UNCW Professor of International Studies Wins UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Herbert Berg, a professor in the Department of International Studies and Philosophy and Religion, has been awarded the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. The prestigious award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member at each of the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina System.

Recipients were nominated by special committees at each institution and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this prestigious award. Established by the Board in 1993 to highlight the importance of teaching, the award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of faculty members System wide.

“We take great pride in honoring these recipients. They all bring a high standard of excellence in the classroom through creative teaching methods that impact our students,” said UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith.

Each of the winners will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. Awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during each institution’s spring graduation ceremony.

"Dr. Berg is an exceptional teacher, outstanding mentor and a terrific scholar," said Provost Marilyn Sheerer. "In addition to growing the graduate Liberal Studies degree program, he envisioned the International Studies degree program that has been exceptionally successful. And, always, he is kind and generous with his time in helping students, fellow faculty and staff."

Berg’s teaching and research skills are well-known among his colleagues. During his career at UNCW, he has earned numerous honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award; the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding State Government Service; and the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award. UNCW recently published a We Are UNCW profile on the accomplished educator.

“I am truly honored to have received this award, particularly because I am surrounded at UNCW by so many wonderful teachers, some who have mentored me and some who have been my role models,” Berg said. “I am particularly grateful to the students in Philosophy and Religion, Graduate Liberal Studies and International Studies who inspired me for the last 22 years to be the best I can be.”

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-- Jennifer Glatt