Patrick W. Berry Recipient of Meredith Teaching Recognition Award
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Patrick W. Berry has been named as one of this year’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award recipients. This award is given annually to a small number of non-tenured faculty members across the university.
In her nomination of Patrick for this award, Writing Program Director and Chair Lois Agnew writes, "Patrick joined the Writing Program faculty in the fall of 2011, and his remarkable impact on the teaching culture of our program began immediately. His creativity, collaborative spirit, and commitment to students are truly extraordinary. His teaching philosophy describes mindfulness and listening as central to Patrick's goals for his students; I can attest to the fact that these qualities are evident in every aspect of Patrick's own teaching and scholarship. In my capacity as Patrick's teaching mentor, I have attended at least one session of each class he has taught, and I have found that all of his classes feature brilliant course designs, carefully organized class sessions, challenging assignments, and a learning environment in which students feel respected and supported."
Excerpts from other supporting letters:
With his real-world knowledge of the publishing industry, Professor Berry guided us through all stages of the publication process: choosing which manuscripts to include in the magazine, copy-editing texts chosen for publication, designing a layout for each piece using Adobe InDesign, and proofreading the final draft multiple times prior to publication. Without a doubt, it was Professor Berry’s expertise and encouragement that made this one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at SU. I feel confident saying that my peers would agree with me . . . . I am consistently amazed at how involved and helpful Professor Berry is in his role as the WPSO’s faculty advisor. He genuinely wants to ensure the WPSO’s success for everyone involved. His lighthearted humor, brilliant advice, and strong commitment has made my experience delightful and fulfilling. Professor Berry was also the primary faculty member involved in starting the WPSO in 2014. Without his guidance this organization for students of the Writing Program would not have become what it is today—one that builds community and fosters relationships between undergraduates, faculty, staff, and alumni. Professor Berry is truly an integral part of the WPSO’s success.
—Morgan Conover, Writing and Rhetoric Major, WPSO President
In my experience as a student in his Composition Pedagogy class, and as his advisee in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD program, I can say that Dr. Berry is truly dedicated to students. In our Composition Pedagogy class, I was impressed by the extensive and timely feedback he gave on written assignments.Our relationship with Dr. Berry does not end when the semester is over, and, in fact, many students continue to seek the advice and support of Dr. Berry as they progress into comprehensive exams and dissertations.
—Tamara Bassam Issak, CCR PhD Candidate
Although I learned so much from both classes I took with Patrick, I know him best in a mentorship role. During coursework, he would schedule hour-long meetings with each student every couple of weeks to check in and offer ideas and suggestions about developing our final projects. It is no surprise to receive an email from him late at night with a relevant article attached that he found while browsing through journals. It is also no surprise to ask for feedback on a paper and receive a very prompt response with extensive notes and ideas for how to move forward. Last year as I worked to finish my dissertation, I knew that I would receive multiple, thoughtful rounds of feedback on my work . . . . One thing that I have appreciated above all else is how seriously Patrick takes students’ work. After my first class with him, he found a call for papers and encouraged me to revise and submit a paper I had written for his class. I would have never believed that a first-year Ph.D. student could publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, and I would never have considered it without his encouragement.
—Allison Hitt, CCR Alum, Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas