July 9, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2018

Dr. Jeane Breinig named 2018 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence recipient

ANCHORAGE—The University of Ӱԭ Foundation announced today that Dr. Jeane T'áaw xíwaa Breinig, interim associate vice chancellor of Ӱԭ Natives and diversity and professor of English at the University of Ӱԭ Anchorage, was selected to receive the 2018 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Breinig will receive a $15,000 award for her outstanding contributions to the University of Ӱԭ.

“Edith Bullock made a generous contribution to establish this award and showcase the extraordinary achievements of individuals on behalf of the UA system,” said UA Foundation Board of Directors Chair Alex Slivka. “Dr. Breinig’s efforts to expand diversity within the University of Ӱԭ through curriculum, research and leadership embody the excellence that Mrs. Bullock wished to recognize.”

Breinig was one of the first Ӱԭ Native tenure-track professors hired at UAA, arriving in 1995. Upon her hire, she developed curriculum with an emphasis on Ӱԭ Native literature and studies. She has worked to increase diversity and inclusion in the University of Ӱԭ’s culture, particularly by developing and promoting Ӱԭ Native and indigenous research and creative activity.

“Her courses have enabled students to engage meaningfully and transformatively with course content. Indeed, as one student stated, ‘it is the first time I’ve learned anything much about Ӱԭ Natives, and I’ve lived in Ӱԭ my whole life,’” wrote Jennifer Stone, UAA associate professor of English in her nomination of Breinig.

Breinig is also well known for inspiring learning through her extensive record of university and community service. She recently facilitated, and is now assisting to implement, UA’s first Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan, completed in 2017. She is a co-founder of the Ӱԭ Native Studies Council, which was UA’s first Ӱԭ Native cross-institutional group consisting of faculty from UAA, the University of Ӱԭ Fairbanks, the University of Ӱԭ Southeast and IỊisaġvik College. The council works to develop and include indigenous curricula, pedagogy and research in Ӱԭ’s universities.

She has served on boards for a variety of institutions, including the Ӱԭ Humanities Forum, Kavilco Incorporated, Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation, Rural Ӱԭ Community Action Program, Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Ӱԭ Press; she also serves as the Ӱԭ regional liaison for the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Program. Breinig has also served as a visiting associate professor of English at the University of Ӱԭ Southeast and as a Haida language associate at the Sealaska Heritage Institute. 

The Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence is the largest single award made annually by the UA Foundation’s Board of Directors. The award was established by the late Edith R. Bullock, who served the university for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the UA Foundation Board of Trustees.

The UA Foundation raises, manages and stewards private donations for the benefit of the University of Ӱԭ.

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For more information, contact Dory Straight, UA Foundation scholarship officer at 907-450-8030.

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