Broide = Top Teacher
June 14, 2004
For the third time in five years, a professor in the sciences has been named Lewis & Clark’s Teacher of the Year. For 2004, students selected Michael Broide, associate professor and chair of physics, for the honor.
“For me, Michael Broide has been the teacher of my entire college career,” says Dmitri Gurkins ’05, who is double-majoring in physics and mathematics. “His teaching style and personality bridge the gap between a student and a professor. His door is always open.”
Broide has worked at Lewis & Clark since 1991. His scholarly interests include the physics of colloids and macromolecules, phase transitions, aggregation, pattern formation, light scattering, and optical instrumentation.
“Day after day, Michael comes to his classes not merely to lecture to his students, but to actively engage them in the process of learning,” said Gregory Mason ’04, a physics major. “Michael’s hard work creates an environment such that his students aspire to work as hard as he does. He is a great motivator.”
The top teacher is named each year by the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Society of Fellows, who solicit nominations from Lewis & Clark students.