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2014-2015 Curriculum Committee Members

Chris Hay-Jahans

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 796-6408


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math

Soboleff Annex, Rm 105

Juneau Campus

B.S. University of Oregon; M.A. University of Maine; D.A. Idaho State University

Chris has been at UAS since 2002. He enjoys teaching any mathematics or statistics course. His specialized areas of interest include applications of differential equations to geophysical fluid dynamics and other areas within the natural sciences. More recently, he has also developed an interest in the theory and applications of linear statistical models.

Outside of academics, Chris enjoys dabbling with gardening and carpentry, hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, and canoeing (under ideal conditions).

Reid Brewer

Associate Professor, Fisheries Technology

Phone: 747-7799


Career Education: Fisheries Technology

Sitka Campus

Alberta Jones

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6481


School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 105

Juneau Campus


2014-2015: PhD Candidate, Indigenous Studies, Research emphasis, U. of Alaska Fairbanks

2014-2015: Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Scholar, U. of Alaska Fairbanks

2008:  Master’s of Educational Leadership K-12, U. of Alaska Anchorage

2006: Master’s of Elementary Education, Ed. Technology emphasis, U. of Alaska Southeast

1988: Bachelor’s of Elementary Education, Natural Sciences emphasis, U. of Alaska Juneau


Alberta started teaching at UAS in the fall of 2010.  Prior to UAS, she was teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland), while teaching for UAS as an adjunct faculty professor. Before the metro DC experience, she retired from the Juneau School District.  She spent 20 years teaching and coaching various middle school sports.  She spent her last 3.5 years in public school coordinating various large federal Native education grants.  Alberta also spent many summers designing and coordinating western science and Native ways of knowing camps for secondary students. 


She greatly enjoys her doctoral program, as she is in the final phases of her research.  Her Ph.D.  dissertation research topic is entitled, Alaska Native Scholars: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Factors Influencing Ph.D. Attainment.  She is Tsimshian (killer whale phratry), Alutiiq, Hispanic, Russian, German, and Swedish.

In addition to academia, she enjoys spending her free time with family. Alberta and Peter (husband) enjoy watching Bruce (sr./son) play high school basketball. She likes to play volleyball, enjoys traveling,  and learning about other cultures.  She greatly enjoys cooking and anything having to do with Jane Austen.  She looks forward to having time to do other things following her Ph. D. attainment.  

Elementary Education

Pedar Dalthorp

Assistant Professor of Art, Curriculum Committee Chair

Phone: 796-6503


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, SB 103

Juneau Campus

Bethany A. Wilkes

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Information Literacy Librarian

Phone: 796-6515


Egan Library

Egan Library, Rm. 201

Juneau Campus

M.S.L.I.S.,  Florida State University (2004)

B.A., University of Montana (1995)

Librarian Liaison to the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Anselm Staack

Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6364 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 119

Juneau Campus

BA - Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
(Economics, Accounting & Business Admin.)
MBA - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Keenan-Flagler  School of Business
JD - University of Arizona at Tucson
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Member Alaska Bar (Attorney)

Anselm's experience includes positions as the Chief Financial Officer for the Alaska Retirement Systems, Dep. Commissioner Dept. of Administration, CFO and CIO in a managed Hospital Corporation of America hospital, Alaska Treasury Comptroller, Legislative Audit and Computer Audit Manager, Controller for the City & Borough of Juneau, Senior Auditor with an International CPA Firm.

He will be involved in instructing a variety of upper and lower division courses (Principles of Accounting, Computer Automated Accounting, Auditing, Governmental Accounting), and will also instruct  in graduate level courses (MBA Finance Seminar, Public Financial Management).  Anselm has previously taught courses for UAS at various times since 1975 as an adjunct instructor in accounting and business subjects.

