I want to learn more about Chemical Education Research (CER) to determine if this is a path for me. I propose to evaluate how my work in CER would integrate within the Wooster Chemistry Department, the College, and the national chemistry and STEM community. My graduate training was as a synthetic organic chemistry at the interface of chemistry and biology, and my postdoctoral training was as a structural biochemist. In my 15 years at Wooster, I have grown into a passionate professor and have conducted synthetic organic chemistry research. I am on research leave through August 2012. After immersing myself in lab work these past 4 months, I have realized that I am interested in the traditional synthetic work of an organic chemist, but I am not currently inspired. Over the years, I have developed an interest in CER and working with at-risk students. I want to explore how a traditional organic chemist can transition into CER and identify my scholarly niche at Wooster and beyond. To do this, I need to immerse myself in the literature and tap into the CER community by meeting with CER experts and attending key meetings. I am also in search of a community of organic chemists who want to use CER practices to integrate teaching and research. Ultimately, I want to know if CER is a way for me to expand my contributions as an organic chemist and as a teacher-scholar and potentially as an academic center leader.