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Faculty: Dr. Herb Fynewever

herb fyneweverHerb Fynewever, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: DeVries Hall 305
Phone: (616) 526-7711
Fax: (616) 526-6501

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Detailed Research Plans


  • B.S., Calvin College, 1994.
  • Ph.D., 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


  • Chem 103 & 103L: General Chemistry I & General Chemistry I Laboratory >> Syllabus
  • Chem 104 & 104L: General Chemistry II & General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 304 & 304L: Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences & Laboratory
  • Chem 318 & 318L: Physical Chemistry II & Physical Chemistry II Laboratory

Research Interests

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.


Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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