Dr. Diane Bunce is a professor emeritus of Chemistry and former Patrick O’Brien Chemistry Scholar at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Starting in 2013, she has taught at the US Naval Academy in the Chemistry Department as the Kinnear Chair of Physical Sciences.
She conducts chemical education research. She has served as part of the original writing teams for three curricula projects developed by the American Chemical Society and now published commercially (ChemCOM, Chemistry in Context, and Chemistry-A Project of the American Chemical Society).
Bunce received her B.S. in chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., her master degree from Cornell University and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. She served as the founding feature editor and associate editor of chemical education research for the Journal of Chemical Education from 1996 to 2008. She has published articles, books, and textbooks about student learning and chemistry and is currently co-editing a book titled Tools of Chemical Education Research.
Bunce received the 2001 American Chemical Society’s Helen Free Award for Public Outreach and the 2012 Pimentel Award for Chemical Education. In 2004, she was elected as a AAAS Fellow, Education Division.