Chemistry professor Michael Hauser presented the Faculty Lecture titled Teacher-Student InteREACTION, Establishing the Proper Chemistry in the Classroom to open the spring semester at St Louis Community College–Meramec January 7. Mike was selected by a committee of his peers to receive the highest honor bestowed on a member the Meramec faculty; Mike is the first chemist to receive this honor. He used the opportunity to talk about his teaching philosophy and the role of the community college in educating the public. The award includes a cash prize. Previously, Mike was also honored with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (2002).
Mike received his BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Missouri–St Louis. In 1992, after eleven years as a research chemist at Monsanto, Mike turned his talents to teaching, with a position on the Physical Science faculty at St Louis Community College–Meramec. He has been active in the St Louis ACS Section serving as the College Awards Chair for the last 18 years. Mike and his wife Lynn are the proud parents of two teenage daughters Katrina and Rachel.