Rick Marta, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 2020

Chemistry & Physics and Astronomy

Rick Marta Portrait
Rick Marta, a lecturer and Materials and Nanosciences (MNS) academic advisor for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy, is well known for his passion for teaching. His students recognize his “dedication to developing course materials, assisting his students during experiments, and his ability to provide one-on-one support.” Many of his students praise his open-door policy as he ensures that he welcomes everyone who needs support, or is always open for a friendly conversation. Marta’s passion and enthusiasm for chemistry has inspired many students to enter the field and pursue further education. As one colleague wrote, “students marvel at his ability to present difficult concepts lucidly and in plain language; they praise his willingness to sit down with each of them to explain it all over again, no matter how large the class or how long the hours.” Marta’s friendly personality and demeanour demonstrates that he genuinely cares deeply about the educational aspirations of each student. His impact on student learning extends far beyond the classroom.