Dr. Agota Debreczeni has been a General Chemistry Instructor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University since 2013. As a Chemistry Instructor, she has a great opportunity to teach and mentor a very diverse student population. She is part of the team that redesigned the way students learn chemistry at ASU, and helped develop an active learning student-centered instruction. In the General Chemistry program a guided inquiry model is used for recitation activities and labs. Agota conducted collaborative recitation activities and labs for the following courses: General Chemistry I (CHM 113), General Chemistry II (CHM 116), and General Chemistry for Engineers (CHM 114).
Her interest in teaching began when she was an undergraduate at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Chemistry with an emphasis on Synthetic Chemistry. Her passion for both teaching and research guided her to the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. degree in the area of Inorganic Supramolecular Chemistry in 2012. As a teaching assistant at both universities, she conducted general chemistry laboratory and both general and inorganic chemistry recitation sessions for majors and nonmajors. She received the Joseph W. Bouknight Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in two semesters. Prior to joining the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU, Agota taught general chemistry lectures and labs at Mesa Community College.