Karan Hancock Gier

Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Alaska Anchorage
Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Karan Hancock Gier, Ph.D., Retired Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and counseling.

Desiring to delve into teaching from a very young age, Dr. Gier attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1971. Thereafter, she received a Master of Arts in education from Webster University in 1974 and Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Western Colorado University in 1981. Seeking to further her education, she also obtained a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from the University of Alaska the same year. Later on, she received a Doctor of Philosophy in education from Pacific Western University in 1989. She is a national certified counselor. Commencing her career as a fifth through eighth grade instructor in Kansas City, MO, in 1969, she later served as an educational consultant for Pan Educational Institute, instructor and counselor for Bethel Regional High School, and educational program coordinator at Western Regional Resource Center.

Remaining in Alaska for the latter half of her career, Dr. Gier thereafter acted as a counselor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and a college preparatory instructor for the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation. From 1985 to 1986, she was a counselor for the U.S. Air Force in Anchorage, as well as a professor at Chapman University from 1988 to 1993. She concluded her career in 2005 after concurrently serving as a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and director of Omni Counseling Services. During her tenure, she facilitated over 100 workshops.

A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals and author of several books, Dr. Gier has garnered several accolades. In 1992 and 1993, she received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and from 1984 to 1988, she was presented with the Meritorious Service Award from Anchorage Community College. In addition, she also received a Notable Achievement Award from the U.S. Air Force in 1986. The former president-elect of the Alaska Counseling Association, she was also the recipient of the Robert Griffin Long Award, the Outstanding Service Award, a Certification of Appreciation, and a Special Recognition Award from the College Reading and Learning Association for her contributions as a founding member of the organization.

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