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Barger Named 2009 Teacher Excellence Award Winner at Peru State College



(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Stan Carpenter today announced that Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Michael Barger has been named the college’s 2009 Teacher Excellence Award Winner. He will be honored during PSC’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in the Al Wheeler Activities Center on campus.

Carpenter said, “Since joining the faculty of Peru State College in 2001, Dr. Barger has distinguished himself in his commitment and service to the institution. From his research on stream and landscape ecology and biology of the acanthocephalans to his work as director of Peru State’s Honors Program, Dr. Barger’s pursuit of excellence has never wavered.  He is a talented, dedicated, creative and inspiring teacher who has earned the respect of students and faculty.”

The Teacher Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding full-time faculty member at each of the three state colleges, Peru, Wayne and Chadron. Recipients of the campus award from each of the colleges are finalists for the Nebraska State College System’s Teacher of the Year Award.

To be considered for the Teacher Excellence Award, faculty must have a minimum of four years consecutive employment at the institution, have taught a minimum of 15 credit hours during the previous academic year, and have an active and positive record of service to students as an academic, professional or personal advisor. They must also have demonstrated involvement in faculty development programs, a superior level of teaching effectiveness and a record of public service.

Since his arrival on campus, Barger has published a number of scholarly works in peer-reviewed publications and has been a presenter at several regional, national and international meetings. He has also served as a reviewer for nine academic journals, the National Science Foundation, and in leadership roles in a variety of scientific societies.

Barger is responsible for developing eight new courses at Peru State College and for securing five research grants. Under his guidance and leadership, several of Barger’s students have won awards for their research presentations and have pursued graduate study in the scientific field.  He also led the design and implementation of the college’s new Honors Program, including two new courses. He is currently chair of the PSC Faculty Senate and past chair of the General Education Committee. 

An Arlington, Neb., native, Barger earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in parasitology from the institution in 1997. He earned his doctoral degree in ecology and parasitology in 2001 from Wake Forest University. 

Barger is a member of the American Society of Parasitologists, the Ecological Society of America, the Helminthological Society of Washington and the Southwestern Association of Parasitologists.