May 5, 2011

New Director of the Honors Program

Julia Karolle-Berg, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as the next director of the Honors Program for a three-year term, beginning July 15.

Karolle-Berg was recommended by Jeanne Colleran, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with Karen Schuele, dean of the Boler School of Business, and with the endorsement of the members of the Honors Advisory Committee.

Karolle-Berg has been a member of the faculty since 2002. In addition to teaching German language and literature, she has been active in developing courses in literature in translation and foreign language pedagogy. She has a strong record of service to the University, including her work on the Faculty Council, her involvement with a new faculty learning community on intercultural competence, and her work on assessment practices. She was the 2010 winner of the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

She succeeds Robert Kolesar, Ph.D., Department of History, as director. Under Kolesar’s guidance, the Honors Program has grown in size, and he has worked directly with the Enrollment Division to attract talented applicants. He has spearheaded several service trips to Mexico and has continued to bring Honors students to important cultural events around Cleveland. We are very grateful for his leadership over the past six years.