education

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2007

B.Sc.H., Chemistry, Queen’s University, Canada, 2001

Employment history

2015                 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa

2013 – 2015     Assistant Professor, Continuing Ltd. Term, Dept. of Chem., University of Ottawa

2007 – 2013     Science Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa

2006 – 2007     Part-time Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa

2007                 Instructor, Department of Chemistry, Cégep de l’Outaouais

2002 – 2005     Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa

2002                 English as a second language (ESL) teacher, Kathmandu, Nepal

Awards

3M National Teaching Fellow, 2017

Chair in University Teaching, University of Ottawa, 2016–2019

Excellence in Education Award, University of Ottawa, 2012–2013

Award of Excellence, Instructional Design & Learning, CNIE, 2013

Excellence in Education Award, Faculty of Science, 2012-2013

Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, 2012

Capital Educators’ Award finalist, 2012

Science Students’ Association: Professor of the Year, 2008

Publications

22. Galloway, K. R.; Stoyanovich, C.; Flynn, A. B. "Students’ interpretations of mechanistic language in organic chemistry before learning reactions" Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2017, 18, 353.

21. Flynn, A. B.; Featherstone, R. B. "Language of mechanisms: exam analysis reveals students' strengths, strategies, and errors when using the electron-pushing formalism (curved arrows) in new reactions" Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 201718, 64.

20. Bodé, N. E.; Caron, J.; Flynn, A. B. "Evaluating students' learning gains and experiences from using nomenclature101.com" Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 201617, 1156.

19. Bodé, N. E.; Flynn, A. B. “Strategies of Successful Synthesis Solutions: Mapping, Mechanisms, and More” J. Chem. Educ. 2016, 93(4), 593–604. An ACS Editor’s Choice article.

18. Flynn, A. B.; Amellal, D. G. “Chemical information literacy: pKa values: Where do students go wrong?” J. Chem. Educ. 201693 (1), 39–45.

17. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Mechanisms before reactions: A mechanistic approach to the organic chemistry curriculum based on patterns of electron flow” J. Chem. Educ201592 (5), 803–810.

16. Stoyanovich, C. M.; Gandhi, A.; Flynn, A. B. “Acid–base learning outcomes for students in an introductory organic chemistry course” J. Chem. Educ201592, 220–229.

15. Flynn, A. B. “Structure And Evaluation Of Flipped Chemistry Courses: Organic & Spectroscopy, Large And Small, First To Third Year, English And French” Chem. Educ. Res. Pract.201516, 198–211

14. Flynn, A. B. “How do students work through organic synthesis learning activities?”  Chem. Educ. Res. Pract.201415, 747–762.

13. Flynn, A. B.; Caron, J.; Laroche, J.; Daviau-Duguay, M.; Marcoux, C.; Richard, G. “Nomenclature101.com: A free, student-driven organic chemistry nomenclature learning tool” J. Chem. Educ. 201491 (11), 1855–1859. 

12. Flynn, A. B. “NMR Interpretation: Getting from Spectrum to Structure” J. Chem. Educ201289 (9), 1210–1212.

11. Flynn, A. B. “A Post-Class Question That Provides Feedback and Connects In- and Out-of-Class Learning”Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning Journal20125, 153–160.

10. Flynn, A. B. “Launch of an online interactive tool to support learning organic chemistry / Le lancement d’un outil interactif en ligne pour soutenir l’apprentissage de la chimie organique.” The Thinker / Le penseur, January 20125.

9. Flynn, A. B. “The development of a post-class question method and its integration with teaching” J. Chem. Educ201289 (4), 456–464.

8. Flynn, A. B.; Biggs, R. “The development and implementation of a problem-based learning (PBL) format in a senior undergraduate synthetic and medicinal chemistry laboratory course.” J. Chem. Educ201189(1), 52–57.

7. Flynn, A. B. “Developing Problem-Solving Skills through Retrosynthetic Analysis and Clickers in Organic Chemistry” J. Chem. Educ.201188 (11), 1496–1500.

6.Rajagopal, Thivisha; Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, William W. “Single isomer trisubstituted olefins bearing alkyl groups”Tetrahedron201066, 8739–8744.

5. Simard-Mercier, J.; Jiang, J. L.; Ho, M. L.; Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Single isomer trisubstituted olefins from a novel reaction of E-β-chloro-α-iodo-α,β-unsaturated esters and amides” J. Org. Chem200873, 5899–5906.

