Kelly Y. Neiles

Associate Dean of Faculty

Dr. Neiles smiles at the camera


My research is in the field of Chemical Education. This means I research how students learn chemistry and what we as instructors can do to make it a better experience for more students. In my research I investigate how we can intentionally develop and assess scaffolded curricula to increase the inclusive access to STEM disciplines and professions. This means including authentic experiences imbedded into coursework so that every student may benefit from them. I work to develop laboratory experiences that better reflect the practice of science through intensive collaborations and writing exercises. I also work to understand how students are interpreting chemical visualizations that are necessary for deep a understanding of the chemical concepts, research I do using an eye tracker to track students' viewing of these visualizations. All aspects of my research are conducted through collaborations with my undergraduate researchers who are involved in every stage of the research process. If you are interested in working with me contact me today!

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Chemistry Education
  • Intentional Development and Assessment of Scaffolded Curriculum
  • Inclusive Excellence in Chemistry Courses

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • General Chemistry Sequence
  • Contemporary Chemistry


  • B.S. in Chemistry at South Dakota State University, 2005
  • M.S. in Forensic Chemistry at George Washington University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Education at Catholic University of America, 2012