The prize was established in 1988 with a generous gift from the late Edith R. Bullock, who was a member of Alaska’s Territorial House of Representatives, Territorial Senate, the University Board of Regents, Alaska Business Hall of Fame, and an Alaskan of the Year.
Submit nominations below or email a complete nomination packet to Dory Straight at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only complete nominations will be considered.
Any student, faculty, alumni, staff member, or volunteer who has made a significant contribution to further the university’s mission of “inspiring learning, and advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service" is eligible for nomination. The prize includes a $20,000 award.
The selection committee will base its decision primarily on three criteria:
- The extent to which the individual demonstrates a specific, definable, notable accomplishment that benefits the university (establishment of an academic or administrative program, the development of a course, the successful completion of a project, the achievement of a research discovery, the provision of a needed university or public service, the achievement of national recognition, etc).
- The extent to which the individual demonstrates general support of the university through service, advocacy or philanthropy.
- Any student, faculty, staff member, or volunteer, regardless of longivity within the UA system, who has furthered the university’s mission can be nominated. Most important is the impact of the nominee's work on the university and the broader community.
The deadline for receipt of complete nomination packets is December 1, 2023. Any material postmarked after midnight of the deadline date will be considered for the following year's prize.
2022 – Libby Roderick
2021 – Lawrence Duffy
2020 – Brian Barnes
2019 – Mark Herrmann
2018 - Jeane Táaw xíwaa Breinig
2017 - Michelle Bartlett and Gunnar Knapp
2016 - Bruno Kappes
2015 - Timothy Doebler
2014 - Dana Thomas
2013 - Richard Dauenhauer
2012 - Steve Langdon
2011 - Renee Carter-Chapman and Roberta Stell
2010 - Dirk Tordoff
2009 - Alan Boraas
2008 - Judith Kleinfeld
2007 - Paul Reichardt
2006 - Scott Goldsmith
2005 - James Lynch
2004 - Lauren Bruce
2003 - Ann Parrish
2002 - Stephen Haycox
2001 - Sue McHenry
2000 - Wendy Redman
1999 - Ron Spatz
1998 - Terrence Cole
1997 - Syun Akasofu
1996 - Gretchen Bersch
1995 - Wallace Olsen
1993 - Thomas Royer and Genter Weller
1992 - John Choon Kim
1991 - Betty Hoch
1990 – Marilyn Johnson
The Harold T. Caven Professorship was established in 1974 with a generous gift from Mrs. Loretta Caven. Dr. Caven was a longtime Alaskan who came to the state in 1943, and served as a director and vice president of First National Bank of Anchorage. Awards allow the recipient to extend and expand the university's business and finance research and outreach activities throughout Alaska.
Candidates will be evaluated based on:
- achievements through research and creative endeavors, scholarship or creative works, teaching, or professional service during the previous three calendar years and
- how proposed activities benefit the university.
Proposals for the award will be accepted from faculty members in business and finance within the university system. Applicants who have evident leadership in the financial community, either practically or academically, are preferred.
Proposals should focus on building partnerships with businesses, corporations, NGO's and state and local government entities to:
- provide experiential learning and internship opportunities for students, or;
- develop pathways for employees to advance to degree completion efficiently while continuing to work, or;
- develop and advance curriculum that provides stronger insight into the corporation structures, business operations, and laws of the ANCSA regional and village corporations.
Caven Professorship Application
Caven Professorship Criteria
Deadline: April 4, 2023
The term of the professorship commences at the beginning of the next academic year and will continue until the end of the second calendar year. Any proposals time stamped after midnight of the deadline date will be dismissed. All proposals will be submitted to a selection committee comprising qualified professionals who will select the top candidate proposals to forward to the UA president for final selection.
2021 - Jungho Baek
2019 - No Award Given
2017 – Qiujie (Angie) Zheng
2015 - Han Donker
2013 - Julie Hamilton
2011 - Paul Johnson
2009 - Nalinaksha Bhattacharyya
2007 - Mark Speece
2005 - Douglas Reynolds
2003 - Elisha Remington Baker IV
1987 - William Phillips
1984 - Omer Carey
1981 - Omer Carey