4. Simard-Mercier, J.; Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W.  “A simple method to prepare single isomer tetrasubstituted olefins by successive Suzuki–Miyaura cross-couplings of E-β-chloro-α-iodo-α,β-unsaturated esters” Tetrahedron 200864, 5472–5481. 

3. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Tetrasubstituted Olefins” Chemical Reviews2007,107, 4698–4745. An ACS Most-Accessed Article for the fourth quarter of 2007.

2. Ho, M. L.; Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Single Isomer Iodochlorination of Alkynes and Chlorination of Alkenes Using Tetrabutylammonium Iodide and Dichloroethane.” J. Org. Chem. 200772, 977–983.

1. Lemay (Flynn), A. B.; Vulic, K. S.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Single Isomer Tetrasubstituted Olefins from Regioselective and Stereospecific Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling of β-Chloro-α-Iodo-α,β-Unsaturated Esters.” J. Org. Chem200671, 3615–3618.

Invited Presentations

25. Flynn, A. B. “Structuring (and teaching) for learning in a flipped course model” University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 2017.

24. Flynn A. B. "A new organic chemistry curriculum that teaches chemistry’s language
—arrows, symbolism, and mechanics—then organizes reactions by mechanistic patterns" Miami University, Miami, OH, USA, October 2016.

23. Flynn, A. B. “Une progression de pédagogies — de cours magistraux aux environments d’apprentissage flexibles | A progression of pedagogies — from lectures to flexible learning environments” Conférence des nouveaux professeurs | New professors’ conference, uOttawa, August 2016.

22. Flipped and blended chemistry courses: structures, implementation consideration, and evaluation, 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Greeley, Colorado, August 2016.

21. Flynn, A. B. “Student-directed online learning modules for organic chemistry: interactive, open access, and bilingual Canadian Society for Chemistry conference, Halifax, NS, June 2016.

20. Flynn, A. B. “A new organic chemistry curriculum that teaches chemistry’s language—arrows, symbolism, and mechanics—then organizes reactions by mechanistic patterns” University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, April 12, 2016.

19. Flynn, A. B. “Structuring and Teaching with a Flipped Course Model”, Wiley conference: Connect for Success, Toronto, ON, April 2016.

18.  Flynn, A. B., “Flipped and blended chemistry courses: structures, implementation consideration, and evaluation”, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, March 23, 2016

17. Flynn, A. B., “Structuring and Teaching with a Flipped/Inverted Classroom Model” Wiley conference: Connect for Success, Ottawa, ON, February 2016.

16. Flynn, A. B., “A new organic chemistry curriculum that starts with chemistry’s language—arrows, symbolism, and mechanics—then teaches reactions and principles” University of New Hampshire, USA, February 2016.

15. Flynn, A. B., “A new organic chemistry curriculum: arrows and mechanics then chemical principles” University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, January 2016.

14. Flynn, A. B., “A new organic chemistry curriculum: Teaching the arrows and mechanics before the chemical principles” Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, December, 2015.

13. Flynn, A. B. “Flipped Classes in uOttawa’s Active Learning Classroom” Presented at uOttawa for Aarhus University (Denmark) delegates. October, 2015.

12. Flynn, A. B. “Arrows Before Mechanisms: Can Students Master Symbolism Before Principles?” Presented at the Gordon Research Conference: Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Lewiston, Maine, USA, June 2015.

11. Flynn, A. B. “Large Blends and Flips in Chemistry Courses” Presented at the Perspectives Symposium, University of Ottawa, May 2015.

10. Montpetit. C.; Flynn, A. B.; Taylor, M.; Chapleau, F.; Giguère, C. “Technologies en enseignement universitaire: Partage d’espériences | Technology and University Teaching: Sharing Experiences” Panel presentation to the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, Wakefield, QC, April 2014.

9. Flynn, A. B. “Development of a Chemistry Learning Tool: Free, Online, Interactive and Student-Controlled” University of Ottawa’s Centre for University Teaching’s Keynote Lecture series. Ottawa, ON, September 2013. 

8. Flynn, A. B. “2013 D2L Innovation Award” Discussion session presented at the Centre for University Teaching, University of Ottawa, December 2012.

