SSA teaching award to Sharon BerlinSharon Berlin, Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, has been named the recipient of SSA's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The award recognizes exemplary teaching as well as leadership in the development of programs, the creation of innovative approaches to teaching and the special ability to encourage, influence and work with graduate students.
In nominating Berlin for the award, students expressed appreciation of Berlin's clear presentations, down-to-earth style and accessibility. She teaches courses on beginning social-work practice and on cognitive approaches to direct social-work practice.
"I enjoy the intellectual challenge of integrating theoretical materials and practical experiences," Berlin said. "I especially enjoy interaction with students.
"Many of our students have been working in the social-services field for several years, and when we come together in class, we have a great experience of sharing."
Berlin, whose fields of interest include social-work clinical practice, women and depression, and psychotherapy research, has most recently focused her research on developing and testing cognitive approaches for intervention with women who are depressed.