Carl Bon Tempo Receives Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

Associate Professor of History Carl Bon Tempo was chosen based on his sustained excellence in classroom teaching as revealed by grade-distributions, course assignments, syllabi, student comments, innovative approaches (e.g., formative assessments), and the nominee’s teaching philosophy. Sustained excellence in the supervision of students for independent study, theses, and dissertations were also important.

Carl Bon TempoSince arriving at UAlbany in 2008, Professor Bon Tempo has taught 5 different undergraduate courses, including a large enrollment GenEd course (History 101), and more than 5 different graduate courses. He is an active scholar, has a strong record of service to the department, has served on 15 qualifying exam committees, chaired three dissertation committees, and directed three honors theses.

His teaching philosophy is impressive, including his goal for students “to think big, to think bravely, and to think in a complex fashion.” Non-inflated grade-distributions, detailed syllabi, challenging assignments, and student comments all showed that his courses are academically rigorous and engaging. His nomination received numerous substantive letters of supportfrom colleagues and students that detailed his excellent instructional ability. For example, a student wrote, “This is the only class (where) I could take 80 pages of notes throughout the semester and not be in the least bit angry about the crippling hand cramps.” Among his innovative teaching methods included an exercise titled “Solutions to the Problem Sentence Writing Worksheet” that challenged his undergraduate students to write (and think) with greater accuracy and clarity.

Professor Bon Tempo was chosen from a pool of five exceptional nominations from throughout the College. Those nominations were reviewed by a committee consisting of 6 CAS faculty from the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences/Mathematics. All committee members were previous recipients of teaching awards from the College and/or University.