Every year, the CSU Alumni Association recognizes the most outstanding CSU teachers with the Best Teacher Awards. Teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee of faculty, students and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. For 7 years, Matt Camper has taught entomology in the Department of Agricultural Biology. He serves as the director for the CSU Bug Zoo, the live arthropod collection used for Extension and outreach. Matt has broad research interests around pest insect species in Colorado, including insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. He assists with insect samples that are submitted by companies and individuals from around the United States and helps identify and create management plans for their pest problems. His work is expanding to urban entomology and the Cimex species (bedbugs and relatives) pest complex.
Not only is he one of the recipients of the Best Teacher Award for 2017, but he has received numerous awards including: The Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences; The Pi Beta Phi’s Professor/Teacher of the Month Award from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women; and The International Education “Globie” Award from CSU’s Office of International Programs (two-time winner!).
For more information about the Best Teacher Awards, please visit the Alumni Association website.