William Urquhart

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone: 228-4527 Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences Department, Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Sociology,

Paul Bldg, Room 505

Ketchikan Campus

Ph.D., MA, Tulane University
B.S., Oregon State University

William Urquhart’s recent doctoral dissertation on school violence and bullying includes ethnographic and statistical studies at a remote Western Alaska village and at an inner-city high school in pre-Katrina New Orleans.  This work emphasizes the importance of social account conversations in defining peer group norms for retaliation in disadvantaged areas, and will soon be published in book form as a monograph.  His other research interests include Alaskan social problems such as alcoholism and domestic violence, and organizational behavior perspectives on workplace violence.  Currently, he is investigating the effect of climatic temperature variation on seasonal domestic violence rate cycles in northern states.  He enjoys teaching distance education classes, and some of his course offerings include Theory and Research in Criminology, Social Psychology, and Alaska Social Problems; Deviant Behavior, Organizational Behavior, and Environmental Sociology.

Bill was born and raised in Ketchikan, following four generations of Alaska commercial fishermen, prospectors, and pioneer women.  His interest in sociology was piqued through his early experiences commercial fishing with his family, where he observed social change affecting the organizational structure of the industry.  Since returning to Alaska from New Orleans in 2002 for dissertation research, Bill has lived in several areas of the state, including time working as an educator and wrestling coach in Western Alaska and in Fairbanks. 

In addition to serving as an instructor at UAS, Bill is an independent consultant to several Alaska school districts, working with student information systems and federal and state data reporting.  Bill also plays the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes; he is the Lead Bagpiper with Ketchikan’s Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums, and also performs at select solo engagements.  Bill enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Frankie, a science teacher in Ketchikan, and their small children, Liam, Neila, and Torran.

Advising contact for all distance-based students in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.

Dale Miller

Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Phone: 228-4575 Fax: 225-3895


Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center, Room 108

Ketchikan Campus

USCG Licenses:
Master 1600 Tons Inland and Near Coastal
Master 200 Tons upon Oceans
Mate 500 Tons upon Oceans
Master 25 Tons Auxiliary Sail

Capt. Miller's Online Radar Refresher course was the first of its kind in the Nation.  This USCG approved course enables mariners to study online material at home and when ready, come to either UAS Ketchikan or UAS Juneau to take the test.

Master 100 Ton/OUPV
Master 200 Ton Upgrade
Western Rivers of Alaska OUPV
Basic Safety Training
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Able Seaman
Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
Crowd Management
Crisis Management & Human Behavior
Radar Observer and Renewal
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
Apprentice Mate - Steersman

Captain Miller is a hawespiper, beginning as an Ordinary Seaman, working his way up to Able Bodied Seaman and then Mate/Relief Master on various coastal freighters, and Alaska Marine Highway vessels as well as a 25,000 ton container ship. He was employed for eight years as a Chief Mate / Relief Captain aboard the M/V Polar Venture, a 151 Ton (669 Ton ITC) Coastal Freighter and the M/V Sea Trader, a 360 Ton (1200 Ton ITC) Coastal Freighter. In his off time he has filled in as Mate aboard several tugboats and as Captain on small passenger vessels.

Captain Miller is currently the Marine Transportation Department Head and lead professor of Marine Transportation at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus.  He is USCG approved to teach almost every Maritime course that the University offers and has been the driving force behind the rapid expansion of the program, increasing the Marine Transportation Department's curriculum offerings more than four-fold in his 10 years as department head.  For recreation, Captain Miller enjoys hiking and sailing his 24 and 30 ft sailboats throughout Southeast Alaska.

Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723


Arts and Sciences Department

Sitka Campus

Kevin Krein

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Outdoor Studies

Phone: 796-6362


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 214

Juneau Campus

In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.

Barbara A Hegel

Registrar & Director of Admissions

Phone: 796-6294


Admissions, Registrar's Office,

Novatney Bldg

Juneau Campus

Jan Crichton

Curriculum & Records Specialist

Phone: 796-6471


Gillian R. Hays

Academic and Faculty Services Coordinator

Phone: 796-6147


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