Educator of the Month - JULY 2017
B. Montgomery Pettit, PhD, Director, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics; Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology Professor, Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Pettit was nominated for his dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to teaching. He is well respected and held in high esteem by both his students and peers. His is well known for his compassion towards others as well as his passion for education and incessant curiosity for science. Below, is a portion of the nomination letter submitted on his behalf by a student.
Dr. B. Montgomery Pettitt’s advocacy for interprofessional education is easily exhibited by his character and actions. Dr. Pettitt uses simple, comprehensive examples to teach complex subjects without belittling the intelligence of his students. He has mastered the delicate balance of challenging students with rigorous and difficult concepts while providing the time, care and support to help students achieve an exceptional mastery of the subject. The patience he exhibits is astonishing: he will not leave a student to hopelessly struggle with any concept. Instead, he puts in as much time as the student needs to understand the concept at hand.