2016 Faculty Excellence Awards
Four faculty members were the recipients of annual Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Auke Lake campus on May 2. Juneau faculty Karen Mitchell (English), Jason Amundson (Environmental Science), Johanna Fagen (Biology) and Ketchikan faculty William Urquhart (Sociology) were selected by their peers and students for excellence in teaching, research, adjunct instruction and faculty advising. Winners were chosen through letters of support from UAS faculty, staff, research colleagues, students or community members, and based on accomplishments, published materials highlighting achievements and evidence of exceptional service to UAS or community. Johanna Fagen was nominated for her teaching ability, of which a student said, “During class discussions I have always had the sense that Johanna is more interested in helping us all form our own informed opinions rather than steering us down one path.” In recognition of her retirement, her colleagues said that her stories, enthusiasm, kindness and boisterous laugh will be greatly missed. Professor Mitchell has been an adjunct instructor in English at the Juneau campus for more than 20 years. Mitchell is an active participant in Safe Zone training and is an ally for the LGBT community. Dr. Jason Amundson is known for his research record since arriving at UAS in the fall of 2011. In the last academic year he has secured more than $825,000 in external funding for his research. Dr. Urquhart’s many service opportunities include hiring committees, representing the Social Sciences department on the Curriculum Committee, mentoring new faculty, Title III principal Investigator, and spearheading the implementation of a new BA in Social Science degree available for distance delivery.