UA Statewide Briefs

Two chair positions appointed at UAF

FAIRBANKS – UAF appointed veteran educators to fill two of its endowed faculty chair positions for the first time.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Joel Shurkin will serve as the Charles W. Snedden Chair in Journalism for this academic year. Longtime UAF faculty member Mary Mangusso will serve as the Arthur T. Fathauer Chair in History for three years. Shurkin is a journalist, science writer and historian. He and his colleagues at the Philadelphia Inquirer received the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for their coverage of Three Mile Island. He is the author of multiple books and is a science writer emeritus at Stanford University.

Mangusso has been teaching at UAF since 1974. Since 1998, she has served as an affiliated associate professor of history. She is co-editor of “An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past,” has served two terms on the Alaska Historical Commission and is a member of the board of editors for “Alaska History,” the Alaska Historical Society’s journal.

Kenai distance education increasing on Web

KENAI – It’s anticipated that more and more Kenai Peninsula College classes will be delivered to students throughout the Peninsula and Alaska via the Internet.

A distance education symposium was held for instructors of the Kenai Peninsula Community College to further faculty knowledge and skill with online delivery systems in May. It featured two popular web-based delivery methods, Blackboard and Elluminate Live.

KPC will be offering 23 classes using distance delivery formats next semester. It reports that it is striving to create distance courses not offered by other University of Alaska campuses.

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Spring semester online courses will include Creative Digital Camera, Survey of Chemistry including lab, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Web Design, Reporting and Writing News, Film as Literature and Literature of Vietnam. General education requirement offerings include Methods of Written Communication, Technical Writing and Trigonometry.