Darshan Desai, PhD, of New Providence, NJ, Receives Berkeley College Faculty of the Year Award

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Photo Caption (L to R): Elana Zolfo, EdD, Dean, Larry L. Luing School of Business; Rahul Bedi, PhD, Chair, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business; and Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, who received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Professional Development, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Professional Development during a dinner reception held at Battery Gardens on November 3, 2016, in Manhattan, NY. A resident of New Providence, NJ, Dr. Desai was among 18 Berkeley College faculty members and fellow professionals who were recognized by students and colleagues for their contributions to student-centered learning in exceptional ways.

“These annual awards recognize faculty members who serve as role models in demonstrating commitment to the success of Berkeley College students,” said Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College. “We know they are successful because of their love of teaching. The feedback from their students and colleagues reflect this.”  

“At Berkeley College, every student brings their own stories, sets of challenges, and amazing energy, aspirations and dreams,” Dr. Desai said. Her most memorable moment at Berkeley College involved a student who consistently received Cs or Ds. “I asked him how he got lower grades despite being such a smart student. I still remember how his face lit up upon hearing this, and he asked me if I really thought he was smart. My belief in him actually resulted in consistent hard work, and he eventually earned his first A in my class,” she said. 

Meta Wongkar-Gut, MD, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, also received the Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Professional Development.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate, and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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