7. Flynn, A. B. “Nouvelle initiative à la Faculté des sciences : Atelier scientifique préparatoire” Mini-dialogue 2012, event for high school teachers and counselors, University of Ottawa, May 2012. 

6. Flynn, A. B. “Easing the Transition: A New Preparatory Workshop for Incoming Science Students / Faciliter la transition : un nouvel atelier préparatoire pour les nouveaux étudiants en sciences” Bilingual seminar presented at the Centre for University Teaching’s Keynote Lecture Series, University of Ottawa, ON, 2011.

5. Flynn, A. B. “Flashware as an in-class visualization tool for chemical reactions.” Seminar presented by videoconference at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2011. 

4. Flynn, A. B. “Teaching students to achieve higher orders of thinking earlier in their university careers” Seminar presented at Nelson Education’s annual conference, Toronto, February 2011.

3. Flynn, A. B. “What’s next? Graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry” Seminar presented at the University of Ottawa BIOX Club’s careers night, Ottawa, February 2011.

2. Flynn, A. B. “Panel discussion: How can the preparation of high school students and their transition to University be improved?” Workshop at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board professional development conference, Ottawa, February 2009. 

1. Flynn, A. B. “Teaching Large Classes Effectively.” Présentation bilingue. Third Orientation and Professor Development Program for Part-Time Professors, University of Ottawa, September 2008. 

Contributed Presentations

40. Flynn, A. B.; Caron, J.; Bodé, N. “Student-directed online learning modules for organic chemistry: interactive, open access, and bilingual” Seminar presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, London, ON, June 2016.

39. Flynn, A. B. “Flipped and blended courses in lecture and active learning rooms: structure and evaluation” Workshop presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, London, ON, June 2016.

38. Flynn, A. B. “Chemistry Education Research in Canada: What It Is, Who Does It, and How to Get Involved Canadian Society for Chemistry conference, Halifax, NS, June 2016. Poster.

37. Flynn, A. B. “Symbolism before reactions: What is the effect of a new approach to the mechanistic organic chemistry curriculum?” Seminar presented at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA, USA, March 2016.

36. Flynn, A. B. “Flipped & Blended Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy Courses: Structure and Evaluation” Seminar presented at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA, USA, March 2016.

35. Flynn, A. B. “Nomenclature101.com” A Workshop for High School Teachers given at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Pedagogical Activity (PA) day, Ottawa, ON, February 2016.

34. Flynn, A. B. “Learning Outcomes Anchor Flipped Courses” Session presented at the 98th Canadian Society for Chemistry conference, Ottawa, ON, June 2015.

33. Flynn, A. B. “Translating Research into Educational Practice” Workshop presented at the 98th Canadian Society for Chemistry conference, Ottawa, ON, June 2015.

32. Flynn, A. B. “The implementation of Organic Synthesis and Retrosynthesis Learning Activities in a Large Course: Lessons & Recommendations” Session presented at the International Conference for Chemistry Education, Toronto, ON, July 2014. Seminar presented at the International Conference for Chemistry Education, Toronto, ON, July 2014.

31. Flynn, A. B.; Mahaffy, P. “Getting Started in Chemistry Education Research” Session presented at the International Conference for Chemistry Education, Toronto, ON, July 2014.

30. Flynn, A. B.; Caron, J.; Laroche, J.; Daviau-Duguay, M.; Marcoux, C.; Richard, G. “Nomenclature101.com” Poster presented at the International Conference for Chemistry Education, Toronto, ON, July 2014. Poster prize.

29. Flynn, A. B.; Caron, J.; Laroche, J.; Marcoux, C.; Richard, G. “A Bilingual, Online, Interactive, Learning Tool for Organic Chemistry” Seminar presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Kingston, ON, June 2014.

28. Flynn, A. B. “Large Courses, Large Flips” Seminar presented at the Canadian Society for Chemistry annual conference, Vancouver, BC, June 2014.

27. Flynn, A. B. “Improving In-Class Learning Activities for Retrosynthetic Analysis in Organic Chemistry” Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference: Chemistry Education Research & Practice, Newport, RI, USA, June 2013.

26. Flynn, A. B. “New way to use clickers to help students learn!! Does it work at all?” Seminar presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Sydney, NS, June 2013.

25. Flynn, A. B., Caron, J., Laroche, J., Marcoux, C., Richard, G. “Organic chemistry nomenclature: An online learning tool” Poster presented at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) annual conference, Ottawa, ON, May 2013.

