E. A. MacLean
Edna Ahgeak MacLean, Ph.D., an Iñupiaq from Barrow, Alaska and President Emeritus of Ilisaġvik College, is currently completing the comprehensive Iñupiaq dictionary. She served as president of the northernmost college in the United States, Iļisaġvik College in Barrow, Alaska from 1995-2005. Before serving as Special Assistant for Rural Education for the Commissioner of Education in Alaska from 1987-1990, Dr. MacLean developed and taught the Iñupiaq language B.A. degree program courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1976-1987. Edna received her B.A. fron the University of California Berkeley, her Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. Dr. MacLean was inducted into the Stanford University Alumni Hall Fame in 2003. She was named the Alaska Federation of Natives Citizen of the Year in 2005, in 2006 she received the State of Alaska Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award. Dr. MacLean is extremely proud of her two sons, Stephen Ahgeak MacLean and Andrew Okpeaha MacLean and feels especially blessed to have a wonderful granddaughter, Gwendolyn Sirrouna MacLean.
Address: 2002 Crataegus Circle, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
1991 - 1995: Stanford University, Ph.D., Education.
1990 - 1991: University of Washington, MA in Education (Bilingual Education).
1975 - 1976: Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; graduate study in Greenlandic Eskimo.
1970 - 1973: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska; courses in linguistics.
1967 - 1969: University of California, California Life Teaching Credential, Berkeley, California.
1965 - 1967: Colorado Women’s College, Denver, Colorado; BA, major in History and minors in Humanities and German.
1963 - 1965: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1959 - 1963: Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Mt. Edgecumbe, Alaska.
1949 - 1957: Barrow Day School, Barrow, Alaska.
2007 – present Iñupiaq Language Consultant (working on the comprehensive Iñupiaq dictionary).
2006 - 2007 Presidents Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska
7/95 – 7/2005: Ilisagvik College, President of Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska.
6/92 - 9/92: Iñupiaq Curriculum Developer, North Slope Borough School District, Barrow, Alaska.
9/87 - 9/90: State of Alaska, Department of Education, Special Assistant for Rural and Alaska Native Education to the Commissioner of Education.
1979 - 1987: University of Alaska, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Alaska Native Programs, Assistant/Associate Professor of Iñupiaq-Eskimo, Fairbanks.
1976 - 1979: University of Alaska, College of Arts and Sciences, Instructor in Iñupiaq-Eskimo, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1973 - 1975: University of Alaska, Alaska Native Language Center, Language Specialist, Fairbanks, Alaska.
1971 - 1973: University of Alaska, Alaska Native Language Center, Iñupiaq Writer, Fairbanks, Alaska.
68, 70, 71: University of Alaska, Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, Research Assistant, Barrow, Alaska.
Iñupiaq-Eskimo, North Slope Alaskan dialect, fluent and literate, (Native speaker).
Greenlandic dialect, basic fluency and literacy.
American English, fluent and literate.
2005 Two Children Adrift, In Swan, Brian (ed.) Voices from Four Directions, Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London.
1995 Inupiaq Narratives: Interaction of Demonstratives, Aspect, and Tense, Volume I and II, unpublished dissertation, Stanford University.
1990 Culture and Change for Iñupiat and Yupiks of Alaska, In Collis, R.F. Dirmid, (ed.), Arctic Languages, An Awakening, UNESCO.
1986 North Slope Iñupiaq Grammar, Alaska Native Language Center/College of Liberal Arts, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
1985 North Slope Iñupiaq Dialogues: First Year. Alaska Native Language Center/College of Liberal Arts, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
1981 Inupiallu Tanŋillu Uqaluŋisa Iļaŋich/Abridged Iñupiaq and English Dictionary. Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks and North Slope Borough Iñupiaq Language Commission, Barrow, Alaska.
1979 The Need for and Feasibility of Planning for a Coordinated International Auxiliary Iñuit Writing System. In Eskimo Languages, Their Present-Day Conditions, “Majority Language Influence on Eskimo Minority Languages”, Arkona, Aarhus 1979.
