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Jacob Schroeder

Jacob SchroederLecturer
General and Organic Chemistry

Phone: (864) 656-1666
Office: 273 Hunter Laboratories


Dr. Schroeder received his B.S. degree in Chemistry (2002) from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He then obtained his M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry (2005) at Iowa State University under the direction of Dr. George Kraus. This research utilized halogen-metal exchange reactions to synthesize biologically active natural products. He later obtained his PhD in Chemistry (emphasis in Chemical Education) at Iowa State University (2008) under the direction of Dr. Tom Greenbowe. Much of this research centered on reforming the undergraduate Organic Chemistry curriculum with a specific focus on the undergraduate laboratory. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Clemson University with Dr. Krishna Madhavan in the area of cyberinfrastructure. He went back to Iowa State University for a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Tom Holme to work with the American Chemical Society’s Examinations Institute. He returned to Clemson to join the faculty in 2010.
Dr. Schroeder’s primary research interests involve cognition and educational psychology, developing new collaborative discovery-based laboratory experiments, integrating innovative technologies in the classroom, and developing outreach programs to promote chemistry to the general public. Secondary interests are History and the history of chemistry instruction, most notably laboratory development during the early 1900’s. He has taught numerous courses for both chemistry majors and non-majors, has served as an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory coordinator, and was awarded the Iowa State University Teaching Excellence award. He also wrote a laboratory manual for organic chemistry that is currently being used at Iowa State University. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society (DivCHED) and the National Science Teacher’s Association, and a professional member of Alpha Chi Sigma.
In his free time he enjoys playing electric, bass, and acoustic guitar and going anywhere to see live music and music festivals. He also enjoys doing almost anything outdoors, including hiking, fishing, camping, and mountain biking.


  1. Schroeder, J.D., K.L. Murphy, and T.A. Holme. (2010). Investigating factors that influence item performance on ACS Exams. Journal of Chemical Education. (in preparation)
  2. Madhavan, K., J.D. Schroeder, and H. Xian. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness and use of cyberlearning environments in engineering education—A qualitative analysis. American Society for Engineering Education, 2009 Annual Conference Proceedings
  3. Madhavan, K., J.D. Schroeder, and H. Xian. (2009). Patterns of technology adoption and perceptions of virtual laboratories among undergraduate engineering students. Research in Engineering Education Symposium, 2009 Annual Conference Proceedings
  4. Schroeder, J.D. and T.J. Greenbowe (2009). Chem 231L: Laboratory experiments (3rd ed.). Hayden-McNeil: Plymouth, MI
  5. Schroeder, J.D. and T.J. Greenbowe. (2009). The chemistry of Facebook: Using social networking to create an online scientific community for the organic chemistry laboratory. Innovate 5(4)
  6. Schroeder, J.D. (2008). The lab – lecture correlation: From the science writing heuristic to the traditional organic chemistry laboratory. In Science Inquiry and Language: The case for the Science Writing Heuristic. B.M. Hand (ed). Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  7. Greenbowe, T.J. and J.D. Schroeder. (2008). Implementing POGIL and the science writing heuristic jointly in undergraduate organic chemistry – student perceptions and performance. Chemistry Education Research and Practice 9(2), 149-156
  8. Wilhelms, K.W., G.A. Kraus, J.D. Schroeder, J.W. Kim, S.A. Cutler, M.A. Rasmussen, L.L. Anderson, and C.G. Scanes. (2006). Evaluation of corn furan fatty acid putative endocrine disruptors on reproductive performance in adult female chickens. Poultry Science (85), 1795 – 1797
  9. Kraus, G.A. and J.D. Schroeder. (2005). Halogen-metal exchange/cyclization of iodoketones: A direct synthesis of 3-arylbenzofurans. Synlett (16), 2504 – 2506

Academic Presentations

  1. Sandi-Urena, S., M. Cooper, D. Domin, T. Gatlin, and J.D. Schroeder. (2010). Learning in the laboratory: Evidence and assessment. A symposium co-organized for the 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education; Denton, Texas, August, 2010
  2. Schroeder, J.D. (2010). The scientific method in random everyday conversations. A Seminar presented at Florida Gulf Coast University; Ft. Myers, Florida, April 2, 2010
  3. Schroeder, J.D., T.A. Holme, and K.L. Murphy. (2010). Chemistry faculty understanding of assessment / testing terminology. A poster presented at the 239th national meeting of the American Chemical Society; San Francisco, California, March 21 & 22, 2010

(This poster was selected for the Sci-Mix poster presentation held on March 22)

  1. Schroeder, J.D. and T.G. Greenbowe. (2010). Assessment in the introductory organic chemistry laboratory using a laboratory practical exam. A presentation given at the 239th national meeting of the American Chemical Society; San Francisco, California, March, 2010
  2. Xian, H., K. Madhavan, and J. Schroeder. (2009). SensorWorld: Unified touch-based access to sensors worldwide for engineering education. A poster presented at the AcademiX 2009 regional conference; Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, May 28, 2009
  3. Schroeder, J.D. (2008). Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats. A presentation given at the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, July 30, 2008
  4. Schroeder, J.D. (2008). The chemistry of Facebook. A presentation given at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society; New Orleans, Louisiana, April 7, 2008
  5. Schroeder, J.D. (2008). POGIL activities in the lecture integrated with the Science Writing Heuristic laboratory format. A presentation given at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society; New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6, 2008
  6. Schroeder, J.D. and T.J. Greenbowe (2007). Implementing & assessing the Science Writing Heuristic and POGIL strategies in the organic chemistry Laboratory. A presentation given at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society; Boston, Massachusetts, August 21, 2007