Four University of Alaska Southeast faculty members are being recognized for outstanding work in the areas of Teaching, Faculty Advising, Service and Adjunct Instruction. 2013 Faculty Excellence awards go to Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Carolyn Bergstrom, Associate Professor of GIS and Landscape Ecology Sanjay Pyare, Assistant Professor of Accounting Vickie Williams and adjunct dance instructor Patricia Belec.
A Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Juneau will take place at the Auke Lake Campus on Monday, May 6 from 3-4:30pm in the Glacier View Room. “This is an annual opportunity to recognize those who’ve truly distinguished themselves in these areas in the past year,”said Provost Rick Caulfield. Those recognized are nominated by members of the UAS community from across all three campuses.
Teaching – Carolyn Bergstrom
Dr. Carolyn Bergstrom, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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. Dr. Pyare has been an advocate and leader for UAS in the Statewide Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, EPSCoR program. This advocacy helped garner funding for a new faculty position in forest ecology at UAS.
Faculty Advising – Vickie Williams
Ms. Vickie Williams , MBA/CPA, 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,” wrote one of her students.” By letting her vibrant personality shine [she] makes learning fun.” Many of her students benefits from her instruction well beyond the classroom and into the community through the self-confidence, physical activity and love of dancing shared with others.