Brett McCollum

Brett McCollum

Mount Royal University Board of Governors Teaching Chair in Educational Leadership

PhD Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
B.Sc. Chemistry, Simon Fraser University

Office: B276J
Phone: 403.440.8765

Additional Research Projects

Dr. Brett McCollum is a Professor of Chemistry at Mount Royal University, a Nexen Scholar of Teaching and Learning, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a software developer. His research focuses on effective uses of technology for teaching and learning, chemistry language learning, open education resources, and research partnerships with students. His teaching duties have encompassed general chemistry, organic, inorganic, physical, nuclear, and spectroscopy.

McCollum is the recipient of the ACIFA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2012), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2015), MRFA Teaching Award (2016), and MRU Distinguished Faculty Award (2017). He has also served as the Acting Academic Director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

List of Projects

Students with an interest in chemistry education research that wish to apply for a research position in my team should contact me at regarding possibilities for a CHEM 5201 project. Include a copy of your MRU transcript, career goals, and a brief statement of interest. Applicants must have completed Organic Chemistry I with a grade of B+ or higher and intend to complete a chemistry major or minor.

Recent Publications

  • Acai, A., Akesson, B., Allen, M., Chen, V., Mathany, C., McCollum, B., Spencer, J., Verwoord, R. (2017). Success in Student-Faculty/Staff SoTL Partnerships: Motivations, Challenges, Power, and Definitions. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8 (2).
  • McCollum, B., Fleming, C., Plotnikoff, K., Skagen, D. (2017). Relationships in the Flipped Classroom. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • McCollum, B., Sepulveda, A., Moreno, Y. (2016). Representational Technologies and Learner Problem Solving Strategies in Chemistry. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 4 (2).
  • McCollum, B. (2016). Improving Academic Reading in Chemistry through Flipping with an Open Education Digital Textbook. In Schultz, M., Holme, T. (ed.) Technology and Assessment Strategies for Improving Student Learning in Chemistry. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society Symposium Series.
  • McCollum, B. (2016). Situated Science Learning for Higher Level Learning with Mobile Devices. In Kennepohl, D. (ed.) Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work. Stylus.
  • McCollum, B.M., Regier, L., Leong, J., Simpson, S., Sterner, S. (2014). The impact of iPads on students' spatial visualization and spatial orientation skills. Journal of Chemical Education 91 (11), 1810 - 1817.
  • West, R., Samedov, K., Mitra, A., Percival, P.W., Brodovitch, J.C., Langille, G., McCollum, B.M., Iwamoto, T., Ishida, S., Jones, C., Li, J. (2014). Germanium-centered free radicals studied by muon spin spectroscopy. Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 92, 1 - 6.
  • McCollum, B. (2014). Nuclear Energy is Worth the Risk. ABC-Clio World Geography.
  • McCollum, B. (2013). Organic Chemistry: Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. iOS app, Apple.
  • Percival, P.W., McCollum, B.M., Brodovitch, J.C., Driess, M., Mitra, A., Mozafari, M., West, R., Xiong, Y., Yao, S. (2012). Dual Reactivity of a Stable Zwitterionic N-Heterocyclic Silylene and Its Carbene Complex Probed with Muonium. Organometallics, 31 (7), 2709 - 2714.