Roberts Wesleyan College announced that Elvera Berry, professor of communication and director of the honors program, is the first recipient of Duquesne University’s Spiritan Award for Teaching.
The honor, granted by the Pittsburgh university’s Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, recognizes ongoing professional involvement in higher education regionally and nationally, as well as her influence on undergraduate students.
A long-time resident of Rochester, Berry has held several offices within professional organizations such as the Eastern Communication Association, the National Communication Association and the Kenneth Burke Society. She has led many seminars on college teaching and has been a guest professor on numerous college campuses.
Berry has served on review teams for the Middle States Accreditation Association and was a member of the Harley School Board of Trustees for 12 years.
In addition, Berry is a conference presenter and has recently written a chapter of a book, “Humanistic Critique: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action,” published in 2010. She has received many awards including the Barbara S. Muller Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, the Faculty Professional Activity Award, the Summer Professional Grants Award, and Outstanding Faculty Member Award from Change Magazine of Higher Education.
Berry has earned two master’s degrees: one from the University of Rochester in linguistics and German and one from SUNY Brockport in speech communication. She received her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis on rhetorical theory from the University of Buffalo.
Berry resides in North Chili with her husband, who is also a professor at Roberts Wesleyan College.