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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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.