Associate Department Head
Graduate education; mentoring; diversity; psychology of teaching, learning and problem solving; graduate ombudsperson.
As associate department head, my primary role is co-chairing the Graduate Program Committee (GPC), including handling issues that are urgent or confidential. The GPC advises first-year students until they choose a research group and also monitors students’ progress through the Ph.D. program. I also serve as graduate ombudsperson to support and advise students who are having difficulties where a confidential sounding board or referrals to additional resources would be helpful. My role also includes collaborating with the department head on a wide variety of matters including junior faculty mentoring and award nominations.
My work as Associate Dean for Special Projects involves primarily facilitating diversity initiatives such as graduate diversity recruiting and a peer-mentoring program for underrepresented undergraduate students in MCS. I also serve as a graduate ombudsperson for MCS, and as liaison to University Advancement for stewardship of endowed fellowships, special events for donors, and selected alumni relations activities.
|Years||Position or Degree|
|2002–present||Associate Dean for Special Projects, Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2000–present||Associate Head, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University|
|1993–1999||Associate Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University|
|1987–1993||Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate School|
|1986–1987||Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|1986||Ph.D. Psychology (Cognitive), Carnegie Mellon University|
Yaron, D., Milton, D. J., and Freeland, R. Linked Active Content: A Service for Digital Libraries for Education. ACM Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 25-32 (2001).
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Lange, D., Milton, D.J., and Karabinos, M. “Networked virtual laboratory as a flexible learning environment for solution chemistry.” National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, April 2001.
Freeland, R. “A Systematic Process for Enhancing Ph.D. Programs in Chemistry.” Poster for Gordon Conference on Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching. Ventura, CA, January 2001.
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Milton, D.J., Lange, D., and Karabinos, M. “Interactive Software for Chemical Education.” Poster for Gordon Conference on Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching. Ventura, CA, January 2001.
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Lange, D., and Milton, D.J. “Using Simulations to Transform the Nature of Chemistry Homework.” CONFCHEM On-line Conference on Using Computer Simulations in General Chemistry, Summer 2000.
Freeland, R. (1998). Collected Wisdom: Strategies & Resources for TA. Carnegie Mellon: Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence.
Freeland, R. “Overview of Cognitive Principles in Learning Technical Material.” NSF Engineering Education Scholars Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA. July 1996-99. Invited speaker.