Five awards and academic affairs leadership distinctions for Professor Landry Signé

by Michelle Saport  |   

UAA political science professor Landry Signé is the recent recipient of numerous awards and  distinctions, including a fellowship from The Wilson Center.

UAA political science professor Landry Signé has recently received five prestigious awards and recognitions.

Professor Signé was recognized as a 2016 Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow in support of his pre-eminent scholarship and world-class leadership in academic and policy affairs. The Wilson Center, "chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation's key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community." Under the Andrew Carnegie fellowship and as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs, Professor Signé engages with governmental and non-governmental agencies, leaders at the presidential and ministerial levels, world-leading research and teaching institutions, and senior officials and scholars around the world, using his globally recognized effective leadership in university affairs to serve the best interests of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Professor Signé has also received, for the second consecutive year, the 2016 American Political Science Association (APSA) Campus Teaching Award, in recognition of his excellence in teaching. APSA is one the most prominent and largest political science associations in the world, representing more than 13,000 members in over 80 countries.

The Africa Youth Awards named him as one of the 2016 Top 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World, a list compiled with participation from 140 countries and numerous nonprofit and media organizations. This year's list features 62 men and 38 women. The honorees, who range in age from 14 to 40, represent 27 African countries.

Signé has also been re-appointed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which supports freedom around the world (in more than 90 countries), to participate in the prestigious 2017-18 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program application review. Signé will be responsible for the regions of Central Africa and the Horn of Africa. The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program-named in honor of its main founders, former president Ronald Reagan and late congressman Dante Fascell-is an exchange program that "supports democratic activists, scholars and journalists from around the world to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide."

Also in 2016, the Union of Students at UAA (USUAA) bestowed the inaugural Order of Excellence award on Professor Signé. USUAA, on behalf of about 16,000 students, conferred the honor on Signé to recognize his "exemplary contributions to expanding educational opportunity, increasing student academic success, encouraging campus participation, enhancing campus life and belonging, and promoting the social, intellectual, and cultural diversity of students."

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