Dr. Leanne Berning
Leanne Berning, Ph.D.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year Award - 2013
San Luis Obispo
Dairy Science Department


​Praised for her empathy and technical knowledge, Leanne Berning is valued for her thoughtfulness and commitment to students’ success. Nominators said Berning understands the value that advising has outside the classroom and its direct impact on student learning and success. “She has made such a powerful impact on my years at Cal Poly,” one student wrote, “… always going out of her way to help me pick out classes and urging me to try new activities.” Berning is a two-time winner of the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences Advisor of the Year award and a winner of the National American Dairy Science Association Advisor of the Year Award. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 from Cal Poly, a master’s in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in 1990 from the University of Maryland. She began teaching at Cal Poly in fall 1990.