Mai Yin Tsoi

Dr. Mai Yin Tsoi

Professor of Chemistry

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Biography

Dr. Mai Yin Tsoi is a charter member of the chemistry discipline at Georgia Gwinnett College. A professor of chemistry in the School of Science and Technology, she holds a doctoral degree in science education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Vassar College. She was an adjunct professor with Georgia Perimeter College for two years before joining GGC. With 10 years of K-12 teaching experience in chemistry, physics, math, astronomy, and earth science, she was named Gwinnett County’s Teacher of the Year in 2006 and finalist in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. She received the GGC Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2010 and the GGC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019.

One of Tsoi’s major contributions at GGC is her leadership in the implementation of the high-impact teaching (HIT) practice specifications grading (SG) across multiple disciplines and throughout all levels of classes. To date, over 1,400 students have experienced SG in over 25 different courses. The SG Faculty Learning Community was granted funding from the SST National Science Foundation STEM CURE Mini-Grant to support this ongoing work.

Tsoi also worked on the GGC iTouch Project, in which funds awarded by GGC’s vice president of Student Affairs were used to facilitate and investigate student learning in chemistry with Apple iTouch devices. This work was recognized with the TAG Excalibur Award and the Blackboard Catalyst Award. She also started an interdisciplinary project between her organic chemistry students and software development students to design mobile applications that illustrated complex chemistry concepts.

Over 2,000 students have been on “Team Tsoi” during her 20+ years of teaching. At GGC, she often laughs and sings her signature science analogies in classes and labs like Principles of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

Education

  • Doctorate – science education – University of Georgia
  • Master’s – organic chemistry – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor’s – chemistry – Vassar College

Academic Interests

  • Science education
  • Instructional technology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Mobile learning

Distinctions

  • 2013 Nominated for GGC Teaching Excellence
  • 2012 Blackboard Catalyst Award in Mobile Innovation
  • 2011 Technology of Georgia's Excalibur Award in Educational Organizations for iTouch Project
  • 2006 Finalist – Georgia Teacher of Year
  • 2006 Gwinnett Teacher of Year
  • 2005 Georgia Perimeter College Woman of Impact