Robert Teranishi and Dana Burde Receive Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award

Steinhardt Associate Professor Robert Teranishi and Assistant Professor Dana Burde have been awarded NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to faculty members who exemplify King’s spirit through their teaching, public service, leadership, and community-building activities.

Dana Burde of Steinhardt’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions has been described as a professor who ‘constantly challenges her students to learn more, seek out more information, and gain a more holistic understanding of the practice of international education.’

Burde’s research and teaching focus on humanitarianism and education in countries and regions affected by conflict. Her current research in Afghanistan shows that community-based schools virtually eliminate disparity between boys and girls at the primary school level. She worked as an international education consultant in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Pakistan, as well as Central Asia, Central America and Mali, studying civil society building, refugee education, and post-conflict education programs.

Robert Teranishi of Steinhardt’s Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology has been called a professor who ‘provides a voice to populations who are not being heard by inspiring those around him to challenge accepted assumptions.’

Teranishi is director of the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and a faculty affiliate with the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. His research on higher education has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access, campus climate, and college affordability and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation.