Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Irasema Ortega,
the recipient of the 2012 Selkregg Community Engagement and Service
Professor Ortega’s work strengthened an existing
partnership between the Kashunamiut School
District and the College of Education. Ortega
collaborated on curriculum for Alaska Native
teachers to teach science from Native and
Western perspectives, including knowledge of
the elders and promoting a more harmonious,
sustainable view of the natural world.
The Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award supports faculty to develop community-based, applied research and course-based service-learning projects. The annual $5000 Award encourages, rewards, and inspires faculty to creatively engage their students in learning and research projects that benefit both the students and the community at large. The outcomes of these projects include significant discipline-based scholarship, community partnerships, and student leadership opportunities.