Jennifer J. Wareham Best, associate professor of speech pathology at Pacific Union College, has been chosen to receive the Zapara Award for the 1995-96 school year. Qualifications for receiving the Zapara Award include spiritual credibility, concern for students, commitment to quality, student evaluations, and relationships with colleagues. Best received a $1,500 honorarium as part of the award.
"We congratulate Professor Best for this well-deserved new recognition," says Charles Bell, vice president for academic administration and academic dean. Best, who has taught at Pacific Union College for nineteen years, was recently appointed chair of the communication department beginning with the 1996-97 academic year. She is currently chair of the Faculty Women's Forum and has also served PUC as chair of the Rank and Tenure Committee, chair of the Academic Senate, and coordinator of the Adult Learning Division. Best also organized and directed a successful English language institute in Beijing.
The Thomas and Violet Zapara Awards for Excellence in Teaching have been presented for the past nine years at each of the twelve Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America.