Distinguished Teaching, Counseling or Librarianship Award, 2018-19
Department of Geological Sciences
Dr. Matthew d’Alessio has served in the Department of Geological Sciences at CSUN since 2009 and was named the recipient of the CSU Northridge Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor d’Alessio is a ‘teacher of teachers’ that researches how to teach science effectively at the K-12 and university levels. He helped his department redesign its undergraduate curriculum to include a greater focus on science communication and practical problems within the community. He has redesigned or created seven new courses at CSUN using team-based learning, computer simulations, and peer micro-teaching. He was the chief writer of the 2016 California Framework for K-12 Science, a state document that guides teachers, curriculum designers, and test makers for California’s six million public school students.