Garon Smith’s Griz card identifies him as “G. Wiz” and includes a photo of him wearing wizard robes. The nickname stands for “Garon the Wizard,” a professor who knows the value of incorporating a little entertainment into his undergraduate chemistry classes. Smith surmises that among the reasons he earned this year’s victory is the fact that he shares with his students all of the fascinating aspects of chemistry, such as how snowflakes form and why the sky is blue, in a quirky way that sticks. It likely helps that Smith periodically casts a “spell” related to the day’s lesson. “No one ever said that you can’t have fun while learning,” Smith says.
Finalists, Best UM Professor
2. Garry Kerr
3. Robert Stubblefield
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)