Religous studies professor receives Mullan Teaching Award at College of Notre Dame

Brian D. Berry, Ph.D., chair and professor of religious studies at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, received the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award at Honors Convocation September 26. The award is the highest honor the College bestows on a faculty member.

Dr. Berry has taught at College of Notre Dame since 1996. He has developed curriculum for more than 20 courses over the past 13 years, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches classes as varied as “Introduction to Biblical Studies” to “Christian Bioethics” to an honors class in “Politics and Ethics of War and Peace.” Earlier this year, Dr. Berry was promoted to full professor of religious studies.

Dr. Berry is very involved in the campus community. As a member of the Catholic Intellectual Life Committee, Dr. Berry assists with the planning for the yearly Baldwin Community Day, a celebration of Catholic social teaching. Dr. Berry has served on numerous campus committees, including the Middle States Committee and the Peace and Justice Committee. He has spoken at campus gatherings on the topics of “The Ethics of Fabricating Life,” “Pope John Paul II as Moral Teacher” and “The Ethics of Stem Cell Research.”

Dr. Berry is also a part-time professor of moral systematic theology and the Dunning Permanent Distinguished Lecturer at The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He received the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1999 and 2005 and was named permanent Dunning lecturer in 2008.

Dr. Berry is widely published on topics of contemporary ethical issues. He is currently writing two articles, “Jesus and Virtue Ethics in the Writings of Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier,” and “Social Sin, Grace and Catholic Social Teaching in the Theology of Gregory Baum.”

He had made numerous presentations at academic conferences, such as those held by Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion, and at various church-related institutions in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, including the Social Ministry Convocation in 2008.

He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College; two master’s degrees in theology from Regis College at the University of Toronto; a master’s in philosophy from Gonzaga University; and a general bachelor of arts from University of St. Michael’s College at University of Toronto.

Dr. Berry is member of Society of Christian Ethics, Catholic Theological Society of America, College Theology Society and American Academy of Religion.

The Mullan Award is given yearly to a faculty member who stimulates students intellectually; who relates course material to the world beyond the classroom; who designs effective evaluation criteria to judge student performance and understanding of course content; and who contributes to the campus community and/or the community at large.

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