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BYU Engineering assistant professor receives international Excellence in Teaching award from Associated Schools of Construction

BYU Engineering continues a long tradition of excellence in teaching at an international level with a reputable award from the Associated Schools of Construction.

This year Dr. Evan Bingham, Construction and Facilities Management assistant professor, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, an international award given by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

Nominations for the award come from faculty who submit nomination packets at the regional level. Regional winners move on to the international level. The international ASC board reviews regional winners to pick the sole winner for the international award. The ASC is made up of 8 regions; 7 regions from the United States and Canada and one European region.

ASC is the professional association of construction educators and industry practitioners working together for the development and advancement of construction education. It promotes the sharing of ideas, and inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.

Since the award was presented virtually due to COVID-19, Dr. Bingham took his award acceptance photo with his daughter.

Bingham is preceded by other BYU Construction Management colleagues in receiving prestigious ASC awards. Clifton Farnsworth received the international Excellence in Teaching award in 2016. At the regional level, the Regional Excellence in Teaching award has been given to Clifton Farnsworth (2013), Justin Weidman (2017) and James Smith (2018). Each has been mentored by great individuals at BYU including the late Kevin Miller who received the Outstanding Educator Award from ASC in 2013, the highest teaching honor given from the ASC.

Bingham previously received the Regional Excellence in Teaching award in 2016. To win the regional award twice is a testament to his exceptional teaching abilities. Further winning the international award this year is an accomplishment not only to Bingham, but to the college as a whole.

“It is no surprise that this teaching award has a consistent history of being given to a teacher from BYU,” said Bingham. “There is a great camaraderie and mentorship that happens among the construction management faculty here that leads to success in and out of the classroom. I am so grateful for the opportunities to grow as a teacher that have been given to me through my colleagues and through the many helpful initiatives at BYU.”

The award was scheduled to be presented at the historic Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool, United Kingdom, but the ceremony was adapted to a virtual format due to COVID-19.

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Thanks to Zoom, Dr. Bingham was still able to get his award photo in front of the historic Liverpool Cathedral, where it was originally scheduled to be presented.

While the ASC also sponsors regional conferences and competitions focused on student achievement, including the competition in which two BYU Construction Management teams placed first earlier this year, the International Conference seeks to acknowledge the faculty cultivating those excellent students.

“Teaching is what I love most about my job,” said Bingham. “There is nothing better than the feeling of passing on a legacy of learning. Our incredible students make teaching a blast!”

For students who want to get involved in ASC, the Construction Management Student Association (CMSA) provides information and applications. Students can also contact the School of Technology main office in the Snell Building (SNLB) on campus for more information.

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