2006 Presidential Distinguished Professor Recipients

Dr. Craig Oberg

Dr. Craig Oberg started at Weber State University in 1983 and has served as chair of the Department of Microbiology for 15 years. He is currently the Endowed Scholar for the College of Science. Dr. Oberg maintains an active research program, frequently collaborating with junior faculty and former students in graduate school, in addition to mentoring WSU undergraduate research students. He has authored more than 80 publications, including a book co-edited with Dr. Gene Sessions on science and Mormonism. Away from campus, Dr. Oberg serves on the board of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, including a three-year term as president of that organization. He also has served two terms as president of the Intermountain Branch of the American Society of Microbiology and is the co-holder of several patents involving food production. Dr. Oberg is the only person to receive both the John S. Hinckley and H. Aldous Dixon awards from WSU.

Dr. Gene Sessions

When Dr. Gene Sessions joined the Weber State University faculty in 1975, it was a homecoming of sorts, having attended Weber State as a student in the 1960s. A lifelong resident of Ogden, Dr. Sessions has taught history at WSU for more than three decades and has served as chair of the Department of History since 2002. Widely respected for his knowledge of Utah and Mormon history, he is the author of seven books and numerous articles that have been published in such journals as "Journal of American Folklore," "Interamerican Review" and "Utah Historical Quarterly." His colleagues have elected him to be chair of the WSU Faculty Senate three times. In the classroom, Dr. Sessions’ enthusiasm for history brings the past to life for students and his commitment to teaching and mentoring has led to numerous honors, including the Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award in 1987 and the John S. Hinckley Award in 1991.

Dr. Sam Zeveloff

A native New Yorker, Dr. Sam Zeveloff came to Weber State University’s Department of Zoology in 1984, where he serves as a professor and chair of the department. In addition to teaching courses on mammalogy, conservation biology, and evolution, Dr. Zeveloff conducts research in the areas of mammalian ecology and conservation. His work has been published in such leading journals as "Evolution," "The American Naturalist," and "Nature." He is also the author of two natural history books: "Mammals of the Intermountain West" (University of Utah Press 1988) and "Raccoons, a Natural History" (Smithsonian Institution Press 2002). Dr. Zeveloff has explored interdisciplinary approaches to wilderness management, and served as an editor for two books on the subject. He has been the recipient of the John S. Hinckley Award, the Spencer Seager Teaching Award, and was a co-recipient of the Exemplary Collaboration Award for initiating the university’s annual Holocaust commemoration.