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Stephens recognizes students, faculty and staff for scholarship, achievements

April 12, 2017


Stephens College students recognized assistant professors Dr. Ann Breidenbach and Dr. John Dailey on April 10, 2017, for their distinguished service during the annual Honors Convocation.

Breidenbach and Dailey were among a number of faculty, staff and students who were honored during the event held in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall.

“This is the time of year that we come together to honor who we are and to celebrate and honor those who have excelled in their academic fields,” said Dr. Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College.

Honors ConvocationBreidenbach received the Distinguished Teaching Award, which was established to recognize full-time teachers, professional counselors, resident counselors and librarians who teach with knowledge and mastery of their subjects. Dailey received the Michael Bowling Distinguished Advising Award, which honors advisers who inspire their advisees to be self-motivated and self-disciplined while actively pursuing goals of their own choice. 

Both awards are based on nominations from students.

Aja Depass ’17, who presented Breidenbach with her award, said the recipient makes strong connections with students and other faculty members.

“This recipient is known on campus as a listener,” Depass said. “She listens to students, and she listens to faculty.”

  • Breidenbach, an assistant professor in the Women’s Studies and Creative Writing programs, earned her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While working on her dissertation, she rediscovered her passion for writing. She began taking seminars in creative nonfiction writing and eventually earned a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Boston in 2014. She is working on a manuscript titled “Girlhood Cache,” which is a memoir told through a series of flash non-fiction essays. Her current research project, “Feminist Activism and the Women’s Film Festival: a Site for Social Change,” explores the impact of women’s film festivals as a means of feminist activism.

  • Dailey, an assistant professor of communication design, has been involved in professional media design for more than 30 years, from his early days in television production to more recent years teaching communication design and digital storytelling. Dailey’s career has been focused on implementing, adapting and teaching the use of digital media design through each successive generation of technology. He has served on the faculties of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., Ball State University, the University of Kentucky and Southwest Missouri State University. Prior to that, he worked at CBS and NBC affiliates in Lexington, Ky. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky.

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