Members of CERT

Dr Julie Dunne

Julie carried out her PhD research in Medicinal Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Paul Murphy in UCD. She subsequently worked as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined the School of Food Science and Environmental Health in 2003 as a lecturer in Food Chemistry and Analysis. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Third Level Teaching and Learning and was awarded a DIT Teaching Fellowship in 2010. Her education research interests include integration of technology, novel feedback mechanisms, peer learning, community based learning and employability in undergraduate science education. She was awarded the DIT College of Science President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

Dr. Claire McDonnell

Claire completed her PhD in UCD under the supervision of Prof Rory More O'Ferrall. After working in the Fine Chemicals industry, she joined the School in 2000. Claire lectures in the area of organic Chemistry. Together with Christine, Claire has developed extensive WebCT resources in the initial development of the School WebCT sites. She has successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in 3rd Level Teaching and Learning. Claire was awarded a President's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

Dr. Christine O'Connor

Christine completed her PhD in DCU under the supervision of Prof Han Vos. She lectures in the areas of physical and inorganic chemistry in DIT since 2000. Together with Claire, Christine has developed extensive WebCT resources for the School WebCT sites which was funded by the learning and teaching centre in the DIT. In collaboration with Dr Sarah Cresswell of Strathclyde University and colleagues in the school of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences she has also developed a number of context based forensic chemistry laboratories and this work was funded by the HEA UK. Christine has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in 3rd Level Teaching and Learning at the Learning and Teaching Centre, DIT in 2006. She was awarded a President's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

Dr Sarah Rawe

Sarah completed her PhD in Liverpool and joined the staff here in 2006. She is currently completing the Postgraduate Certificate in 3rd Level Teaching and Learning at the Learning and Teaching Centre, DIT. Sarah's interests are in the integration of research and development of research skills in undergraduate education.

Dr Barry Ryan

Barry carried out his PhD research in DCU; under the supervision of Dr. Ciarán Ó'Fágáin, in the area of applied enzymology. He commenced teaching in DIT in 2009 and lectures on biotechnological, biochemical, chemical, quality and other ancillary aspects of Environmental Health, Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has completed his PG Diploma in Third Level Teaching and Learning and is currently pursuing his MSc in Applied eLearning. His primary pedagogic research focuses on the effect of assessment, feedback and blended learning on undergraduate learning with particular emphasis on first year chemistry students. Further areas of pedagogic research include pre-laboratory preparation, engaging large classes and the integration of novel technology into the teaching and learning environment.