Dr. John Thompson, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown associate professor of mathematics, has been named the 13th recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Thompson was recognized at Pitt-Johnstown’s 37th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, where he was presented with a special engraved medallion.
In announcing the award, Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar said, “We are very fortunate to have a person of Dr. Thompson’s strong commitment and professional accomplishment as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty. Through his passion for teaching and his work in mentoring students, he contributes in a most positive way to preparing our students for the real world.”
Dr. Thompson was recognized for his excellent rapport with students and use of real-world examples and applications in class. He knows his students, their abilities and provides a learning environment where they can be successful while differentiating between various levels of student achievement.
Dr. Thompson received his bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University, master’s degree at Bucknell University, and doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1998 and teaches courses in geometry, topology, and theoretical mathematics.
The award recognizes teaching excellence among the college’s faculty and to promote the college’s primary mission of quality undergraduate education. The award recipient must have demonstrated a high level of competence in all professional aspects of teaching, such as construction of courses, classroom presentation, assignments and grading; innovation in the classroom; commitment to undergraduate teaching; evidence of intensive and sustained attention to the teaching/learning process; instilling in students the desire to be lifelong learners, and availability to students.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.