Professor of the Year –– Joseph Solberg Solberg has served as a visiting professor at Illinois Wesleyan for four years, and
he was an adjunct professor at IWU for many years before that.
“My favorite thing about being a professor at IWU is having the opportunity to work
each day alongside exceptional colleagues and students,” Solberg said. “Everyone here
is deeply devoted to teaching and learning in the wonderful environment provided at
Illinois Wesleyan. It is an amazing school. Every student I have been privileged to
work with has brought their own special magic to the classroom. It's an honor to be
one of their teachers.”
Solberg earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University
of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. His research interests
include business law, the legal environment of business, labor law, ethics, teaching
pedagogy, and employment law.
Solberg is a member of the Midwest Business Law and American Business Law Associations.
He has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Midwest Law Review,
and Labor Law Quarterly.
“I enjoy watching students grow from the crazy first week on campus through their
walk across the stage at graduation,” said Solberg.
Mesouani is also on the board of the local and global nonprofit For a Better Tomorrow,
and in 2019, Mesouani was recognized as a “20 Under 40” honoree, in recognition of
making a difference in the community.
Born and raised in Morocco, Mesouani earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies and
media communications from Muhlenberg College and a master's degree in communications
with an intercultural focus from Illinois State University.
Advisor of the Year –– Meghan Burke Burke, who joined Illinois Wesleyan’s faculty in 2009, has previously been named Professor
of the Year in 2013 and Advisor of the Year in 2016. Burke is also the 2020 faculty
recipient of the IWU Inclusive Excellence Leadership Award.
Burke co-developed and directed Illinois Wesleyan’s Engaging Diversity pre-orientation
program, a three-day intensive program for incoming white students to deeply consider
white privilege and antiracism, to prepare them to work as partners for social and
racial justice. She also serves as a Posse mentor and facilitates community discussions
regarding issues of systemic inequality.
As a scholar, Burke’s areas of specialty are social theory and race, and she has published
three books and numerous articles. Burke earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Grand
Valley State University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University
Illinois Wesleyan’s Student Senate conducts the annual “of the Year Award” election
as a way for students to show appreciation to faculty and staff members.