Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award Spring 2015
Matthew Gard has been teaching in the LMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2011. Originally from outside of Chicago, he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois State University. He continued his undergraduate research on aromaticity at the graduate level, earning an M.S. from Illinois State before moving to California to begin a doctoral program in Chemistry at UCLA. While at UCLA, he studied the photophysics and photochemistry of nano-sized organic crystals, and also first recognized his calling to teach. Teaching at LMU has further strengthened his love and dedication to teaching and he cherishes his work as teacher and mentor for LMU students.
His students and colleagues describe his courses "as very challenging, yet rewarding" and commend Matt for his commitment to student success and "his passion for teaching and the field of chemistry." Matt is a creative, deliberate, and reflective teacher who is always scouting new active learning strategies and real-world applications in order to make his challenging classes accessible and interesting to students from different backgrounds. He is an integral member of the Department who has contributed to many pedagogical departmental initiatives and developed key new elements and tools for different courses and labs.