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President's Award for Teaching Excellence

President's Award for Teaching Excellence

Article Body Brian Houston, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown associate professor of civil engineering technology, has been named the 14th recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  Mr. Houston was recognized at Pitt-Johnstown’s 38th 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 extremely fortunate to have a person of Mr. Houston’s caliber and dedication as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty.  He encompasses all of the qualities required for this most esteemed award. The fact that he was nominated by a group of students who interact with him in the classroom and directly observe his teaching, and mentoring makes him a most worthy candidate for this award.”

     In being selected for the award, Mr. Houston was commended for his efforts to involve his students in real world projects and extracurricular activities, which have helped to prepare students for success in the real world.

     Mr. Houston received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer.  Mr. Houston began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 2003.

     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 located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 5/3/2010 2:30:00 PM