Michelle Driessen

portrait of Professor Michelle Driessen

Michelle Driessen

General Chemistry Director, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 113
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. Minnesota State University-Mankato, 1992

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1997

Research Interests

My interests are focused on the development of new teaching methods to improve educational outcomes for undergraduates and educational materials for use in general chemistry. My work in these areas has included implementation of a problem- and team-based laboratory curriculum, an online course for introductory chemistry, a reduced-seat-time flipped general chemistry curriculum, and a peer-led workshop program to support students in general chemistry.

Honors and Awards

2018 Brasted Award for Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching from American Chemical Society Minnesota Section

2016-17 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education


Professor Driessen is co-author of a textbook on introductory chemistry, Introductory Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach. The textbook, written with co-author Julia Burdge, uses an atoms first approach specific to introductory and general chemistry.

Mailing Address

Michelle Driessen
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
D-7, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431