Middlecamp, Catherine H.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Catherine H. Middlecamp
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Distinguished Faculty Associate
Department of Chemistry


Dr. Catherine Middlecamp is a Distinguished Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of the Chemistry Learning Center. She teaches general chemistry for liberal arts students, an ethnic studies course in chemistry, and a graduate seminar to prepare future faculty. In 1998, she was elected a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy, and in 2000 received the Pharmacia Teaching Award in the Department of Chemistry. In 2001 she was elected by students as a distinguished member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars by the University of Madison-Wisconsin chapter. In 2002, she received an award from the Women Chemists Committee of the ACS for fostering diversity in the chemical sciences, and in the coming year she will serve as a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, and is the recipient of the 2003 Alliant-Underkoefler Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Middlecamp is a co-author of the 3rd and 4th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society and currently is working on the 5th edition. She has contributed chapters to several books on women in science. In 2000-02, she served as a Councilor to the National Executive Board of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and now is chairing the AWIS membership committee. She has served as a Village Elder for Project Kaleidoscope. For seven years, she has been a speaker and mentor at the University of Wisconsin System Women in Science Curriculum Reform Institute. She has contributed to two projects at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), one as a national advisory board member for the project "Women and Scientific Literacy" (1994 - 1999) and the other as a senior scholar for SENCER, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. She did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University (1968-72), graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Danforth Fellowship for graduate study, and earned her doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

Experience in Ensuring the Success of Under-represented Groups in STEM Learning Environments
Currently, I am exploring the connections between race, ethnicity and gender and the general chemistry courses that I teach. Last spring, I co-taught a new course "Environmental Chemistry & Ethnicity", the first science course to meet our general education requirement for diversity. For 15 years, I have directed the Chemistry Learning Center, an academic assistance program for groups under-represented in the sciences.