Thomas Brunold, professor of chemistry, wins Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Thomas Brunold exemplifies the characteristics of excellence, innovation and leadership. He has brought high standards of excellence and innovation to a large variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Although he teaches classes of more than 300 students on a regular basis, he is known for his unusual accessibility, his passion and his genuine concern for his students. Devotion to one’s students means adapting one’s own behavior and methods to maximize effectiveness. He has routinely pushed himself to incorporate new techniques into the classroom. His graduate and undergraduate courses are notable for their unique development of innovative materials. One overarching goal of his graduate courses concerns the incorporation of interactive exercises that enable students to actively explore complex phenomena, such as the origins of spectroscopic features of molecules, the creation of molecular orbital diagrams or the simulation of normal modes of vibration.