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Lander Physics Instructor David Red Wins General Education Teaching Award

May 13, 2015
            David Red, an instructor of physics at Lander University recognizes that many college students tend to be intimidated by physics, the branch of science concerned with the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. He says they might find the mathematics component especially challenging, and they often have a mindset that they will not be able to learn. So, he tries to present the subject matter in a way that relaxes them and captures and holds their attention.

            Dr. Lillian Craton, director of Lander’s Honors College, takes it a step further, saying of Red, “He has a unique ability to make physical science fun.” Craton added that students who might be in danger of dropping out when confronted with the challenges of general education could be saved if they are engaged by the right professor at the right moment.

            The Lander’s Honors Committee feels Red is that professor and has singled him out to receive the Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching. The first-time award is named for Dr. John Moore, professor of philosophy at Lander. Craton said the award honors Moore because of his lengthy commitment to general education teaching and his tireless contributions toward establishing Lander’s honors curriculum and community.

            Red’s reaction to receiving the award was simply stated. “I am very happy. It’s nice to be recognized.”

            He received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from LaSalle University, in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the track and field team. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in physics and a master’s in teaching from the University of Florida. He joined the faculty of Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics in 2002.

             Red said, “My teaching philosophy boils down to a belief in maintaining strict standards of thought while simultaneously allowing for an open atmosphere that encourages students to ask questions and challenge theories presented in class.”

 

Lander University Physics Instructor David Red triggers an explosive event to help demonstrate a component of physics. Red is the recipient of the 2015 John Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching.