By Avery Merrick
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – David Nugiel, an assistant professor of chemistry at Camden County College, has accomplished many things in his years in science and teaching.
He “effectively managed teams of scientists (up to 15 members) and directed all chemistry-related aspects of the preclinical drug discovery process,” according to his resume, he “provided expert medicinal chemistry advice during in-license opportunity due diligence,” and he received the “AstraZeneca 2008 Scientific Breakthrough Award (second highest scientific honor).”
Before he started teaching at CCC, he worked for seven years at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Del. He said his greatest accomplishment was “working on a new approach to depression, which is currently in phase two clinical trials.”
Nugiel has been teaching at CCC for four years. He said he applied for the job after reading about an opening on the college website. “I was looking to change careers and wanted to go into teaching,” he said.
He said he chose to work at CCC because “the student body provides a unique and challenging mix of students.”
Two students who know Nugiel, Heather Marinari and Natalie Nicoletto, had many complimentary words to say about him.
Marinari said she knows he likes the Flyers and has season tickets, he was a pharmacist and he has two children, “one is in college and one is in high school.” She said she would rate him a 10 as a teacher because “he explains everything well to students who cannot understand” his material. She said he “has really good office hours” and she would take another class with him because he has a “really good way of teaching students.”
Nicoletto said “he’s a great teacher” and a tutor. On a scale of 1 to 10, she rated him an 8 as a teacher because “he is so smart and I am struggling to keep up but he is helpful but I wish he could explain chemistry a little easier in the way I can relate.” She said she would take another class with him because “in the end, I will understand his chemistry.”