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Dr. Teresa Bergman Named 2015-16 Faculty Research Lecturer Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Bergman, Associate Professor and Graduate Director and Advisor for the Communication Department, for being named the 2015-16 recipient of the Faculty Research Lecturer Award! This annual award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at the University. Dr. Bergman will be honored this fall at the 7th Annual Faculty Recognition Awards event.

Dr. Bergman joined Pacific in 2006 as an Associate Professor and for the past two years has served as Graduate Program Director for the Communication Department. She has taught a variety of courses at Pacific, and is currently teaching the two undergraduate courses, the Communication Capstone course, and two graduate seminars in Pacific's Film Studies Program.  

Her research focus (and the topic of her most recent book, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites), is how public history sites and museums represent patriotism through their documentary films, exhibits, architecture and locations, and how they've responded to public pressure to include or exclude groups of people in their exhibits. She is currently working on her next book, Commemorating Women: Contemporary Patriotic Memorials in the United States, which examines the rise of historic sites and memorials to honor women's patriotism.  

Dr. Bergman said what she most enjoys about Pacific is that she has a great department, with lots of support, and smart colleagues and students who keep each other on their toes learning and sharing ideas. She enjoys the many thoughts, discussions, and papers on the impact of new media on communication, and added that we're still figuring out the effects. She said that communication students - who grew up in the era of new media - enter the program "concerned, interested, and excited" about its impact.