Centralia College Professor Pat Pringle has received The Evergreen State College 2016 Teacher Excellence Award. The award recognizes teachers who have “had significant impact on the lives of students.” Teachers are nominated by incoming students at The Evergreen State College.
For Pringle, his nomination was a surprise.
“Wow, I’m very grateful to be acknowledged by past students,” Pringle echoed.
Professor Pringle has taught geosciences at Centralia College for 11 years. In April, he received the Washington State Association of College Trustees’ 2016 Faculty Member Award for excellence in teaching. At Centralia College, Professor Pringle has been a strong advocate of hands-on learning. He integrates field trips and incorporates tree-ring and geologic research exercises and projects into his classes and independent research projects. He’s been able to share the insights and broad experiences of more than 23 years of geoscience research, science outreach, and public information with Centralia College students.
Professor Pringle is a leader in regional geosciences, providing professional guidance and insight into the exploration and interpretive understanding of some of the region’s most beloved natural areas, including Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier, and some of the lesser known features, such as Lake Kapowsin, which recently became Washington’s first freshwater aquatic reserve.
He is widely published. His work includes the definitive guidebook to the geology of Mount Rainier National Park, Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity, for which he received the Geoscience Information Society’s 2009 award for best geologic guidebook. Pringle’s book details the geologic history of the mountain and all of its associated features, including the lahar patterns, glaciers, lava domes and flows, caves, lakes, and more.
He won Centralia College’s Exceptional Faculty Award in 2009.