Estelle Lebeau

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information
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I have conducted research in the area of chemical education and continue to strive to put the best learning practices into action in the classroom.”

Bio

It was during Estelle Lebeau's doctoral work at the University of North Carolina that she discovered her passion for teaching undergraduate students. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a chemistry lecturer during her post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in 1998. By that point, she knew teaching chemistry was a career that would bring a lot of satisfaction.

Lebeau spent the first 16 years of her career at Central Michigan University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. She has published the results of her research in professional journals with some of her research students as coauthors.

Although Lebeau enjoyed the one-on-one mentoring relationship she had with her lab students, she feels inspired by undergraduate students in the classroom. She has conducted research in the area of chemical education and continues to strive to put the best learning practices into action in the classroom to achieve great student learning outcomes. Lebeau joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales University in 2016 and hopes her tenure will allow her to inspire and train the next generation of science students.

Sample Courses

  • CHM 2040: Intro to General/Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 1011: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1015: General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHM 1022: General Chemistry II
  • CHM 1025: General Chemistry II Lab

Consulting

  • College Board AP Chemistry Reader, 2008–present
  • Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005–2007:
    Accuracy checker for the main text and solutions manual to accompany Zumdahl, “Introductory Chemistry, a Foundation,” 6th edition, 2006.
    Preparation of a manuscript of learning objectives to accompany Zumdahl, “Chemical Principles,” 7th edition.
    Preparation of a manuscript for the Eduspace online homework course to be used with HM Assess for Zumdahl, “Introductory Chemistry,” 6th edition.
    Preparation of a manuscript for the Eduspace online homework course to accompany Kelter/Mosher, “Chemistry.”
    Accuracy checker for Stoker, “General, Organic and Biological Chemistry,” 4th edition, 2006.
    Accuracy checker for Eduspace online homework course to accompany Zumdahl/Zumdahl, “Chemistry,” 7th edition, 2005.

Publications

  • Inorganic Chemistry, “Electronic Structure of the Water Oxidation Catalyst, cis,cis-[(bpy)2(H2O)RuIIIORuIII(OH2)(bpy)2]4+, The Blue Dimer,” 2012. Authors: Estelle Lebeau, Jonah Jurss, Javier Concepcion, Thomas Meyer, Joseph Templeton, et al.
  • The Midland Chemist, “Students Shine During Project SEED 2008” (American Chemical Society, Midland Section), 2009. Author: Estelle Lebeau

Recent Presentations

  • “Active Learning in General Chemistry II and Survey of Chemistry”
    250th American Chemical Society National Meeting, 2015
    Author: Estelle Lebeau
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of a cis-directed 4-electron/4-proton Transfer Agent Precursor”
    American Chemical Society National Meeting, 2014
    Author: Estelle Lebeau