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Matt Camper

Matt Camper


Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice and Academic Programs, CAS

Master Instructor, Agricultural Biology

Office: C031 Plant Sciences and 159 Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building”
Phone: 970.491.0713 

Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice and Academic Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences

My scope of work in this role includes coordinating curriculum development and new program development in CAS, as well as assisting departments in adopting high impact teaching practices and evaluating teaching effectiveness.  I am also a passionate champion of the continuum of care for CSU students and on an inclusive and affirming environment for our students, faculty, and staff, especially as it relates to the classroom and curriculum

Master Instructor, Agricultural Biology

Currently, my time in this role is mainly spent in the classroom investigating, developing and refining tools to enhance the practice of teaching. I am interested in how writing-to-learn (WTL) models and other pedagogies can be used in science classrooms to help foster critical thinking and information retention for non-science majors.  One of my goals is to develop (and later implement) methods that bring hands-on science experiments/demonstrations to high enrollment (150 + student) classes at CSU. This includes both traditionally taught and online course development.

I have broad interests with respect to pest insect species in Colorado. Historically, my main focus over the past 10 years has been on insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. However, more recently, some of my focus has shifted toward urban entomology issues.

Other Responsibilities

I serve as a co-director of The CSU Bug Zoo The CSU Bug Zoo is a live arthropod collection that is housed in the Plant Sciences Building.  These arthropods are used in area outreach events.  The CSU Bug Zoo is very active in the Northern Colorado community and has significantly increased the number of students interacting with invertebrates from the zoo.  Each year, the Bug Zoo’s animals meet with over 40,000 students and community members from nearly 50 different schools and multiple other events across the state.

I am one of the faculty sponsors for the CSU Entomology club. This entomology club is the oldest continuously run student club at Colorado State University.   It was started in 1912 and continues with the same purpose: to promote education and enthusiasm in the field of entomology.

Courses I Teach

How insects develop, behave, and affect human activity. What every student should know about the most diverse life form on Earth.

Syllabus Fall & Spring

Syllabus Summer

Selected Publications

Gilman, N. V., Sagàs, J., Camper, M., Norton, A. P. (2017). A faculty-librarian collaboration success story: Implementing a teach-the-teacher library and information literacy instruction model in a first-year agricultural science course. Library Trends, 65(3)

Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper 2010. Pest Control Industry: An Assessment of Current Concerns and Needs in Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station Bull. No. TB10-01. pp. 1-5.

Schwartz, H. F., Gent, D. H., Fichtner, S. M., Khosla, R., Mahaffey, L. A., Camper, M. A., and Cranshaw, W. S. 2010. Spatial and temporal distribution of Iris yellow spot virus and thrips in Colorado onion fields. Online. Plant Health Progress doi: 10.1094/PHP-2010-0820-01-RS.

Camper, M.. 2007. Individual potato cultivar response to natural infestations of Bactericera cockerelli (Sulc) including studies on yield fluctuations produced by differing treatment schedules. M.S. Thesis. Colorado State University.

Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper. 2007. Management of poplar twiggall fly on nursery-grown aspen. J. Env. Hort. 25(1): 33-35.

Co-Author of 10 articles published in Arthropod Management Tests

Coordinated publication of 5 fact sheets on exotic Insects of concern to the Colorado Department of Agriculture:

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Emerald Ash Borer

European Wood Wasp

Gypsy Moth

Light Brown Apple Moth

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