John Zenchak2006 Ruge Fellow
John Zenchak joined North Central College in 1978 and received the College’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty in 1984. Described as “a gifted professor, who has an uncanny ability to explain the most complex things so that all the students can understand.” While he specializes in teaching biology topics ranging from freshman level principles of biology to advanced microscopic anatomy, Zenchak’s research has also focused on teacher education in the sciences, improving teacher preparation and elementary science curriculum. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators, Associated Colleges of Illinois and National Science Teachers Association. Zenchak holds a B.A. (1966) in pre-med from Youngstown State University and both an M.S. (1970) in zoology and Ph.D. (1976) in reproductive physiology from West Virginia University. Zenchak is a member of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science and the National Science Teachers Association.