Chambers receives CoE's Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award

Chambers, who teaches lab courses MSE360 and 365, was selected for making a 'transformative impact' on students' learning.
Chambers receives CoE's Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award

Dr. Tim Chambers

MSE is proud to announce that the College of Engineering has selected Tim Chambers, instructional labs supervisor and adjunct lecturer, as the recipient of the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award for 2021-22. The award is given to non tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate level.

“Tim has raised the profile of MSE undergraduate education, particularly in our lab courses," stated MSE department chair Amit Misra. "He has made a transformative impact on students’ learning in the lab through innovative pedagogy and creating an inclusive, engaged and personalized learning environment.”

Chambers, who holds a B.S. in physics from U-M, joined the MSE staff in 2015, after earning an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Arizona. For the past five years he has taught lab courses MSE360 and 365. Recently he also has been helping out with Max Shtein's MSE ENG100 courses, as well as various MSE220/250 classes. 

Ask almost any MSE student, past or present, and they will point to Chambers as having had a significant impact on their materials education.

"Tim is quite possibly the best lab instructor I have ever had, and his dedication to helping students learn is unrivaled," commented Nathan Jarski '21.

Classmate Michelle Pikulinski agreed: "Through [Tim's] classes I gained countless indispensable skills that not only taught me more about materials science as a whole, but also made me feel confident to enter any lab setting in industry."

In response to being selected for the teaching award, Chambers remarked: "I'd like to thank the department leadership for nominating me for this award, my colleagues for their support and inspiration, and the students for tolerating my bad jokes and long answers to short questions."

Congratulations, Tim!