Edinboro University honors Dr. Roger Solberg as Faculty Member of the Year

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May 15, 2017

Edinboro University honors Solberg as Faculty Member of the Year

EDINBORO, Pa. – Dr. Roger Solberg, Associate Professor in the English and Philosophy Department, was recently recognized as Edinboro University’s 2017 Faculty Member of the Year. The annual award, which honors a tenured professor who demonstrates outstanding excellence in teaching, was presented during Edinboro’s Academic Honors Convocation.

“There are so many outstanding faculty members who are just as qualified as I am,” said Solberg, who was nominated for Faculty Member of the Year in 2015, Advisor of the Year in 2013 and Educator of the Year in 2000. “But it’s nice to be recognized, as it’s been an honor to serve Edinboro for almost 30 years.”

Solberg has been a member of the Edinboro University faculty since 1989 and has long been the faculty advisor of Sigma Tau Delta – EU’s chapter of the International English Honor Society.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, Solberg will also serve as the director of the Edinboro University Honors Program.

Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden, chairperson of the English and Philosophy Department, noted Solberg’s devotion to revising and improving his course offerings. Following his nomination for Faculty Member of the Year, Solberg submitted a letter of support from Carden and an outline of his teaching philosophy.

A practitioner of nonfiction writing, especially personal essays, Solberg aligns his teaching philosophy with his experience as a writer – that you must always revise your work.

“The bottom line for my writing classes is that writers revise,” said Solberg, who allows his students to review their work multiple times, even after the writing is graded. “I encourage my students to revise their work as much as they can.”

Solberg derives this habit of revision from his personal experience with writing. His essays have been featured in the New York Times, Family Money, Lake Erie Lifestyle, The Staten Island Advance, The Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, and other publications.  He has presented several scholarly papers at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English and at other national conferences.

“Some of my first drafts were terrible,” he said. “The initial draft almost never looks the same as the published version.”

Solberg has helped to expand Edinboro’s English curriculum, creating six new courses: Essay Workshop, Advanced Creative Nonfiction, Literature of the Vikings, Truman Capote and the Nonfiction Novel, Literature of Baseball and Literature and the Atomic Bomb. He has also taught a wide variety of other courses, including Advanced Composition, Literature and Film, Graphic Novel Workshop and Composition Theory.

A three-time winner on the popular game show “Jeopardy,” Dr. Solberg has been the coach of EU’s intercollegiate academic quiz teams since 2008. This spring, he organized and served as the moderator for the University’s first students vs. faculty and students vs. administration College Bowl quiz tournament.

In 1975, Solberg earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Upsala College in New Jersey, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his Master of Science in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and his Master of Arts in English – Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. in English – Rhetoric & Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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With photo: Dr. Roger Solberg of the English and Theatre Department was named Edinboro University’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2017. President H. Fred Walker makes the presentation.