Vania Maria De Paoli
 Title: Senior College Lecturer
Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratory Supervisor
 Dept: Chemistry
 Office: SI 410
 Phone: 216-687-2463
 Email: v.depaoli@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SI 410, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
B.S., Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo / Brazil, 1997
M.S., Chemstry, University of Sao Paulo / Brazil, 2001
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo / Brazil, 2005
 
Brief Bio:
I was born and raised in Brazil and I received my PhD from the University of Sao Paulo. I am a Lecturer Associate Faculty for the Chemistry Department since 2014.  In between my responsibilities, I share the teaching of the Organic Chemistry lectures and I am responsible for all of the sections of the Organic Chemistry laboratory.

I worked for several years as researcher in University and National Laboratory environments but I have always being passionated about teaching. For over 10 years now, I have been working as a Chemistry teacher. Before teaching at CSU, I taught entry level and general chemistry courses at City University of New York (CUNY) and at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I love my job and I love to interact with students.

I know many students worry about succeeding in an Organic Chemistry Course and life obligations and/or situations often add to overall OChem anxiety. Here are some things you may want to know:

I am a first generation college graduate in my family; 
I am an immigrant to the USA, and I had most of my education / trainning overseas; English is my second language.
I was a work student through my undergraduate years.
I still balance childcare with work.
 
Honors and Awards:
2017 Golden Apple Award, Cleveland State University Alumni Association
2017 Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success
2019 McNair Schorlas Program Non-Discipline Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
2020 Faculty Merity Award, Office of Provost, Cleveland State University
 
Teaching Areas:
Introduction to Chemistry - Lecture and Laboratory Activities
Introduction to General Chemistry - Lecture and Laboratory Activities
Principles of Organic Chemistry - Lecture
General Chemistry I ¿ Lecture and Laboratory Activities
General Chemistry I ¿ Laboratory Activities Writing Intensive section
General Chemistry II ¿ Lecture and Laboratory Activities
Environmental Science I ¿ Laboratory Activities
Biochemistry Seminar
Organic Chemistry I ¿ Lecture and Laboratory Activities
Organic Chemistry II ¿ Lecture and Laboratory Activities
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Structure and Bonding
 
University Service:
The Fred E. Shiebley Charitable Trust Committee (Fall 2014 - 2016);
Safety Committee, College of Sciences and Health Professions (Fall 2014 - present);
CSU Chemistry Department Undergraduate Committee (Fall 2016 - present);
CSU General Safety Committee (Fall 2014 - present);
CSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (Spring 2019 - present);
APLU Adaptive Learning Committee, COSHP (Spring 2019 - present);
COSHP Equity Task Force Committee (Spring 2019 - present);
Teacher Education Advisory Committee (Spring 2019 - present);
University Teaching Council (Fall 2019-present)
COSHP Faculty Affairs (Summer 2019 - 2021, 2022 -present)
Faculty Senate (Fall 2023 - )
Lily Ng Undergraduate Research Award (2021)
 
Professional Service:
MENTORED RESEARCH PROJECTS
The Synthesis and Combustion of Biofuels (Cleveland State University, 2018)

THESIS DEFENSE COMMITTEE
C. A., Honors Degree of Bacharel of Biology (July 2021)
Title: Is the (Sea)Grass Always Greener on the Other Side of the Reef:
Can Seagrass Improve the Success Rates of Coral Reef Restoration Projects?

TEXTBOOK REVIEWER
2019 - Organic Chemistry: A Learner-Centered Approach by Richard Mullins (Pearson)
2018 - Organic Chemistry: A Digital Approach by Eric Kantorowski (Pearson)
2017 - Organic Chemistry by Hadad, Callam, Houseknecht and Spinney (Cengage)

STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISOR
Global Medical Brigades (2016 ¿ 2017)
Chemistry Club (2019 ¿ present)
 
Community Service:
Special Award Judging
North East Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) (2015)

Adviser/Supervisor of Science Project for a High School Student (2016)
Project Title: Analysis of BPA in bottled water

Destination Imagination: manager for a Rising Starts (second graders) team (2017)
Challenge: Save the Day

Destination Imagination: manager for an Elementary School (third graders) team (2018)
Challenge: Inside Impact

Destination Imagination: manager for an Elementary School (fourth graders) team (2019)
Challenge: Escape Artists

Destination Imagination: co-manager for an Elementary School (fifth graders) team (2020)
Challenge: To the rescue

Destination Imagination: manager for a Rising Starts (kindergartners) team (2020)
Challenge: Blast off!
 
Research Grants:
Textbook Affordability grant from the CSU Michael Schwartz library (US$1,000)
The Proposal involves the creation of an adaptive series of problem assigned to students to enhance their
understanding of the foundation principles of organic chemistry