Boucaud said the students help him see his subject matter and the world in general differently. He is always willing to work one-on-one with students who might need more attention.
"He teaches the material in a way that most are able to understand and he is willing to work with each student individually to help him or her to get the most out of the class," said Carla Breccia, a junior. "I enjoy working with Dr. Boucaud because he always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude."
However, Boucaud's classes are by no means easy. "He is constantly moving to deliver the next engaging assignment or the next insightful question," said Christian Eggers, associate professor of biomedical sciences and Boucaud's officemate. "I think, and I know the students think, that Dwayne is at the absolute forefront of the current thinking about teaching microbiology to undergraduates."
Boucaud is also very down to earth and able to relate with his students on many levels, Eggers said.
"Dwayne has prided himself on serving this university with distinction, whether it's on faculty committees, or serving as a mentor for students, including the Habitat for Humanity group," Eggers said. "He has been an integral part of the prehealth professions committee, the group responsible for shepherding the many medical school applicants out of Quinnipiac. This could almost be a full-time job in itself, but Dwayne does this on top of his other, not inconsiderable, advising and mentoring duties."
It is that personable aspect that may make him such a great professor.
"A few adjectives to describe Dwayne: fair, intelligent, thoughtful, considerate, very funny (he definitely makes me laugh often,) competitive, committed, humble and balanced," said Maureen Helgren, associate professor of physical therapy. "Although he has worked hard to achieve his status and is ambitious, he is a team-player. He is committed to the goals of the university. He goes beyond the call of duty to his students and is willing to devote time, effort and expertise to the challenges we face in higher education."