Issa Salame

Chemical Education

Main Affiliation

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Science Education

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Science Education

Building

Marshak Science Building

Office

1232

Phone

212-650-6924

Issa Salame

Profile

Issa Salame holds a PhD in en­vironmental analytical chemistry from CUNY where he studied adsorption of organic molecules onto activated carbons and the removal of toxins from the envi­ronment. After graduate school, he became interested in science education and the understanding of how students learn chemis­try through the various methods of teaching. Over the past several years, Prof. Salame has been involved in the teacher preparation programs at CCNY that attracts students to science and mathematics and guides and facilitates their teacher certification process. He is passion­ate about teaching and believes that his job is to reach each student, relate the subject to the student, and make the con­cepts, not only comprehendible, but also meaningful.

Prof. Salame is working on research that improves understanding of how students learn chemistry through various methods of teaching. His research focuses on identifying common chemistry misconceptions, addressing misconceptions and improving students' conceptual understanding of chemistry. Of special interests are the student-centered instructional reform and pre-service and in-service teacher training. His current projects include examining students’ and secondary school teachers’ interpretations of atomic representations, and students’ misconceptions about atomic sizes and periodic properties.  Prof. Salame currently has funding from NSF related to STEM education in the amount of $600K for a project titled: Introduction of Computer-based Analytic Methods to Teacher Education Programs for Future Middle School Science Teachers.        

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York. Thesis: “Effect of Surface Chemistry and Porosity of Activated Carbons on the Adsorption of Water and Organic Pollutants”.

Date Conferred: 2002 

Master of Philosophy, M.Ph. Chemistry, The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York

Date Conferred: 2001 

Bachelor of Science B.S., Chemistry, The City College of New York of the City University of New York

Date Conferred: 1997 

Courses Taught

CHEM 10301: General Chemistry Lecture-Laboratory I

CHEM 10401: General Chemistry Lecture-Laboratory II

CHEM 310: General Chemistry for Engineers

CHEM 26200: Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques I

CHEM 26100: Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 24300: Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 1100: Environmental Chemistry

“Inquiry Approach to Science Teaching”

“Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science”

“Introduction to Modern Concepts in Organic Chemistry”

“Principles of Atomic Theory”

SCI 10300: Science 1” – science for non-science majors

SCI 10400: Science 2” – science for non-science majors

“Chemistry of the Environment”

“Molecular Modeling”

“Principles of Atomic Theory”

“Chemistry Education Practicum”

Research Interests

Science education: understanding how students learn science through the various methods of teaching; exploring how students construct scientific knowledge; optimizing conceptual understanding; improving problem solving and critical thinking skills of chemistry students; identifying misconceptions students possess about science; utilizing technology to improve student learning and performance.  

Publications

Salame, I. I., Hanna, E. (2020). Studying the impact of online homework on the perceptions, attitudes, study habits, and learning experiences of chemistry students. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 16(4), 1-8.

Salame, I. I., Soliman, A. (2020). Examining Students’ Perceptions About an Adaptive-Responsive Online Homework System and its Influence on Motivation and Learning, International Journal of Educational Technology and Learning, 9(1), 1-9.

Salame, I. I., Casino, P., and Hodges, N. (2020). Examining Challenges that Students Face in Learning Organic Chemistry Synthesis, International Journal of Chemistry Education Research, 4(1), 1-9.

Salame, I. I., Sabi, S., and Hamid, S. (2020) A Study of the Globe Program and its Impact on Public School Teachers and Their Students, Journal of Academic Perspectives, 1, 1-19.

Salame, I. I., and Thompson, A. (2020). Students’ Views on Strategic Note-taking and its Impact on Performance, Achievement, and Learning, International Journal of Instruction, 13(2), 1-16.

Salame, I. I., and Nazir, S. (2019). The Impact of Supplemental Instruction on the Performance and Attitudes of General Chemistry Students, International Journal of Chemistry Education Research, 3(2), 53-59.

Salame, I. I., and Samson, D. (2019). Examining the Implementation of PhET Simulations into General Chemistry Laboratory, International Journal of Environmental & Science Education, 14(4), 207-2017.

