Daphne Berry, assistant professor of management in the University’s Barney School of Business, is the winner of this year’s Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. This prestigious prize recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service. It includes an award of $10,000 for further enhancement of an existing scholarly project, a new investigation, and/or support of professional development goals. Berry will formally receive the prize during the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.
University President Walter Harrison, Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, and Barney School Dean Martin Roth surprised Berry in the middle of her management and organizational behavior class on Tuesday, April 11, and delivered the news. Harrison presented Berry with balloons as her students and several Barney School faculty and staff cheered. Watch a video of the surprise:
“Daphne meets or exceeds every criteria of this prestigious award,” Professor Deborah Kidder, chair of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, wrote in her nomination letter. “She is an inspired teacher, an accomplished scholar, a strong contributor to the life of this institution, and will benefit greatly from this prize…I find Daphne to be a wonderful colleague, a strong contributor to our department, and a role model for my other junior faculty."
The annual Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize, together with an endowed chair for junior faculty, was established through a generous gift from Belle K. Ribicoff, a long-time supporter and life regent of the University. Each year, the prize recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member – one who is in a tenure track position, but not yet tenured. Berry is the ninth winner in the history of the prize.