Simon G. Bott
Photo by Thomas Shea
NON-TENURE TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD
BOTT MIXES UP THE RIGHT STUFF
It’s standing room only in the chemistry classes of Simon
Bott. Even students who aren’t majoring in chemistry will
fight for a space in his lecture hall. It is this kind of enthusiasm
coupled with the academic success of these students that has garnered
Bott the university’s 2005 Non-Tenured Teaching Excellence
A professor of chemistry at UH since 1997, Bott’s classes
became known for his animated and entertaining approach to a subject
not always associated with those qualities.
“Dr. Bott is probably the best instructor I have had in my
entire educational career,” said one former student. “It
is impossible to leave his class without an understanding of the
subjects he covered.”
One student evaluation says it all: Simon Bott for President!
Given for the first time this year, award carries with it a $4,000
prize and a trophy. Faculty nominees for the non-tenure track award
must have been on the faculty at least half-time for three years
prior to nomination.
writer Marisa Ramirez