Congratulations Dr. Bear!

“Assistant professor receives recognition for her work in Indigenous communities”

“Dr. Tracy Bear, assistant professor in Native Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.

 

It has to do with recognizing work that is often under-valued. Community-outreach type of work is sometimes not recognized in the traditional sense in the university.” —Jolene Armstrong, vice president of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations

 

When you look at the very impressive work that has been done in such a short period of time, we can only imagine what she will be doing in the years to come if she follows this trajectory,” said Jolene Armstrong, vice president of CAFA and president of the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

The CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award, which has been handed out since 2007, recognizes an academic staff member at the universities of Lethbridge, Calgary, Alberta or Athabasca who, at an early stage of their career has made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university through research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity.

And Bear has done exactly that, said Chris Andersen, professor and Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at UAlberta.

‘She has already demonstrated a strong commitment to building relationships between the University of Alberta and the most vulnerable segments of Indigenous communities: urban communities and more specifically, incarcerated Indigenous individuals as well,’ said Andersen, who was one of two people to nominate Bear.

‘She has already demonstrated a strong commitment to building relationships between the University of Alberta and the most vulnerable segments of Indigenous communities: urban communities and more specifically, incarcerated Indigenous individuals as well,’ said Andersen, who was one of two people to nominate Bear.

‘Her work intersects urgent topics related to Indigenous women, decolonial sexualities, and women-led ceremonial responses to missing and murdered Indigenous women,’ wrote Kim TallBear in her nomination letter of Bear.”

Thank you to Windspeaker journalist Shari Narine for this feature. It beautifully features Tracy’s work as well as the admiration and respect from her colleagues. Read the full article here.

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A huge congratulations to Tracy! Her award winning scholarship contributes to the burgeoning field of Indigenous Studies and her commitment to the relationships she builds is a model for ethical scholarship and life in general. Tracy means so much to so many people. Her mentorship and friendship these past few years have been formative for me as well. Thank you to Dr. Kim Tallbear and Dr. Chris Andersen for nominating Tracy, and the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) for making Dr. Bear the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Academic Early Career Award. 

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