Tina Tao earned a B.S. in chemistry from Gettysburg College in 2005 and a M.A. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2008. She was the organic chemistry lab coordinator at York College of Pennsylvania before arriving at St. Lawrence in 2012, first teaching general chemistry labs and eventually teaching in the First Year Program. Her FYP courses include Sherlock Holmes and the Art and Science of Reasoning (co-taught with Jeff Maynes) and Spice, Sex, and Science: History through the Eyes of a Chemist.
Since the fall of 2015, Tina has been the Coordinator of Academic Support. She provides one-on-one advising to students seeking help with course selection, time management, metacognition (thinking about one's thinking), study, reading, and note-taking skills, and a variety of other academic success skills. She also works with the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the First Year Program (FYP).
A Lancaster (pronounced: LANG-kiss-ter), PA native, Tina is currently working on her Ed.D. in Higher Ed Administration at Northeastern University. When she's not meeting with students or doing her homework, she enjoys family time with her husband, Jeff, and their mini goldendoodle, Chompsky (who can be seen on campus often). Tina is a board-game enthusiast, sings alto with The Any Music Singers (TAMS), and hopes to one day meet a majestic moose in the Adirondacks.
M.A. in Chemistry
B.S. in Chemistry
- Metacognition strategies, improving STEM retention for underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students
Regularly Taught Courses:
- FYP - Sherlock Holmes and the Art and Science of Reasoning
- FYS - Spice, Sex, and Science: History through the Eyes of a Chemist
- ND 3029 - Academic Skills: Theory and Practice
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- "Athletic Supplementations and Their Effects in the Body" - Dylan Babcock, '19 (McNair Scholar Summer Project)