The UAA campus will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4-5. Summer session classes will resume Monday, July 8.
Please enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend.
PROFESSORS WIN HONORS
Two UAA professors from different fields have been recognized nationally for their academic contributions.
Assistant Professor E.J. David will be heading to Hawaii to receive the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research at the AAPA Convention on July 30.
Born in the Philippines and schooled in Barrow, David was a UA Scholar (graduated in the top 10 percent of his class) when he arrived at UAA and took his first psychology class. Light bulbs went on. He worked his way through a doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. When he learned UAA was looking for new faculty for a new doctorate program in clinical-community psychology, he signed on. He's been teaching and writing books here ever since.
In nominating David for the award, Kevin Nadel, an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, noted that David received his doctorate just six years ago, and while still a graduate student, first-authored “The Colonial Mentality Scale for Filipino Americans,” still used by scholars interested in understanding the impacts of colonialism on mental health.
Willie L. Iggiagruk Hensley, a distinguished visiting professor in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy, has been honored for his significant work in education with the 2013 Leo Reano Memorial Award from the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Awards Program.
Hensley is noted specifically for his support and development of educational opportunities for Alaska Natives. His accomplishments include securing funding for three village high schools in Kiana, Selawik and Noorvik soon after he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. This allowed Alaska Native children to remain with their families while attending high school, instead of the norm at the time, being sent to a distant Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school (an experience that Willie Hensley had).