J. Phelps, Mark M. LaPorte, & Aileen Mahood. J. Chemical Education, May 1997, 74, No 5, 528-531.

"Demonstration-based Cooperative Testing in General Chemistry: A Broader Assessment-of-Learning Technique." Craig Bowen & Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, June 1997, 74, No 6, 715-719.

"Identifying and addressing student misconceptions regarding the behavior of gases using computer animations." Michael J. Sanger and Amy J. Phelps. J.Chemical Education, November 2000, 77, No 11, 1517-1520.

"A Comparison of Secondary Chemistry Courses and Chemistry Teacher Preparation Programs in Iowa and Saint Petersburg Russia." Michael J. Sanger, Erik L. Brincks, Amy J. Phelps, Maria S. Pak, and Antony N. Lyovkin. J.Chemical Education, September 2001,78, No 9, 1275-1280.

"Rate Law Determination of Everyday Processes."; Michael J. Sanger, Russell Wiley, Erwin Richter and Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, August 2002, 79, No. 8, 989-991.

"The Power of Good Practice: What Students Learn from HOW We Teach." Amy J Phelps and Cherin Lee. J. Chemical Education. J. Chemical Education. 2003, 80, p 829.

"The Effects of a Computer Animation on Students' Conceptual Understanding of a Can-Crushing Demonstration at the Macroscopic, Microscopic, and Symbolic Levels."; Resa Kelly, Amy J. Phelps and Michael J. Sanger. The Chemical Educator, 9( 2004) 3, 184-189.

"Simple Flame Test Techniques Using Cotton Swabs."; Michael J. Sanger and Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education. 2004, 81, p 969.