1997 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
Brian Wick, University of Alaska – Anchorage

The section’s sixth Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Brian Wick of the University of Alaska – Anchorage. In 1972, Dr. Wick was the first professor of mathematics hired by the institution. The citation includes the following.

Dr. Wick’s abilities as an instructor have drawn accolades from students who describe him as “stimulating as well as motivating.” He is credited with having been “personally responsible for many students’ decisions to pursue a career in mathematics.” In the land of the “Last Frontier” students have encountered a fellow traveler in the educational arena who believes that there is no final frontier but rather infinite frontiers to explore and discover together.

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