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Through his faculty assignments and other campus endeavors, Dr. Terrill R. Berkland shared his love for science with students of all ages. The professor emeritus of earth science and education devoted 34 years to Central.
Dr. Berkland joined the university in 1966 as an instructor in chemistry and science education. He served for four years, then left in 1970 to peruse doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He returned to campus in 1972 as an assistant professor of science education, and through various promotions became professor of earth science education in 1990.
He was active in university service beyond the classroom. As co-coordinator of Kindergarten-Sixth Science and Mathematics (KSAM), 1988-2996, he helped obtain funding from the National Science Foundation to increase the availability of area elementary and secondary school teachers to do activity science in the classrooms. While service as Science Olympiad Region IV coordinator, 1988-2003, he was instrumental in bringing more than 600 students annual to campus for science competitions. This gave him an opportunity to fulfill a dream to work with young minds.
In addition to studying at Iowa State, his education includes a bachelor’s degree from Loras College in Debuque, Iowa; master’s degree from Drake University, Des Moines; and associate degree from Mason City Junior College, Iowa.