Telos editor Russell A. Berman has received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. This award, named after the president of the Board of Trustees who served from 1953 to 1958, recognizes distinctive contributions to undergraduate education or to the quality of student life.
Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, a professor of comparative literature and German Studies, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was honored “for more than three decades of excellence as a teacher and scholar at Stanford and as a national voice, working to re-envision humanities education in this time of transition.”
The award cited Berman “for his leadership in freshman education, in recent years guiding Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities program through a series of major reforms and laying the groundwork for the redesign of the first year of undergraduate education in the Thinking Matters program.”
Berman also was honored “for creating a strong teaching culture that has shaped a new cohort of dedicated undergraduate teachers at Stanford” and “for his steadfast focus on the development and promotion of students—from first-term freshmen to graduate students—so that learning from him is ‘nothing short of unforgettable.'”