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2014-2015 Curriculum Committee Members

Chris Hay-Jahans

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

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.

Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723


Arts and Sciences Department

Sitka Campus

Jan Crichton

Curriculum & Records Specialist

Phone: 796-6471


Gillian R. Hays

Academic and Faculty Services Coordinator

Phone: 796-6147


Maren Haavig

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6353 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 115

Juneau Campus

Alison Ziegler

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: 228-4563



Paul Bldg

Ketchikan Campus

Heidi Pearson

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

Phone: 796-6271 Fax: 796-6447


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Biology

Anderson Bldg, Rm 205C

Juneau Campus

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
B.S., Duke University, Durham, NC, 1998

Curriculum vitae (.pdf)

Go here to learn about my marine mammal research lab, BREACH, and read the latest updates from the field.

Biology of Marine Mammals (lecture and lab)
Cetacean Behavior and Behavioral Ecology (lab)
Conservation and Biology of Marine Birds and Sea Turtles (lecture)
Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment (lecture)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (lecture and lab)
Introduction to Biology (lecture and lab)
Marine Birds and Mammals (lecture and lab)
Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Change (seminar)
Marine Mammal Field Research Methods (lecture and lab)
Prospects for Planet Earth (lecture)

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