Mary Beth Anzovino

Dr. Mary Beth Anzovino

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Mary Beth Anzovino joined the GGC faculty in fall 2016. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While at UW, she did research in the fields of synthetic organic methodology and chemistry education. Her doctoral research involved designing new general chemistry laboratory experiments and evaluating these experiments using a new survey she developed to assess students’ awareness of and attitudes toward scientific research. From Madison, she moved to Miami University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow (investigating organic chemistry students’ understanding of nucleophiles and electrophiles) and a visiting assistant professor (teaching general and organic chemistry courses).

Anzovino believes that teaching and learning should be a conversation among instructor and students, with information being shared in all directions, rather than a unidirectional transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. She incorporates active-learning techniques and computer simulations into her lessons to help her students engage more fully with chemistry.


  • Doctorate – chemistry – University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Bachelor's – chemistry – Williams College

Academic Interests

  • Assessment
  • Curricular design
  • Students' understandings of foundational concepts in chemistry


  • Anzovino, M.E.; Bretz, S.L. Organic chemistry students' fragmented ideas about the structure and function of nucleophiles and electrophiles: a concept map analysis. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2016, 17, 1019–1029. 
  • Anzovino, M.E.; Bretz, S.L. Organic chemistry students' ideas about nucleophiles and electrophiles: the role of charges and mechanisms. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2015, 16, 797–810.
  • Anzovino, M.E.; Greenberg, A.E.; Moore, J.W. Experimenting with Synthesis and Analysis of Cationic Gemini Surfactants in a Second-Semester General Chemistry Laboratory. J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92(3), 524–528.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (Division of Chemical Education)