Physics Professor Richard Taylor exemplifies the kind of teacher who changes people’s lives. Even in classes with very large enrollments, Professor Taylor’s humorous, well organized, and challenging teaching inspires his students. One commented that, “I usually really dislike science but I thoroughly enjoyed this course! The professor made it really interesting with great examples and demonstrations and funny stories.”
Another student, who is majoring in Art took his course on Physics of Light and Color and commented, “I never missed one class and was always excited for his class. This was my favorite course this term and I hate science. I hope I can get him as a teacher for other science requirements. He is funny and lively and I will miss his drawings. I’m sad this class is over.” Professor Steve Kevan, Department Head of Physics summarized Dr. Taylor’s excellence as a teacher in the following manner, “This is the ‘Taylor paradigm’: he takes students who HATE science and gets them to appreciate it and look forward to class.”
Richard Taylor is a vigorous and productive scholar who chooses to devote his considerable talents to teaching lower division undergraduate students in large non-major courses. He is also actively engaged in the public lecture circuit both in Eugene and Portland, and regularly mentors high school science teachers. He is a fantastic teacher/scholar who is richly deserving of the Thomas F. Herman Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching.