1993 award recipients

Teaching

Dr. John Zarling

Dr. Zarling's teaching and research in the area of engineering have inspired University of Alaska Fairbanks students for seventeen years. His dedication to his students is manifested in the range of courses he teaches, and his commitment to helping build a high quality of student life is demonstrated through his development of the student chapter of the mechanical engineering professional society, among other groups. In recognizing the importance of a healthy School of Engineering, Dr. Zarling is simultaneously the Associate Dean of the school and the Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, and still carries a full teaching load and continues a robust research program.


Research

Dr. Judith Smilg Kleinfeld

Dr. Kleinfeld's research has resulted in a better understanding of many child-related topics. Her study of alcohol-affected children, her work on the case method in teacher education, and her development of programs designed to help teachers learn how to teach in multi-cultural settings are admired and studied internationally. Dr. Kleinfeld has created and directed many programs, including the Teachers for Rural Alaska Program and the Northern Studies Program, and she has researched a wide range of topics including educational and northern policy issues and has made her knowledge accessible to the public through numerous brochures and newspaper articles.


Service

Dr. Gerald McBeath

Dr. McBeath has served the University by developing the first seminar for teachers in Alaska to study civics education, government and politics, and has, through his involvement in faculty development, helped to guide the University to a new baccalaureate core curriculum and lead the establishment of Pi Sigma Alpha on the campus. Dr. McBeath has contributed untold hours to the operation of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as an elected member of the Board of Education. He has employed his knowledge of government and politics to aid the district in raising educational standards, keep class sizes low and support healthy life skills education programs and has worked to develop ways to increase parental involvement in the schools.

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