• Professor Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan

    Senior Lecturer, Chemistry


    Dr. Matt Morgan grew up in Anderson, a small town in Northern California and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1985 from the US Air Force Academy. During a 26-year active-duty Air Force career he flew KC-135 air refueling aircraft during the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm.  Morgan received a Master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, his PhD in chemistry from Montana State University, and he also taught chemistry at the Air Force Academy. He began teaching at Hamline University in 2007, and was appointed to a full-time position as Senior Lecturer in 2009. Morgan is active in the American Chemical Society and is currently serving as Chair of the local section. His hobbies include athletic activities such as running, swimming, lifting weights, and martial arts, along with history, music, and role-playing games.


    Morgan’s teaching duties include General Chemistry lecture and lab classes along with Hamline’s Chemistry and Society course. General Chemistry is the first course sequence required for students who plan to major in chemistry, or a related discipline such as physics or biology.  Chemistry and Society is aimed at students who are not science majors but need to fulfill their Hamline Plan natural science requirement. His goals for Chemistry and Society are not only to have students learn some chemistry, but to give them an appreciation of the Scientific Method.  He also encourages students to increase their critical thinking skills, becoming scientifically literate citizens and voters. He incorporates educational technology such as student response devices, online homework, and automated laboratory data acquisition in all of his courses. Morgan teaches a hybrid online version of Chemistry and Society that serves as a model for presenting scientific material, including laboratory exercises, in an online format. He also enjoys teaching First Year Seminar courses.  These courses have explored topics including, the private lives of famous scientists, science applied to paranormal phenomena, and the educational benefits of role playing games.

    "I believe enthusiasm is infectious.  If you love teaching and are fascinated by the subject matter, then the students will pick up on that."

    -Matt Morgan