Professor Emeritus Gary Chottiner Reflects on 42 Years of Service

EXCERPT:  Countless faculty members have called Case Western Reserve University their professional home over the years—and recently, the university bid farewell to some of them as they chose to retire.

The Daily reached out to faculty members who announced their retirement after more than 40 years of service to the university in order to highlight their impact through teaching, mentorship, research and administrative accomplishments—and share them with the university community. 

Learn more about those who told us their stories. 

Gary Chottiner

Photo of Gary Chottiner

College of Arts and Sciences
42 years

Gary Chottiner, professor emeritus of physics at Case Western Reserve, is best known for his condensed matter physics research and his dedication to improving the undergraduate experience at CWRU. 

After earning his doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, Chottiner came to Case Western Reserve in 1980 and spent the next two decades researching experimental surface science and thin films. He has co-authored more than two dozen publications on the science of energy conversion and storage materials. 

In the early 2000s, Chottiner turned his career focus toward improving undergraduate education. He played a key role in forming the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education and helped establish the university’s new requirements for general education.

Looking back at his time at CWRU, Chottiner recalled his fondest memories as those spent teaching and working with colleagues in the Department of Physics. 

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