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Faculty Recognition and Awards

The Provost's Office would like to recognize the UAS faculty for their professional accomplishments and dedication to the University of Alaska. Please take the time to read about some of the many dedicated faculty at UAS.

To nominate a faculty member for a faculty excellence award or emeritus status, please consult the documents below:

Harold T. Caven Professorship Awarded to Julie Hamilton

Julie Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Accounting with the School of Management, was recently awarded the Harold T. Caven Professorship by the University of Alaska Foundation. The professorship is for $20,000.  Julie was instrumental in establishing a local Internal Revenue Service, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (IRS VITA) in collaboration with the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority. Julie's vision is to encourage students to volunteer at VITA sites, as well as set-up and run a campus-based program during the tax season. Funding from the professorship will support coordination, practicum credit, and travel assistance to expand services to communities such as Haines, Elfin Cove, and Tenakee Springs.

UAS Faculty Excellence

Award Winners

2012-13 Academic Year

Previous Award Winners

Teaching - Carolyn Bergstrom

Dr. Carolyn Bergstrom, PhD., joined the Arts & Sciences faculty at UAS in the fall of 2009. Since then, students and colleagues alike have commended her teaching style, specifically her use of real-world examples from her research. This dedication to her students’ needs is especially noted by her ability to seamlessly weave in humor and levity. “She doesn’t just teach the material. She also backs up the information given with her strong background in her subject.”

Service - Sanjay Pyare

Dr. Sanjay Pyare, PhD., efforts in service are wide-ranging, encompassing the university, professional, and public arenas. In the past year, Dr. Pyare’s contributions have had a substantial, measurable, and positive impact on students and faculty at UAS. D r. Pyare has been an advocate and leader for UAS in the Statewide EPSCoR program. This advocacy helped garner funding for a new faculty position in forest ecology at UAS.

Faculty Advising - Vickie Williams

Ms. Vickie Williams has distinguished herself in faculty advising. Students and colleagues commend her for her dedication to student needs, her adaptability to new challenges and her openness with students. In addition, Ms. Williams is a tireless advocate for UAS, “Vickie advises literally everywhere she goes — it’s not unusual for her to take time and talk to a potential or current student at local events, the pool, or the grocery store.”

Adjunct Instruction - Patricia Belec

Ms. Belec has been teaching dance classes at UAS since 2009, and is devoted to ensuring students are provided quality dance instruction in a fun and supportive learning environment. “Pat gives attention to each and every student. . . She finds something encouraging to say to each and every person. By letting her vibrant personality shine [she] makes learning fun.” Many of her students benefit from her instruction well beyond the classroom and into the community through the self-confidence, physical activity, and love of dancing shared with others.

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