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Mark Baillie



Mark Baillie is an assistant professor of chemistry and the director of the STRIVE program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In both of these roles, he trains K-16 teachers how to implement evidence-based instructional practices while also teaching introductory level chemistry courses at the non-traditional UA Little Rock campus. He participated in his first Summer Institute (SI) on Scientific Teaching in 2014, transforming how he approached traditional weed-out courses that he taught at the University of Delaware (2013 - 2017). He has since entwined his career with the National Institutes on Scientific Teaching by facilitating regional SIs (NE and Midwest), and joining Dr. Michelle Withers as a leader of the Mobile Institutes on Scientific Teaching (MoSI) workshops. He has helped facilitate 3 regional SIs and 16 MoSI workshops in the US and abroad. At his own institution, he has trained over 100 faculty in evidence-based instructional practices across 4 colleges between 2019 and 2023. He was recently awarded a $2,000,000 NSF grant to study the impact of the MoSI workshops on his campus, and create Communities of Practice, local Communities of Transformation, and bolster their Learning Assistant program. In his role as a chemistry teacher, he takes great pride in having been awarded the student government teaching excellence award in 2020 and 2023. In 2023, Mark was awarded the college and university level faculty excellence awards for "Rising Star". When not working on institutional change, he can be found on his mountain bike. 

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