24. Flynn, A. B.; Deschênes, J. V. “Easing the Transition: A New Preparatory Workshop for Incoming Science Students” Seminar presented at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board professional development conference, Ottawa, February 2012.

23. Flynn, A. B. “Easing the Transition: A New Preparatory Workshop for Incoming Science Students / Faciliter la transition : un nouvel atelier préparatoire pour les nouveaux étudiants en sciences” Bilingual seminar presented at the Centre for University Teaching’s Keynote Lecture Series, University of Ottawa, ON, 2011. Invited contribution.

22. Flynn, A. B. “Students CAN achieve higher orders of thinking in introductory organic chemistry courses” Seminar presented at the 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, QC, June 2011.

21. Flynn, A. B. “Regular and timely feedback for student and instructor alike, while connecting in- and out-of-class learning” Seminar presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Saskatoon, SK, June 2011.

20. Flynn, A. B. “Flashware as an in-class visualization tool for chemical reactions.” Seminar presented by videoconference at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2011. 

19. Flynn, A. B. “Teaching students to achieve higher orders of thinking earlier in their university careers” Seminar presented at Nelson Education’s annual conference, Toronto, February 2011.

18. Flynn, A. B. “What’s next? Graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry!” Seminar     presented at the University of Ottawa BIOX Club’s careers night, Ottawa, February 2011.

17. Flynn, A. B. “What’s next? Exploring the options for students in chemistry and related disciplines in University and beyond” Seminar at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board professional development conference, Ottawa, February 2011.

16. Flynn, A. B. “Transition from High School to University or College” Roundtable workshop organized for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board professional development conference, Ottawa, February 2011.

15. Flynn, A. B. “Problem-Based Learning in an Undergraduate Medicinal Chemistry Course” Seminar presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Fredericton, NB, June 2009.

14. Flynn, A. B. “The Integration of Different Types of Technology to Assess and Enhance Student Learning in Large Organic Chemistry Classes” Seminar presented at 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Hamilton, ON, May 2009.

13. Flynn, A. B. “Problem-Based Learning in an Undergraduate Chemistry Course” ” Seminar presented at 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Hamilton, ON, May 2009.

12. Flynn, A. B. “L’apprentissage par problèmes dans un cours universitaire de laboratoire de chimie médicinale.” Séminaire présenté au 77e Congrès annuel de l’ACFAS, Ottawa, ON, May 2009.

11. Flynn, A. B. “Facilitating the transition of students in chemistry from high school to university.” Workshop presented at the Chemistry Teachers’ Partnership Conference, Ottawa, ON, October 2008.

10. Flynn, A. B. “Teaching Organic Chemistry” Seminar presented at the New Professors’ Lecture Program, University of Ottawa, April 2008.

9. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Synthesis of single isomer tetrasubstituted olefins.” Seminar presented at the 89th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Halifax, NS, May 2006.

8. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Stereodefined synthesis of tetrasubstituted olefins.” Seminar presented at the Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute Day, Ottawa, ON, 2006. Winner of the CSC local section award for outstanding seminar

7. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Regio- and stereoselective synthesis of tetrasubstituted olefins.” Poster presented at the Québec/Ontario Minisymposium in Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry, St. Adèle, QC, Nov 2005. 

6. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Studies toward the regio- and stereoselective synthesis of tetrasubstituted olefins.” Poster presented at Synthesis Day, Ottawa, ON, 2005. 

5. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Improving Accessibility to tetrasubstituted olefins.” Poster presented at the Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute Day, Ottawa, ON, 2005. 

4. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Studies towards the Phosphine-Catalyzed Dipolar [3+2] Cycloaddition between alkynes as latent dipoles and cyclopropanes.” Poster presented at Synthesis Day, Ottawa, ON, 2004. 

3. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Development of a Fluorescence Based Methodology for Enantioselective Reaction Monitoring.” Poster presented at the Québec/Ontario Minisymposium in Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Gatineau, QC, 2004. 

2. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Application of Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) to the discovery of enantioselective reactions.” Poster presented at the 87th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, London, ON>

1. Flynn, A. B.; Ogilvie, W. W. “Development of methodology for reaction monitoring through application of Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET).” Poster presented at the Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute Day, Ottawa, ON, 2004.