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Professors Jeremy Teigen and Professor James Hoch Honored with Henry Bischoff Award for Excellence in Teaching at Ramapo College of New Jersey

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 24, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – On October 9, a reception was held in honor of Professors Jeremy Teigen and James Hoch, the 2013 recipients of the Henry Bischoff Award for Excellence in Teaching at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The reception was held in the Alumni Lounges with several colleagues and students in attendance. 2012 winners Professor Ed Petkus (ASB) and Professor Maya Poran (SSHS) presented the awards and lauded Professors Hoch and Teigen for their passion for teaching. Professor Hoch teaches Creative Writing and Professor Teigen teaches Political Science, both in the Salameno School of American and International Studies.

Teigen and Hoch accepted the honor by presenting a four-act play wherein they recounted various experiences from their years of teaching. Hoch stressed that the key to being a successful and effective teacher is loving what you do and always remaining in the present.

“When great teachers walk into the classroom, they do not want to be anywhere else,” Hoch said.

Teigen, a past recipient of the Fulbright scholar grant, assured the gathering that he and Hoch will continue to improve their teaching skills, and said, “We sort of see ourselves as flawed teachers who just try to scrape at getting better.”

The Bischoff Excellence in Teaching Award is given annually to Ramapo College professors who have displayed an exemplary passion and skill in teaching their subject matter. Further, it awards professors who leave a lasting impact on their students’ lives by stressing a focus on learning inside and outside of the classroom. Winners are selected by a committee of professors and college faculty through the Office of the Provost.

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(Cutline: Professor James Hoch, left, and Professor Jeremy Teigen, right. Photo by Carolyn Herring.)


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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