John Bechtold, PhD, associate professor in the department of mathematical science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received an excellent in teaching award during NJIT’s annual university convocation.
Bechtold, of Ridgewood, received the award for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and for encouraging and guiding students to work at their highest academic level.
A gifted teacher known for his ability to explain both problem-solving techniques and mathematical theory, Bechtold has devoted his time and talents to courses such as calculus I and II, honors calculus, and differential equations.
He also coordinated several classes and introduced innovative teaching techniques. Letters from his former students praise him as one of the best professors on campus.
“I don’t think even he knows,” one former student wrote, “how much of an influence he has had on me.” Bechtold has previously received an NJIT award for undergraduate education, and an outstanding teaching award from the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT.