2021 Educator of the Year
Toni Lynn Bisconti, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Akron
Dr. Bisconti challenges previously held beliefs about the best way to educate students and discusses more effective and less ageist methods to implement within the classroom.
Dr. Bisconti is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron. Bisconti teaches at the undergraduate introductory level to the advanced graduate level. Her engaging and supportive teaching style is well-known in the Psychology department and across campus as one of the top educators to make gerontological content relevant for students. Dr. Bisconti has passion and concern for her students. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she had provided additional social support for doctoral students as well as facilitating faculty discussion on how to best meet the needs of students. Dr. Bisconti’s contribution to gerontological education extends beyond the classroom. She has served as the primary advisor for 7 doctoral students; primary advisor for 13 undergraduate Honor’s Thesis projects; committee member on 26 thesis or dissertation projects and has served as the primary faculty advisor on 100 undergraduate Independent Reading and Research and Field Experiences.