Sponsored by the friends and colleagues of Margaret–Ann Armour including the Chemical Education Fund, CSC Inorganic Division, CIC Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division, University of Alberta, Office of Science & Society at McGill University, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Brock University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Donations to the Margaret-Ann Armour Award endowment may be made through the Chemical Education Fund.
This award is presented in memory of Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour as a mark of recognition to an early career educator who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to undergraduate education primarily at the post-secondary level in the chemical sciences, chemical engineering, or chemical technology.
The 2022 winner of the Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education is:
Tamara Freeman received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. Her interest in chemistry outreach began when she regularly performed live chemical reactions for general chemistry courses (>1900 students) as a sessional lecturer. Freeman was hired at UBC Okanagan’s Department of Chemistry as its coordinator for all first-year chemistry courses in 2013 and promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor of Teaching in 2020, as the Department of Chemistry’s first and only member of UBC’s Educational Leadership faculty stream.
Freeman’s curriculum development activities have included an ambitious reform of the content and delivery model of all first-year chemistry lectures by introducing flipped delivery, guided-inquiry learning, and a context-embedded curriculum, along with scaffolding both practical and scientific literacy skills across the laboratory curriculum. She has led and collaborated on multiple initiatives and programs designed to support student mental health and well-being, both in and outside the classroom.
An active member of Canada’s chemistry education community, Freeman has presented and contributed to over two dozen talks, posters, and workshops at local, national, and international conferences, describing results from both her chemistry education activities, student learning, and wellness support initiatives