Professional Activities and Awards
Dr. Randy Bertolas is a geography professor and the Chair of the History, Politics and Geography Department at Wayne State College.
Before teaching at WSC, he taught high school algebra and earth science and coached wrestling and baseball in New York.
Dr. Bertolas is a part of several groups and has many professional awards. He is the advisor of the Explorers Club, Gamma Theta Upsilon (a geography honor society) (International President of GTU from 2011 to 2012), Phi Kappa Phi (an all-discipline honor society) and Pi Gamma Mu (a social sciences honor society). He is a member of the Association of Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education and the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies. He also serves as the coordinator of the Geographic Educators of Nebraska.
His awards include the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University at Buffalo, New York (1993), AAG Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award (1997), Professor of the Year by the WSC Student Senate (2005), the NCGE Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award (2006), the Pi Gamma Mu National Award of Excellence (2008), Professor of the Year by the WSC Student Senate (2009), Gildersleeve-Stoddard-Stone GeoEducator Award (2011) and the Paul Beck Award for Outstanding Social Sciences Educator (2012).