In Memoriam -- Jean Zukowski/Faust (T-2)
PCV in Bursa and Ankara
From Northern Arizona University website:
Long-time educator Jean Zukowski/Faust dies
Jean Zukowski/Faust, a professor of English whose 42-year career took her
from Turkey to Tucson to Poland and Flagstaff, died July 17, 2006. She was
Dr. Zukowski/Faust was a professor and associate professor in Northern
Arizona University's Department of English since 1984. She taught a variety
of courses and held special interest in teaching English as a second
language, bilingual education, editing and grammar.
Born April 3, 1941, in Iron Mountain, Mich., Dr. Zukowski/Faust earned a
bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and
her master's in English as a second language from the University of Arizona
in 1973. She earned her doctorate in applied linguistics and English
education from the UofA in 1978.
She taught English from 1964 to 1971 at three institutions in Turkey before
moving to the University of Arizona's Department of English from 1972 to
1984, when she moved to NAU. From 1990 to 1992, while on leave from NAU, Dr.
Zukowski/Faust was associate director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Poland, for
which she was awarded a 1992 Medal of Honor from Poland's Ministry of
She was fluent in both Turkish and Polish.
"Jean will be sorely missed and long remembered by her colleagues and
students in the English department, the Flagstaff community, and teachers of
English as a second language in Arizona, around the United States and
beyond," said NAU professor Fredricka Stoller, a long-time colleague. "Jean
truly made a profound impact on everyone she came into contact with. She was
a devoted teacher, an excellent mentor and a caring human being."
Stoller said Dr. Zukowski/Faust was a strong supporter of the
"disenfranchised"-the non-English speakers for whom she worked diligently to
give them access to the language.
"Even while battling her illness so bravely and valiantly, Jean continued to
teach," Stoller continued. "She felt at home in the classroom and thoroughly
enjoyed sharing her knowledge and creating new knowledge with her students.
NAU is a better place because of its 22-year association with Jean. The
lessons she taught us all, I'm sure, will endure."
Professor Mary McGroarty, another long-time colleague, said Dr. Zukowski/Faust's
"remarkable career-based on a love of language, literature, life, and
people-embodies the best aspects of devotion to teaching."
"All teachers fortunate enough to work with her found her an inspiring
model," McGroarty said. "They knew she had a profound respect for all
practitioners dedicated to fine teaching."
Dr. Zukowski/Faust was a pioneer in concerns related to bilingual education
and English as a second language instruction, McGroarty pointed out, and
helped found NAU's master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language
and the NAU Program in Intensive English, which serves students from around
Dr. Zukowski/Faust wrote more than 25 textbooks for English language
learners. She was a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at state,
national and international conferences. She served as a director-at-large on
the board of directors of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages, known as TESOL, the U.S.-based international professional
association for English language teachers; she was a long-time member of the
Arizona TESOL executive board, chaired three AZ-TESOL state conferences and
served many years as editor and desktop publisher of the AZ-TESOL
In 1997, 1999 and 2004 she was awarded the AZ-TESOL's Distinguished Service
"Her colleagues and students, along with the hundreds of language teachers
she has influenced in Arizona and around the world, mourn her loss and
celebrate her extraordinary life and distinguished career," McGroarty said.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Zukowski/Faust; her
children, Josie and Jonathan (Amy); her mother, Helen Zukowski, a
step-daughter, Jennifer (Scot); a step-son, Michael (Sari); a granddaughter,
Kathleen; a sister, Gloria (David); brothers Theodore (Doreen), James
(Maryann), Patrick (Lois), and Dennis (Christine); and fourteen nieces and
A rosary will be said for Dr. Zukowski/Faust at 7 p.m. July 23 at St. Pius X
church, 2257 E. Cedar, Flagstaff, followed by a visitation and remembrance
at 7:30. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. July 24 at St. Pius with burial
at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, 201 W. University Dr. A lunch will follow at
noon at St. Pius.
The family suggests contributions be made to the NAU Foundation for the Jean
Zukowski/Faust Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ
More on Jean Zukowski/Faust's time in Turkey:
1966-71 Supervisor, Teacher, and Program Coordinator, Intensive
English Program, American College for Girls and Robert College, Arnavutkoy,
1966 Acting Director, English Language Preparatory Division, Middle East
Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
1964-1966 Instructor, English Language Preparatory Division, Middle
East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
1963-1964 Classroom Teacher, Ataturk Lisesi, Bursa, Turkey