SciTech Faculty - Matt Scanlon

Scanlon, Matt
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Geoscience
B.A. St. Vincent College
Ph.D. Montana State University

I was born in Trafford, Pa. I received a B.A. from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Montana State University. I taught at Auburn University for one year, did a post doc for the Department of Energy for two years and have been teaching here ever since, 12 plus years. I also have done research at several venues, such as NASA, the University of Tennessee and Furman University. For fun, I go rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, motorcycling, bicycling, scuba diving and anything that involves some amount of danger. I love my job and will be here until I retire.

What have you learned while teaching at Fairmont State?: 

A lot -- here are just a few examples:

  • I have learned to hold my temper
  • I have learned to love my job.
  • I have learned to appreciate others’ points of view and have learned to take whatever I can from other instructors and bring to my classroom.
  • I have learned that no one method of teaching is the best, and that various people will get the same material across using different methods. • Most importantly I have learned to learn from my students.
What do your students like best about your class?: 

I can tell you that most students like my class, at least those who are willing to put forth some effort. I do make it very clear what they have to know on examinations, and what they are expected to learn out of the class. One thing I can tell you is that I am concerned about every single student in my class, and hope that all of them succeed. I will do whatever is necessary to help students succeed, but they do have to come to me first.