Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh

Central New Mexico Community College, USA

Since 2002, Clarissa (Rissa) Sorensen-Unruh has been a full-time Chemistry Instructor at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque, NM. She’s also a Ph.D student in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (2022) at the University of New Mexico, having earned her M.S. Statistics in May, 2020. At UNM, she is also listed as adjunct faculty for the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. Her first book, Communicating Chemistry through Social Media, in which she’s both the main editor and a chapter writer, was published by ACS Books in 2018, and she contributed a chapter on her experiences with ungrading in the organic chemistry classroom to Susan Blum’s Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), one of the newest members of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education book series by West Virginia University Press. This year, Rissa will be faculty again at DPL 2021 (Digital Pedagogy Lab). She serves as a buddy (virtual and onsite) and an active member of Virtually Connecting, and she also serves in several roles in the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education, including Councilor, Social Media Subgroup Chair for the Biennial Conference Committee, lead contributor for Chemical Education Xchange (ChemEdX) TYC, and a member of the Division’s Public Relations Committee. Rissa’s passion for teaching and learning imbues her life inside and outside the classroom. She employs ungrading, blogs, and encourages open and engaged pedagogy in her classroom, mainly through critical pedagogy and active learning techniques. She embraces innovative teaching techniques, many of which she has learned from her friends on Twitter (@RissaChem), that promote student agency, social justice, and dynamic learning. Her blog as well as her other social media handles can be found on her web page here:

Develop your teaching with Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh
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Alternative Approaches to Grading
by Maha Bali, Mia Zamora, Jasmina Najjar, Laura Gibbs, Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, Arley Cruthers
Consider different approaches to grading and how they can affect the classroom atmosphere and more!