Professor Esa named recipient of Human Relations Award

April 13, 2010

Mohamed Esa, German professor and McDaniel Distinguished Teacher in 2007, was honored recently by the Carroll County Human Relations Commission with its top award recognizing area advocates for human rights and understanding.

The Israeli-born German scholar and professor is an energetic organizer and speaker on
multiculturalism and he promotes understanding, tolerance and acceptance to persons of all ages. His talks on the Arab world and about Islam have taken him off campus into schools, churches, libraries and retirement centers.

“I see Mohamed’s professional life and his work in the community as a reflection of the very core of his being: a person who is a learner, a teacher, at home in the world, and who builds bridges between different people and different peoples,” said Tom Deveny, professor of Spanish who hired Esa at the college and was guest speaker at the dinner presentation.

Esa earned his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg and is fluent in four languages, including Arabic and Hebrew. In October 2009, he was named the 2009 Outstanding German Educator by the American Association of Teachers of German and received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his extraordinary service in promoting the German language. The Federal Cross of Merit is the highest honor a person can receive from the German government.

Deveny reported that Esa, upon learning about the Carroll County honor said, “Not only mine, absolutely not, not for myself, but for all the people in the community who are involved in this.”

This year’s service award was presented to Charles Ecker, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools who will receive McDaniel College’s Trustee Alumni Award on May 2.