BU professors win TALE Outstanding Teachers Award

For immediate release: April 27, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania faculty members will be recognized at the BU spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, for their outstanding teaching. Frank D’Angelo, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, and Janet Bodenman, professor of communications studies and theatre arts, have been selected as the 2007 Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers of 2007.

Bodenman was nominated for her ability to challenge students and help them reach their full potential. According to one nomination, Bodenman “has outstanding leadership and organizational skills which she used to facilitate classes that are conducive to learning.” Another nomination said, “She reminds her students that she raises the bar because she ‘knows we will meet her expectations.’ ” Bodenman will be recognized at the morning commencement ceremony, when students from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology will graduate.

D’Angelo was nominated for his “energetic and inspiring” teaching style, which gave students “confidence to be who we are and speak up in front of our peers.” As an early childhood and elementary education professor, D’Angelo was also credited for his use of up-to-date and relevant resources when instructing students on teaching strategies. He was recognized for his ability to keep students “actively involved in the learning process.” D’Angelo will be recognized at the afternoon commencement ceremony, when students from the College of Professional Studies and the College of Business will graduate.

D’Angelo and Bodenman were nominated for the award by graduating students. They will both receive a $750 professional development stipend, sponsored by the BU Foundation, and a plaque to recognize their achievements.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.