Carnegie Mellon University

Rea Freeland

Rea Freeland

Associate Head, Chemistry


1986     Ph.D. Psychology (Cognitive), Carnegie Mellon University


Chemistry Ph.D. Program

As associate department head, I work with the Graduate Program Committee (GPC), particularly on supporting ABD students toward timely graduation. I serve as graduate ombudsperson to support and advise students who are having difficulties where a confidential sounding board or referrals to additional resources would be helpful. I am also the Chair of Graduate Recruiting.


My role also includes collaborating with the department head on a wide variety of matters including junior faculty mentoring.

Enhancing Departmental Visibility

I work with the department's web/graphic designer to develop and enhance the department's web site, and other marketing and recruiting materials.


Linked Active Content: A Service for Digital Libraries for Education
Yaron, D., Milton, D. J., and Freeland, R., ACM Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 25-32 (2001).

Networked virtual laboratory as a flexible learning environment for solution chemistry
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Lange, D., Milton, D.J., and Karabinos, M., National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, April 2001.

A Systematic Process for Enhancing Ph.D. Programs in Chemistry
Freeland, R., Poster for Gordon Conference on Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching. Ventura, CA, January 2001.

Interactive Software for Chemical Education
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Milton, D.J., Lange, D., and Karabinos, M., Poster for Gordon Conference on Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching. Ventura, CA, January 2001.

Using Simulations to Transform the Nature of Chemistry Homework
Yaron, D., Freeland, R., Lange, D., and Milton, D.J., CONFCHEM On-line Conference on Using Computer Simulations in General Chemistry, Summer 2000.

Collected Wisdom: Strategies & Resources for TA
Freeland, R. (1998). Carnegie Mellon: Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence.

Overview of Cognitive Principles in Learning Technical Material
Freeland, R., NSF Engineering Education Scholars Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA. July 1996-99. Invited speaker.


2000–present Associate Head, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
2002–2016 Associate Dean for Special Projects, Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
1993–1999 Associate Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University
1987–1993 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate School
1986–1987 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst