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NJIT Professor John Bechtold Named Master Teacher

John Bechtold, PhD, an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was recently named a master teacher during university convocation, NJIT’s annual fall awards ceremony.

Bechtold, of Ridgewood, 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.

“Bechtold has established an exemplary record as a teacher and educator at NJIT and has been an integral part of the success of the department of mathematical sciences,” said NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson, upon conferring the award upon Bechtold. “He is an outstanding teacher who has had a positive and lasting impact on the many students who have taken his classes and benefited from his considerable talents and dedication.”

Bechtold has also served the NJIT community through his continued involvement in advising, mentoring and curriculum development, she said.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.