1973 Genealogical Record of Barrow Eskimo Families. Primate Research Center, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
2008 Comprehensive North Slope Iñupiaq Dictionary.
2008 Overview of the Inupiaq Language of the North Slope of Alaska presented
at the North Slope Borough Iñupiaq History, Language, and Culture
Commission Elders and Youth
Conference, Barrow, Alaska, August 5, 2008.
2008 Keynote Address: “Ikautiksriuqta Puiguitkaanun” Developing Bridges to Our Heritage, North Slope Borough Iñupiaq History, Language and History Commission Conference in Barrow, Alaska, March 25, 2008
1992 WHY DON'T WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN TO OUR NATIVE
LANGUAGES?, paper presented at a conference at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
1986 & 2008 The Revitalization of the Qargi, the Traditional Community House as an
Educational Unit of the Iñupiat Community , presented at the Alaska
Anthropological Association Symposium On “Policy and Planning for Alaskan Languages”, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 8, 1986 and at the North Slope Borough Iñupiaq History, Language, and Culture Commission Elders and Youth Conference, Barrow, Alaska, August 5, 2008.
Spring 1996 Member of Phi Kappa Phi
Spring 1991 Member of Pi Lambda Theta
Spring 1987: Awarded Tenure at University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.
7/87: Promoted to Associate Professor of Iñupiaq-Eskimo, Alaska Native Language Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
1976 - 1992: Numerous presentations and workshops at conferences and seminars on Native American language and education issues.
10/2006 2006 Governor’s Awards for the Humanities, Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award, Anchorage, Alaska.
2005 President Emeritus of Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska.
2004 ShareHolder of the Year, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, Barrow, Alaska.
10/17/2003 Alumni Hall of Fame, Native American Cultural Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
09/2003 Certificate of Achievement for success in achieving the first fully accredited, Native-controlled College (Ilisagvik College) in the State of Alaska for the Inupiat Communities of the Arctic Slope, from the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, IRA, Barrow, Alaska.
08/2003 Certificate of Achievement for guiding the North Slope’s postsecondary education program through the national accreditation process, and achieving the first fully accredited, Native-controlled college in the State of Alaska, Office of the Mayor North Slope Borough and North Slope Borough Assembly, Barrow, Alaska.
06/97 Certificate of Appreciation, North Slope Borough and Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Barrow, Alaska.
03/96 Certificate of Recognition for dedicated service provided to the Shareholders of UIC and the People of the North Slope, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation.
10/95: AFN Presidents Award for Education, Alaska Federation of Natives.
10/87: AFN Presidents Award for Education, Alaska Federation of Natives.
8/30/85: Elected a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America in recognition of significant contributions to the knowledge of the polar and sub-polar regions.
10/82: Shareholder Of The Year, Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation, Barrow, Alaska.
12/82: Certificate Of Special Recognition for contributing toward the positive growth and enhancement of the City of Barrow, Alaska from the City Council, Barrow, Alaska.
2008 Member of an expert working group on offshore hydrocarbon in the
Arctic as part of the project, Arctic TRANSFORM: Transatlantic Policy
Options for Supporting Adaptations in the Marine Arctic.
2004 – 2007 Member of Quality Education for Minorities Network, Washington, DC.
2002-2005 Member of Alaska Humanities Forum
2001- Present Member of Old Testament Bible Translation Review Committee, Barrow, Alaska.
2001 – 2005 Member of The Foraker Group Operations Board Committee
1998 - 2005 Founding Member and Chairperson of the Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education
1996 - 1999: Member of the National Science Foundation Polar Programs Office Advisory Committee
1996: Volunteer Iñupiaq Reader for the Early Education Program at Ipalook Elementary School, Barrow, Alaska
1996: Special Event Presentation to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks School of Education on “Ilisagvik College”
1989 - 1992: Member of Iñuit Circumpolar Conference Executive Council, Vice President for Alaska.
1987 - 1991: Member of Committee on Arctic Social Sciences, Polar Research Board, National Research Council.
1978 - 1983: Member of Iñuit Circumpolar Conference Committee on Education.
1983 - Present: Member of Steering Committee for International Cross-Cultural Education Seminar Series in the Circumpolar North.
1973 - 1983: Member/President of North Slope Borough Commission on History, Language, and Cultural, Barrow, Alaska.