Herbert R Fynewever

Herb Fynewever


  • BS, Calvin College, 1994.
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1998

Professional History

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, 2005-2009
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University, 2000-2005
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney, 1998 - 2000


Academic interests


Research and scholarship

My particular research focus is on the role of formative assessment inside and outside of the classroom. By formative assessment, I mean a process in which students receive feedback regarding their thinking and understanding while they are doing the work associated with learning. To further illustrate what I mean by formative assessment, contrast it with the more typical summative assessment. Often in schools, most assessment is summative: the teachers’ feedback is in the form of a grade and comments after students complete the test, paper, or homework. In this way, the assessment measures the result of learning but does not contribute (in any direct way) during the learning process.


Undergraduate student names appear in bold                        

C. Henderson, H. Fynewever, H. Petcovic, A. Bierema, “Identifying the local impacts of national ATE Centers on their host institutions: An exploratory study” Community College Review 40, 2012; 3-24.

M. Turner, K. VanderHeide, H. Fynewever, “Motivations for and barriers to the implementation of diagnostic assessment practices – a case study” Chemical Education Research and Practice 12, 2011; 142-157.

M. Ludwig, A. Bentz, H. Fynewever, “Your syllabus should set the stage for assessment for learning.” Journal of College Science Teaching 40, 2011; 20-23.

O. Gulacar, H. Fynewever, “A Research Methodology for Studying What Makes Some Problems Difficult to Solve.” International Journal of Science Education 32, 2010; 2143-2166.

S.W. Ziebarth, H. Fynewever, G. Akom, K.E. Cummings, A. Bentz, J.A. Engelman, M. Ludwig, L.A. Noakes, E. Rusiecki, “Current Developments in Assessment for Learning in Universities and High Schools in Michigan: Problems and Perspectives in Mathematics and Science Education.” Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation 6, 2009; 1-22.

H. Fynewever, C. Henderson, S. Barry+, S. Erwin+, S. Hanson+, M. Huber+, M. Z. Lindow+, and K. Mirakovits+ “Honing teachers’ behind the scenes work: Pragmatic ideas from best practices.” Michigan Science Teacher Association Journal 53, 2008; 2-7.

H. Fynewever, “A comparison of the effectiveness of web-based and paper-based homework for General Chemistry.”  The Chemical Educator 13, 2008; 264-269.

P. Meyer, H. H. Hong, H. Fynewever, “Inquiry-based Chemistry Curriculum for Pre-service Education Students: Assessing by Juxtaposition with Direct Instruction.”  The Chemical Educator 13, 2008; 120-124.


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