Collard Appointed Interim Dean of College of Sciences
David M. Collard, professor and associate dean, will serve as interim dean of the College of Sciences. Collard will officially assume the role Aug. 1, following the departure of dean Paul Goldbart.
“Dr. Collard is a valued member of the faculty and administration in the College of Sciences,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “We are grateful for his continued leadership and trust the College is in great hands during this transition.”
Collard joined the Georgia Tech faculty in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1991. He served as the director of Graduate Studies from 1997 to 2005, and then as associate chair from 2005 to 2010. Collard has served as the associate dean for Academic Programs in the College of Sciences since 2010, a role in which he coordinates activities related to recruitment, retention, curricula, instructional facilities, scholarships, and awards. He also directs initiatives to broaden participation in STEM, build capacity for undergraduate research, and foster partnerships with neighboring, predominantly undergraduate institutions.
His teaching interests are in the field of organic chemistry, and he maintains a research program in polymer chemistry. Along with his teaching and research interests, Collard has served in leadership roles of on-campus experiential learning programs including National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate programs (REU), a 3M Undergraduate Summer Research Program, an NSF Scholarships in STEM & Living-Learning Community, and a number of U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need programs (GAANN). He also co-directs the Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) faculty development initiative that has engaged thousands of faculty members from institutions across the United States.
He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in refereed journals. Collard’s commitment to individual student research mentorship has included 24 Ph.D. graduates, 12 M.S. graduates, and 37 undergraduate researchers.
During his tenure, Collard has received all three of the Institute’s top teaching awards: the Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award, the Class of 1940 Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Eichholz Award. He is also the recipient of the Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Outstanding Use of Educational Technology Award and the Outstanding Ph.D. Advisor Award. His work in undergraduate education has also garnered awards from the National Science Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, he was the recipient of the University System of Georgia’s Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award in recognition of his commitment to teaching and student success.
Collard received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Sciences from the University of East Anglia, U.K., in 1983.
Collard will serve until a new dean is named. A search chair and advisory committee will be selected in the next several weeks to conduct an international search for the College’s next leader. Jennifer Herazy, associate provost for Operations, will serve as search director.