Michael Mostoller, a distinguished professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was named a master teacher during university convocation, NJIT’s annual fall awards ceremony.
Mostoller, of Princeton, received the master teacher designation for having demonstrated the highest level of teaching excellence. The designation is conferred by the NJIT Provost on tenured professors whose teaching has had a profound impact on NJIT students. The professors, who keep the title the entire length of their careers, are expected to take leadership roles in helping the university develop teaching excellence.
In his teaching, Mostoller bridges the gap between theory and practice, said NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson, who bestowed the award upon Mostoller. He has written extensively about the role of design, especially in terms of housing, she added. He is an award-winning architect who has designed many significant buildings and he has a keen interest in exploring theoretical propositions.
“But above all Mostoller has a passion for teaching,” said Nelson. “He is a superb pedagogue who is committed to the success of his students and encourages them to do their very best work. As a scholar-teacher-architect he acts as a role model for students as well as a mentor to younger faculty members. He continues to make a significant contribution to the New Jersey School of Architecture and is a highly respected and well-liked colleague.”