Paul Berry, Assistant Professor of Music History at the School of Music, was honored recently as one of the winners of the 2013–14 Yale Provost's Teaching Awards.
The awards celebrate teaching excellence at Yale. The cornerstone of the Provost’s Teaching Initiative is the development and recognition of outstanding teaching by untenured faculty university-wide. With the generous support of an anonymous donor, the Provost’s Teaching Prize acknowledges the teaching excellence of 10 members of the untenured faculty each year. Deans and department chairs can nominate untenured faculty members who demonstrate a particularly high level of teaching excellence. These nominations, together with information from student evaluations, were used to determine the 2013–2014 Provost’s Teaching Prize recipients.
The citation for Berry's award noted: As Assistant Professor of Music History, Paul displays an exuberant passion for the subject of music. He has a gift for integrating the diverse cultures and backgrounds of School of Music students and engaging them as learning partners in making sense of music and its role in society—past, present, and future. Because Berry is both a scholar and a practicing musician, his class presentations reflect new ideas about historical works and a clear understanding of music in our own time.