“They’re going to have to kick me out of here one of these days.” A former fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Chuck Crowder has been working at Lewis for several years and is currently an Associate Professor of Physics. Chuck truly enjoys the time he spends at Lewis both inside and outside of the classroom.
Throughout his life, Chuck has had many accomplishments. One of his most notable was starting a laser company within AMOCO and running the business until it was sold. However, Chuck explains that his previous job came with a lot of stress and he felt he was aging dramatically. Even though he built a successful company, he was unsatisfied from a personal perspective. At Lewis, Chuck finds teaching extremely gratifying and he enjoys interrelating with college students. Chuck says he feels invigorated by Lewis because “the ability to interface with these very enthusiastic students that we have really keeps you young; maybe not young physically, but mentally young."
Since both of his parents were teachers, Chuck also aspired to be a teacher. He explains, “Teaching is something I had wanted to do for a longtime, so it’s the fulfillment of a lifetime ambition.” Chuck is delighted to work at an institution where the faculty is motivated and he is impressed with the level of commitment and talent. The personal interaction between professors and students is a feature of Lewis University that Chuck is very passionate about: “It’s not just an education, but a personally guided education.” Chuck strives to build a strong interface with his students, and he hopes to be remembered by them 20 years from now.
Chuck is ecstatic to be working in the new Science Center, which he believes is a fantastic facility. He often conducts experiments with his students and colleagues.
Most importantly, Chuck admires the Christian Brother’s mission and their willingness to educate people who are less advantaged than many. Chuck says, “This is a place that really touches your heart, and you can have a great long-term career here and a very rewarding one.”