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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • "Friends, I want to recommend my good friend Frank Berry. Frank is an executive coach who deeply impacted my life back when I moved from private practice law into finance. He and I reconnected this week and I was reminded of his deep insight and care. He also makes my alma mater proud!"

-J. Salladin, JD

 

  • "The best coach and mentor a person could have!"

-J. Lynch

 

  • "I enrolled in Dr. Berry's applied research methods sequence in 2015 as part of my graduate studies in Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. In all my years in education (and I received my undergraduate degree at Caltech, a world leader in science education), I have never met as gifted, compassionate, and transformative a social sciences research methods instructor as Frank.

 

 

A seasoned former public school principal who has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, Frank models outstanding diversity sensitivity and educational insight in the classroom. He creates safe, nurturing learning environments that permit depth and transformative personal exploration of even the most challenging discussion topics. He skillfully integrates contemporary adult learning theory into his instructional design to maximize students’ engagement, learning and growth, no matter what their backgrounds, learning styles, goals and needs.

 

He is absolutely brilliant at demystifying and revealing the heart of rigorous social sciences research, a complex subject that often strikes fear into the hearts of undergraduate and graduate students alike. He harnesses students’ individual strengths and interests to help them discover the joys of applying research methods in catalyzing positive change in their immediate work, family, worship, and community environments, turning them into passionate advocates of reflective practice and continuous improvement in the process. And best of all, Frank is a courageous leadership instructor and role model who truly walks the authentic servant leadership walk in his own personal and professional life. Learning from the dilemmas and difficult ethical decisions that he himself has faced as a community leader has been thought provoking, inspiring, and life changing for me as a fellow educator and as a student of leadership. I cannot recommend Frank highly enough!"

-S. Hanna

  • "I hate research methods but Dr. Berry made it bearable. I have never had a teacher so dedicated to making sure we learned/understood material. He’s honestly one of the best professors I’ve ever had. So nice, caring, and funny!"

 

  • "Dr. Berry is an excellent professor. He is passionate about what he teaches, and shows his love for his students daily. I cannot express how uplifting his presence is, even on a Zoom platform. He has gone above and beyond in accommodating his students, willing to do everything in his power to help them learn in these difficult times."

  • "Dr. Frank Berry is an exceptional teacher. It is clear he is passionate about helping students learn, and he makes it fun and interesting in the meantime - which is saying a lot, because Research Methods is a VERY dry subject. He is thoughtful and considerate of students' backgrounds and different interests. I was very impressed by his ability to acknowledge that students are less interested in this subject than others, while still maintaining professionalism and his responsibility to teach students. His feedback and interactive style of teaching was very helpful for the learning process."

  • "We were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Berry as an instructor for the Research Methodology course this year. I recall with clarity how my fellow classmates experienced the Research Methodology course in 2019 and it raised my apprehension dramatically about my ability to do well in the course. What a pleasant surprise then to have a professor who took time to connect with each student individually from the first few minutes of class. He acknowledged the anxiety most people experience when approaching research and talked about how we would be able to succeed in the class. I felt within a few minutes that his forthright nature, good humor, and commitment to our success in the course meant we were in for a treat. I hope all future MFT students get the chance to work with Dr. Berry. He gets right to the point and moves quickly through course content, but never at the expense of a student's understanding-at least in my experience. He drew out a passion for a research topic in me and that passion is something I want to continue pursuing in future study."

  • "Dr. Berry goes above and beyond in helping students explore and decide on their dissertation topic. He asks thoughtful questions and helps students work through the process of deciding. He is also able to keep the class engaged at a very late time after a long day and shows how he cares for students as individuals and not just as students."

  • "I would really love to comment on how Mr. Frank was very genuine, kind, understanding and helping through this course. Although we may not use research as much in the future. I appreciated his efforts as a professor in helping us learn and widen our scope of knowledge through other resources. I hope students will appreciate his efforts and consideration as much as I did."

  • "Frank is an amazing professor. He cares deeply for his students and is intentional about providing us with the time and space to check in and connect with one another before diving into course material. It is apparent he cares about our well being. The set up of the classes and course was very nice as well. He does a wonderful job making research more interesting for those who might not be to fond of it to begin with. He made sure we all had a solid understanding of his expectations for assignments before ending class for the night. Frank is a phenomenal professor and we MFT students wish we could have had him for more courses."

  • "Frank is engaging and willing to go the extra mile to support student in learning about research methods. He is always available and willing to answer questions. Frank was also very accommodating in the face of sudden changes."

  • "Frank is one of the absolute greatest professors I have ever had. He truly cares about us as human beings. He understands we have a lot going on and makes a genuine effort to understand us and check in on how we’re doing. I appreciate the way he navigates this course. Even thought this is a really difficult subject for a lot of people, he created a safe space for all of us to ask questions and grow every single week. I appreciate him as a human and a professor. Truly enjoyed his teaching style."

 

  • "Dr. Berry was an excellent professor for this course given his background in theology. He was able to provide specific insight with his own experiences but also pushed us as a class to grow in our own experiences as well. I really enjoyed taking this class with him, he made the class awesome."

 

  • "I really enjoyed taking this class with Dr. Berry. He provided engaging readings, opportunities for reflection and discussion, and always provided meaningful feedback. I really appreciated the opportunity to understand the material through different mediums and really engage with it through discussion. I also really enjoyed the spiritual formation exercise. It was such a hands-on project that I think was formative for me, and helpful to simply try to create a new exercise."

  • "I really enjoyed taking this class with Dr. Berry. He provided engaging readings, opportunities for reflection and discussion, and always provided meaningful feedback. I really appreciated the opportunity to understand the material through different mediums and really engage with it through discussion. I also really enjoyed the spiritual formation exercise. It was such a hands-on project that I think was formative for me, and helpful to simply try to create a new exercise."

  • "I love Dr. Berry. His passion for teaching and his students is obvious and his kind nature is so wonderful. It is easy to see that he is invested in his students' professional growth as well as their personal lives. I appreciate that he makes himself available for students to talk to him outside of class about both course related matters and personal issues. He is always willing to listen and pray for his students. Dr. Berry is one of my favorite people among the faculty members."

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