Longtime IVCC Instructor Wins Teaching Excellence Award

Longtime Illinois Valley Community College chemistry instructor and textbook author Dr. Matthew Johll of Granville recently won Illinois Valley Community College’s 2020 Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

Known affectionately to students as “Doc Johll,” he has been the college’s Chem Club advisor all 16 of his years at the college.  Under his leadership, the club has consistently earned “Outstanding” designations from the American Chemical Society.  

A frequent presenter at national conferences, Johll is renowned for his ability to help students understand the relevancy of chemistry in their lives.

Outside IVCC, Johll is a forensic chemistry consultant currently working with the La Salle County Coroner.  He is also working with a criminal case review commission in England, on an appeal for what Johll believes is a woman unjustly convicted by poor scientific analysis of evidence. 

He was part of a BBC documentary on a similar case in Scotland, where a nurse was wrongly convicted of murdering five patients.

As the Charry award winner, Johll is IVCC’s nominee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s 2020 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award.  The winner will be announced June 5 in Chicago.

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