Salame, I. I. Shafic, S., and Patel, S. (2019). Examining Some of the Students’ Challenges in Learning Organic Chemistry, International Journal of Chemistry Education Research, 3(1), 6-14.

Salame, I. I., Kodra, A., and Murugesan, B. G. (2018). Multiple Intelligence Theory in a Science Classroom: A Study to Understand Student Preferences in Relating and Understanding Fundamental Concepts in a General Chemistry Classroom, Journal of Academic Perspectives, 2, 1-16.

Steinberg, R., Wyner, Y., Borman, G., and Salame, I. I. (2015). Targeted Courses in Inquiry Science for Future Elementary School Teachers, Journal of College Science Teaching, 44, pp 51-56.

Salame, I. I., Sarowar, S., Begum, S., and Steinberg, R. (2014). Making Sense of How Students Interpret Atomic Representations, Journal of Academic Perspectives, 4, 1-17.

Salame, I. I., and Hershberger, N. (2013). Studying the Impact of Online-Homework on Students’ Attitudes and performance in General Chemistry. Journal of Academic Perspectives, 2, 1-18. (Major Contribution)

Krauss, D. A., and Salame, I. I. (2012). Interspecific Killing of a Brant by a Male Canada Goose at a Nest Site. Northeastern Naturalist, 19, 701-704.

Krauss, D. A., Goodwynn, L., and Salame. I. I. (2012). A Case of a Warbler Eating Berries. EcoEd Digital Library. 1, 1.

Salame, I. I., Sarowar, S., Begum, S., and Krauss, D. A. (2011). Students’ Alternative Conceptions about Atomic Properties and the Periodic Table, Chemical Educator, 16, 190-194.

Krauss, D. A., Salame, I. I., and Goodwynn, L. (2010). Using Photographs as Case Studies to Promote Active Learning in Biology, Journal of College Science Teaching, 40, 72-76.

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2003). Role of Surface Chemistry in Adsorption of Phenol on Activated Carbons, Journal of Colloid Interface Science, 264, 307-312.

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2002). Interactions of Water, Methanol and Diethyl Ether Molecules with the Surface of Oxidized Activated Carbon, Journal of Molecular Physics, 100, 2041-2048.

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2001). Study of Diethyl Ether Adsorption on Activated Carbons Using IGC at Finite Concentration, Langmuir, 17, 4967-4972.

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2001). Surface Chemistry of Activated Carbons: Combining the Results of Temperature Programmed Desorption, Boehm and Potentiometric Titration. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 240, 252-258.

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2000). Adsorption of Water and Methanol on Micro- and Mesoporous Wood-Based Activated Carbons, Langmuir, 16, 5435-5440. (Major Contribution)

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (2000). Comparison of the Surface Features of Two Wood-Based Activated Carbons, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 39, 301-306. (Major Contribution)

Salame, I. I., Bagreev, A., and Bandosz, T. J. (1999). Revisiting the Effect of Surface Chemistry on Adsorption of Water on Activated Carbons. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B., 103, 3877-3884. (Equal Contribution)

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (1999). Experimental Study of Water Adsorption on Activated Carbons, Langmuir, 15, 587-593. (Major Contribution)

Salame, I. I., and Bandosz, T. J. (1999). Study of Water Adsorption on Activated Carbons with Different Degrees of Surface Oxidation, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 210, 367-374. (Major Contribution)

Awards and Honors

2019: Teacher of the Year, City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP), The Division of Science, City College of New York

2018: Alumni Association Faculty Service Award, The City College of New York

2016: Teacher of the Year, City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP), The Division of Science, City College of New York

2015: Teacher of the Year, City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP), The Division of Science, City College of New York

2013: Teacher of the Year, City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP), The Division of Science, City College of New York

2012: Provost’s Award for Innovations in Educational Pedagogies, City College of New York

2011: Teacher of the Year, City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP), The Division of Science, City College of New York

2007: Outstanding Teacher, presented by Phi Theta Kappa, Borough of Manhattan Community College

2005: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, City College of New York