TEACHING REVIEW

(full review available upon request)

PEER EVALUATION

(LECTURE/DISCUSSION)

CHEM 200A (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I) - SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE

"Zach has a good depth of knowledge. The rigor level was appropriate to promote student learning."

"His verbal skills were very welcoming. He was very polite and encouraging."

"He gave students adequate amount of time to think and solve sample problems. He has developed a very safe and active learning environment."

CHEM 107 (INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Zach had an exellent rapport with his students, and came across as approachable yet informed."

"He successfully cultivated a rather "fun" atmopshere around the materials at hand, which seemed to faciliate student learning."

"Zach brought a visible degree of enthusiasm to these materials that I think elevated the tone of the entire class."

FFC 100 (FRESHMAN SCIENCE READING/WRITING) - CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

"Zach has created a relatively relaxed, comfortable classroom environment that was conducive to student discussion and participation."

"Provided clear instructions for the day's activities, the reason behind them, and as a result they tended to be executed well and as intended."

"Was approachable and inclusive in soliciting responses from several different students over the course of the class, managed the activities well and in a timely manner."

STUDENT EVALUATION

(LECTURE/DISCUSSION)

CHEM 100 (INTRO TO CHEMISTRY) - SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE

"He did it in a way where everyone could absorb the material and he also was very quick to reply to emails"

"He shows that he cares for his students because it makes you want to show up to class, to try, and to pay attention."

"He is very good at communicating his expectations. Also he is very good at elaborating and explains on tough topics."

CHEM 200A (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I) - SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE (ONLINE)

"He learned to really go at the pace of the students, and not too fast so we got lost. He took constructive criticism very well."

"He truly doesn't have a doubt that everybody can succeed and learn in his class and he wants to make sure that they don't doubt themselves."

"Gives real-world examples of how chemistry can be used and what an academic career in chemistry might look like."

CHEM 51A (ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"He also encourages students kindly to share their answers with class even if it is incorrect because he presents it as a learning opportunity."

"He organized the classroom in an effective manner, allowing all students to feel comfortable communicating with one another."

"He allows students to work out the problems first before helping them."

CHEM 51B (ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"He doesn't place importance on getting the correct answer, but rather the practice and work to get there."

"Always accessible, provides useful games to practice problems with, clear and concise."

"He makes students work as groups and make discussion like a game. I love his teaching style!"

CHEM 51C (ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Kind, thorough, organized and enthusiastic. Zach made the learning environment engaging and warm."

"He goes above and beyond to break down difficult problems while maintaining a positive attitude."

"Passionate and caring for students. Takes time to help students one on one."

CHEM 107 (INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"He is knowledgable, and honest when he doesn't know something. It's easy to talk and learn from him."

"He creates a friendly, open classroom setting for all to come and learn and fail and relearn."

"He also has a lot of grace and doesn't turn his back on us if we drop the ball on a homework or a quiz. His belief in my ability helps encourage my belief in myself."

CHEM 127 (INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Engaging the class during discussion and taking the time to get to know everybody's names."

"Very animated during discussion, and the way he holds discussion is very engaging."

"Gets the class involved during the discussion session and is open to trying to answer all questions relating to chemistry."

FFC 100 (FRESHMAN SCIENCE READING/WRITING) - CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

"He always helped out by providing office hours and would reply to emails quikcly with helpful information."

"Professor Z encouraged students to get to know each other and work with each other in teams on multiple occasions."

"He had heavily encouraged us to pursue topics that we had known nothing about."

STUDENT EVALUATION

(LABORATORY)

CHEM 100 (INTRO TO CHEMISTRY) - SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE

"I enjoyed doing the experiments and collaborating with classmates."

"I liked that there was a lot of interaction in the labs, so we could connect what we were learning in class with what we were doing in lab."

"I liked that lab went more smoothly and wasn't time-consuming, it allowed for time to work on worksheets together."

CHEM 200A (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I) - SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE (ONLINE)

"Would separate us into pairs or groups to work on different parts of the calculations."

"He always offered his help on all labs if we needed it, and he went over the material thoroughly. He put in his time to make sure we understood."

"I won't forget what you told me once in the lab: "we'll go as fast as the slowest person goes." that showed me that you cared about each student."

CHEM 1LC (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Patient, if you ask him questions he doesn't answer them directly he wants you to figure it out."

"He watches us do the lab and if we pick up our goggles from our face he calls out names."

"Spends time going over the lab basics before having us start and walks around the lab helping groups."

CHEM 51LB (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Lets students work out their obstacles with themselves and each other."

"Did a good job during experiments to make sure everyone had a grasp at the chemistry being done in the experiments."

"Asks students questions to engage in critical thinking, comments on post lab reports were helpful."

CHEM 51LC (GENERAL CHEMISTRY II) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"He always introduces the lab and tries to explain the pre-lab and post-lab grading criteria."

"Zach is also very clear about what he expects of the lab at the very beginning of every lab."

"He was clear in his explanations and provided constructive feedback on all post lab reports."

CHEM 121-123 (GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-III) - WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

"He always puts a ton of info about the lab on the board too, which is also helpful!"

"Moreover respectfully - I never felt stupid for asking a question."

"You were always prepared and had the lab ready to go, which helped things get moving quickly."

CHEM 107 (INORGANIC CHEMISTRY) - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

"Very helpful in office hours and encourages students to think."

"Taught how to set up each experiment and helped fix it if it was incorrect."

"He answers questions that you have but also pushes you to think about the concepts and come up with some answers on your own."

GCI 150-250 (PROJECT BASED LEARNING) - CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

"Dr. Z was an amazing professor, there wasn't a day where I felt uncomfortable or afraid in his class."

"Instructor was very communicative and gave us plenty of feedback about what we had to get done and when."

"Instructor was also really friendly yet professional; he always asked us how we were doing and communicated with us."