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2015 Faculty Awards winners

Pictured above, from left to right: Acting Executive Associate Dean Richard Fredekind; Dean Rena Fraden; Professor Teresa Bergman; Professor Nejat Düzgüneş; Director of Family Ministries Alan Cook '77, Central United Methodist Church of Stockton; Provost Maria Pallavicini

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Two faculty members recognized at Seventh Annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner

Dr. Nejat Düzgüneş, United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award winner, and Dr. Teresa Bergman, Faculty Research Lecturer, honored at seventh annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner
Nov 16, 2015

At the seventh annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner, held Nov. 11 in the Regents Room, Pacific honored two faculty members for their exemplary teaching and scholarship: Nejat Düzgüneş, professor of biomedical sciences in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, received the United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, and Teresa Bergman, associate professor of communication in the College of the Pacific, was named the Faculty Research Lecturer.


Acting executive associate dean Richard Fredekind and Professor Nejat Düzgüneş with Provost Maria Pallavicini

Nejat Düzgüneş, 2015 United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award recipient 
Nejat Düzgüneş is professor of biomedical sciences in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He joined Pacific in 1990. The University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. Selection is based on exceptional teaching, concern for students and colleagues, scholarly contribution and high professional and personal standards.   


College of the Pacific Dean Rena Fraden and Professor Teresa Bergman with Provost Maria Pallavicini 

Teresa Bergman, 2015 Faculty Research Lecturer 
Teresa Bergman, associate professor and graduate director and advisor for the Department of Communication in the College of the Pacific, joined Pacific in 2006. Her primary research focus is on analyzing changing representations of nationalism, patriotism, citizenship and gender in the exhibits and documentary films in public history sites. She serves as associate editor for the Western Journal of Communication and the Women's Studies in Communication journals. Bergman's work brings honor and recognition to Pacific. The Faculty Research Lecturer award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at the University. Nominated and selected by their peers, recipients of this prestigious award also receive a monetary award.