Richard Taylor

Physics | 541-346-4741

Courses: Physics 153, Physics 201

In my classes you will:

  • Make connections to lived experiences and real-world challenges.
  • Practice foundational, transferrable skills.
  • Learn with and from peers.
  • Interact during exciting, participatory class meetings.
  • Develop a significant project that will challenge you and make you proud.
  • Understand what it means to be at a research university with the chance to gain new knowledge.
  • Explore new perspectives.

I was invited into the Teaching Academy because:

  • I am an Ersted Award Recipient.
  • I am a Herman Award Recipient.
  • I am a Williams Fellow.
  • I was recognized as an Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor.
  • I was a member of the Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning.
  • I was a member of the Working Group on Inclusive and Intercultural Teaching.
  • I participated in a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching.
  • I participated in the UO Summer Teaching Institute.
  • I was a Fellow in the Teaching Difference, Inequality, Agency CAIT Group.
  • I was a Fellow in the Teaching High-Challenge Gateway Courses CAIT Group.
  • I was a Fellow in the Teaching Online CAIT Group.

In what ways are you working to make your teaching inclusive?

As Head of the Physics Department, I am working with my faculty and students to enhance their educational experiences. We shouldn't forget that the process of sharing knowledge is an essential part of being human. Although we should respect its history and traditions, we should also embrace its evolution. Each generation brings new teaching challenges. That's what keeps this process alive.

What are you reading right now?

My mother and father were both teachers. They taught me many things but the most important one is that you can accept advice from others but, in the end, only you know what your dreams are - and you need to reach out for them.