Christian University Honors Seminary and Counseling Program Professors with Top Graduate Awards

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Roger Nam and Anna Berardi are selected for George Fox University’s graduate researcher and teacher honors, respectively

A seminary professor and a professional counselor who serves as director of the school’s Trauma Response Institute were selected as George Fox University’s top graduate researcher and teacher, respectively, for the 2010-11 academic year.

Roger Nam, an assistant professor of Old Testament studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, was named the top graduate researcher, while Anna Berardi, a professor of marriage and family therapy, earned the award for top graduate teacher.

The university also named psychology professor Kris Kays as the year’s top undergraduate teacher and sociology professor Lisa McMinn as the top undergraduate researcher.

Nam joined the seminary in Oregon three years ago and teaches Old Testament, advanced Hebrew, biblical theology, ancient Near East and spiritual formation courses. In addition, he has done 14 academic presentations before his peers and published four peer-reviewed articles in the past four years.

Berardi has more than 20 years of clinical experience in private practice, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is an approved American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor.

This past year, Nam completed the manuscript for his first book, “Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings,” and delivered a paper at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Atlanta. He also serves on two national steering committees of the SBL, “Social Scientific Approaches to the Hebrew Scriptures” and “Economics in the Biblical World.”

He recently received a summer grant from the Wabash Center to research “Innerbiblical Exegesis in Genesis 1 and Post-exilic Prophecy.” And this summer, he’ll present lectures to the Old Testament Colloquium at both Philips-Universität Marburg and Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Germany. Shortly thereafter, he’ll deliver a paper at the Aram Conference on Trade and Seafaring in the Ancient Near East at Oxford University.

“I am deeply humbled and honored by this affirmation from my peers, whom I respect so much,” Nam said of the award. “Also, I am grateful to be part of a university that deeply values excellence in scholarship.”

Nam earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at UCLA in 1992, and, after living in South Korea and later working as a financial analyst in the U.S., earned a Master of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2003 and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 2008.

As a therapist and educator, Berardi specializes in the application of attachment theory and social-cultural dynamics and its influence on our neurobiology as it relates to working with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. She brings this perspective into all courses she teaches, including the post-graduate certificate in trauma response services, a training program within the Trauma Response Institute, which she launched to sponsor training, research and service activities in support of individuals and communities facing traumatic events.

In addition to teaching the traumatology specialty courses, Berardi teaches counseling degree program courses in family and couples therapy, human growth and development, psychopathology, personality and counseling theory, and clinical supervision and training.

Berardi earned a PhD in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She also holds a master’s degree in theology, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in social work.

“When Dean Linda Samek made the (award) announcement at our graduate hooding ceremony, I was overwhelmed by my students’ appreciation,” Berardi said. “They work so hard to not only learn their profession, but to allow it to transform their own lives as well. I stand in awe of them – their commitment to growth and change, and to helping others engage in the same. They tolerate much challenge and pushing from all of their professors. It was heartwarming watching them express their gratitude through this award."

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Patrick Allen
Provost, George Fox University


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