Jill K. Robinson


President's Award for Teaching (2011)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry


Jill Robinson came to the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in the Fall of 2002 as a lecturer. In 2007, she was promoted in the teaching faculty line to the rank of Senior Lecturer. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Truman State University and a Ph.D. in Analytical and Atmospheric chemistry from the University of Colorado -Boulder. Her graduate research with Professor John Birks and Professor Kathy Rowlen involved the development of a miniature chemiluminescence instrument for measuring nitric oxide (NO) in the atmosphere and human breath. The instrument was patented for use in asthma clinics as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of asthma medications. Before accepting a position at IU, she was a member of the University of Wyoming chemistry faculty.

In addition to teaching in the areas of General, Analytical, and Environmental Chemistry, she is involved in a number of professional activities. She regularly present s at national conferences in the area of chemical education and is involved in a number of outreach activities for both teachers and students. As the National Chemistry Week Chair for the local ACS section, she organized an event which brought hundreds of students, parents, and teachers to campus to experience hands on activities, a haunted laboratory, and a chemistry magic show. She has also developed the chemistry section of a workshop entitled "Science in a Snap: A Summer Institute for Teachers." She serves as the faculty advisor for the professional chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma.