Arts & Sciences Faculty
Alan Barenberg, Associate Professor in the Department of History, received the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award May 5, 2016, during the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Awards gala, held at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.
The Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated teaching excellence. The focus is less on their method of teaching but rather on a sustained record of excellence that has been recognized by colleagues and students alike.
Barenberg teaches a wide range of courses in Russian and Soviet history, consistently earns very high evaluations, and students routinely praise his rigor, clarity, and innovation.
Barenberg's colleagues characterize his courses as engaged, lively and interesting, and describe his approach to teaching as thoughtful, well-organized, and provocative. One student, for example, recently spoke of Barenberg's course in the following manner: "Critical thinking was absolutely necessary for a student to be successful in Dr. Barenberg's class. There was no 'memorization and regurgitation' on his exams. The 'Why is this significant?' was the most important component to his exams and discussions."