Professor David Malik received his B.S. in Chemistry from California State University, East Bay in 1968, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics a year later, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1976. After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he joined IUPUI in 1980 as an assistant professor. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. He was a Founding Faculty member of University College in 1997. He was named Chancellor's Professor in 2002. He has also served as Associate Executive Vice President, Indiana University and is currently the University Director, Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at IU Northwest.
Professor Malik's research was originally in theoretical chemistry and focused on energy exchange in atomic-molecular systems, potential energy surfaces, and interactions of molecules with applied fields. More recent work has shifted to issues of academic administration and the pedagogy of chemical education including placement efficacies and peer-led team learning strategies.
Professor Malik has received numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Service Award, Indiana University President's Award, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Intercollegiate Athletics Teaching Awards, FACET, and a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of California at San Diego. He has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the American Chemical Society.