Lisa Morkowchuk is an instructor for Introductory College Chemistry lecture (1410/1610) and laboratories (1411/1611). She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Much of her undergraduate education was presented in a guided-inquiry format, and she quickly realized the value of peer interaction in education and the depth of understanding that comes from inquiry-based learning. Implementation of these approaches can be a challenge in courses with large enrollments, but it is one way that physical institutions can provide value above that offered by online courses. Lisa strives to continually increase the proportion of “lecture” time spent utilizing non-lecture, evidence-based pedagogical techniques.
Before coming to the University of Virginia, she taught chemistry and mathematics courses at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently lives in Culpeper, Virginia with her husband and son and enjoys endurance running in her free time.