Humans of PCC: Professor Matt Glazewski
Professor Matt Glazewski received his B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in Meteorology from Penn State, an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) in Natural Resources Policy & Administration from Portland State University, and has completed work toward an M.S. (Master of Science) in Climatology at the University of Maryland.
Glazewski has previously worked in many posts at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center, and more recently in various local government roles in the Portland metropolitan area. He is actively working toward climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and efforts within public utilities in the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve taken Oceanography and Global Climate Change with Matt, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions about himself and the complex course he teaches here at PCC:
First off, how long have you been at PCC?
I was hired in June of 2014, but didn’t begin teaching until that September..
How long have you been teaching the class on global climate change / How has the changing administration affected your teaching style?
The GCC (Global Climate Change) course came new to PCC during the 2015-2016 school year, and I’ve taught it a total of three times now. I wouldn’t say that the current administration has changed my style much, largely because the earth system is so much larger than any one person or government – it can’t be bullied very easily in a short period of time.
If there was one thing you wanted the students to do before the class what would it be?
I would challenge the students to read a short journal article on climate change science, but then to also take a long and hard look around themselves to see if they can identify things they could personally affect to help moderate climate change.
Any good documentaries lately?
Phoo. Well, admittedly I don’t watch as many as perhaps I would like… but one I saw that I really enjoyed since I’m a closet foodie is called “Kings of Pastry.” It follows a group of world-class French pastry chefs as they compete for France’s most prestigious craftsmen award: Meilleur Ouvrier de France, awarded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.