Dean of Undergraduate Education, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Michael Dennin has been a professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine (UCI) since 1997 and was appointed as the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning & Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education in May 2015. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Princeton University, and his PhD and Masters in Physics from UCSB. He is a recipient of UC Irvine’s Senate awards in all three categories: Distinguished Mid-Career Award for Service, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research. Professor Dennin has been very active in translating educational research to practical applications within the university. He is dedicated to public outreach in the area of science – teaching a number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including co-teaching one based on the AMC television program The Walking Dead. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including Science of Superman, Spider-man Tech, Batman Tech, Star Wars Tech, and Ancient Aliens. Recently, he published a science outreach book on the intersection between science and faith called Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith, from Franciscan Media.