Garčević Awarded 2022 Gitner Prize for Faculty Excellence

Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has been awarded the Pardee School’s 2022 Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence. The award was presented during the School’s 2022 convocation ceremony, which took place on May 21, 2022. 

The Gitner Faculty Prize, established in 2015, is open to all full-time faculty and is awarded for excellence in teaching and mentoring students and for advancing the School’s mission. A committee composed of past winners assists the Pardee School Dean in selecting the winner from the nominations received.

Students who nominated Garčević said he is “truly dedicated to the growth of his students outside the classroom;” he “genuinely cares about his students, whether they seek him out for advice or not;” and, he “brings compassion, warmth, and creativity to the classroom.” Garčević’s students also highlighted the “compassion and care” that he brought to online “Zoom classes” in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and how he went “above and beyond” the call of duty to not only excel at the new teaching technologies but to make the experience comfortable and nurturing for his students.

The presentation of the 2022 Gitner Family Prize can be viewed below.

Past winners of the Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence include Professor of the Practice of International Relations John Woodward Jr., Professor of International Relations and History Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and of Political Science and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs William Grimes, Assistant Professor of International Relations Noora Lori, Professor of International Relations and History William KeylorAssistant Professor of International Relations Jeremy Menchik, Assistant Professor of International Relations Kaija Schilde, and Professor of the Practice of International Relations Ambassador Robert Loftis.

During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Vesko Garčević dealt with issues pertinent to European security and NATO for almost 14 years. In 2004, he was posted in Vienna to serve as Ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He had been Montenegro’s Ambassador to NATO from 2010 until 2014 and served as Montenegro’s National Coordinator for NATO from 2015 until he joined the faculty at the Pardee School. Learn more about Ambassador Garčević on his faculty profile.