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Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee's Charge

  • Provide overall advice to UAS leadership about implementation of the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan (SAP), including our mission, vision, and core themes
  • Provide oversight for NWCCU accreditation compliance and report preparation
  • Provide recommendations about continuous improvement and refinement of UAS’s planning and budgeting processes in light of the SAP
  • Advise UAS leadership about budget principles, priorities, and allocation criteria that guide annual resource allocation decisions as well as allocation and utilization of facilities and technology-related resources
  • Review and present input to UAS leadership about annual operating and capital budget requests
  • Promote transparency and accountability in our planning and budget processes, and assist with communication about those processes and outcomes to the broader university community
  • Promote meaningful participation by appropriate university governance groups in the UAS strategic planning and budgeting process.


The Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee (SPBAC) grew out of the Strategic and Assessment Plan Executive Committee which was established after the 2009 self-study and the 2011 strategic planning process.  The Executive Committee provided overall advice to UAS leadership about implementation of the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan, including mission, vision, and core themes. The group also had oversight for NWCCU accreditation compliance and report preparation.

In April 2013 this group was modified to become SPBAC.

AY2016–2017 Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee Members

Committee members are appointed by the Chancellor. The Committee is advisory to the Chancellor and Executive Cabinet.

Richard A. Caulfield


Phone: 796-6509


Chancellor's Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 206, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Chancellor, Caulfield provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Previously he served as UAS Provost. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.

Caulfield’s extensive university experience began when he served as an instructor in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS is fully compliant with NWCCU standards and that regular program assessments and reviews are completed successfully. As Provost he chaired the Provost’s Council, co-chaired the UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the UAS Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee. He has been a leader in university/community planning efforts involving political leaders, industry and business leaders, service organizations, Alaska Native/Native American entities, and government agencies.

Caulfield has served on national and international academic boards, including the Executive Committee for the University of the Arctic, the International Arctic Social Sciences Executive Committee, and the Oceans/Atmosphere/Ice Interactions Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation. He served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). He has a solid track record of building relationships leading to private philanthropic giving and industry investments. In his capacity as a community campus director he served on regional and statewide workforce development committees, including on the board of the Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium.

Caulfield earned his PhD in the United Kingdom in 1994 based upon research about aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and the Arctic. His Greenland research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sir Phillip Reckitt Foundation, led to publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees with Honors in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Danish and Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic Inuit language. He is the recipient of the University of Alaska’s Dennis Demmert Award for excellence in serving Alaska Native Students.

Rick and his wife Annie have three grown children. He is active in Southeast Alaska community affairs, serving on boards and committees with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Juneau Economic Development Council, Southeast Conference, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.

Karen Carey


Phone: 796-6486Fax: 796-6469


Provost Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 209, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • Ph.D. School Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • M.S. School Psychology, University of Nevada
  • B.S. Psychology, San Diego State University

Joe G Nelson, J.D.

Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Phone: 796-6100Fax: 796-6365


Novatney Bldg, Rm. 205, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Born in Mount Edgecumbe, AK, Joe was raised as a commercial fisherman in Yakutat. He is a member of the Teikweidí (Brown Bear) clan, eagle moiety of the Yakutat Tlingit tribe. After graduating Yakutat High School, Joe attended college in Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA in 1996 and earned his Master of Arts in American Indian Studies in 1998. In 2001, he received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.

Joe is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, the Sealaska Board of Directors, and the Juneau Lions Club.

Michael Ciri

Vice Chancellor for Administration

Phone: 796-6570Fax: 796-6276


I.T. Services

Hendrickson Bldg, 111, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Michael Ciri was raised in the wilderness by wolves and dropped in front of the Mourant Building in 1982 to fend for himself. And he fended well. He went from student to student employee to a regular employee in computing in 1986. He became director of Information Technology and Media Services in 2000.

He is UAS educated, receiving an AA in 1988, a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1994 and received his master's in Public Administration in 2007. He also holds the record for most consecutive years of living in student housing and is in the UAS mascot hall of fame as the original "Spike" the whale.

Deborah Lo

Dean, School of Education and Graduate Studies

Phone: 796-6551


School of Education

Juneau Campus


Ph. D. -University of Chicago

B.S. and M.S -Florida State University

Karen R. Schmitt

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Vice Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs

Phone: 796-6518Fax: 796-6406


Vickie Williams

Dean, School of Management; Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6363Second Phone:


SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 103, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Fordham University - MBA Finance
Pennsylvania State University - BS Accounting

Certified Public Accountant (New York)
Chartered Global Management Accountant


Williams, V. and Starnes, L. “Audit Selection: Increasing the Efficiency of Sales Tax Administration.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of Allied Academies Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies. (1997).

Williams, V.L. “Catch Me If You Can.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies International Academy for Case Studies. (1997).

Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “Testing the Quality of Environmental Disclosures”.
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies Academy of Accounting and Finance. (1997)

Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “Down with the Titanic.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies International Academy for Case Studies. (1996).

Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “The Case of the Refried Bean.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the International Academy for Case Studies. (1996)

Williams, V.L. and Dye, J.L. “Going Concern Determinations: User Expectations Versus Reality.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies Academy of Accounting and Finance. (1996)

Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “What a Waster: The Theory and Reality of Environmental Cleanup.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies Academy of Accounting and Finance. (1996)

Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “A Case of Fowl Play.”
Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Allied Academies International Academy for Case Studies. (1996).


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants (AKCPA)
Glacier Swim Club Board


Currently Teaching at UAS
Introduction to Accounting I and II
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I and II
Computer Automated Accounting


UAS Faculty Excellence in Advising, 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award for Accounting Excellence from Alaska Capital Chapter of Association of Government Accountants, 1999

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK - Assistant Professor of Accounting and Chair of Accounting Program

Williams Accounting Consulting Services, Juneau, AK: Provided accounting services and contract CFO work for small non-profits

City of Petersburg, Petersburg, AK - Acting Finance Director

City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau, AK – Deputy Treasurer

City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau, AK – Treasurer

Citicorp, New York, NY – Director of Financial Reporting and Systems for U.S. Consumer Banking Group

Citicorp, New York, NY – Assistant Director Financial Reporting U.S. Consumer Banking Group

Citicorp, New York, NY – Financial Analyst, Individual Bank Sector Financial Control

Arthur Andersen & Co., New York, NY – Auditor

Pete Traxler

Executive Dean, Career Education; Assistant Professor, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6139


Paula Martin

Sitka Campus Director

Phone: 747-7704Fax: 747-7768


Sitka Director's Office

Sitka Campus

Priscilla Schulte

Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

Phone: 228-4515Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Ketchikan Director's Office

Ziegler Bldg, Room 116A, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Dr. Schulte specializes in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures, sociocultural change, and archaeology of southeast Alaska.


Priscilla Schulte has been teaching on the Ketchikan campus since 1980 and has been teaching distance classes for over ten years. Most of her students are in southeast Alaska, but some are from as far away as Connecticut. Priscilla has taught summer classes on the Juneau campus as well as distance delivery classes by video and audio conference to the Juneau campus. She teaches primarily lower division anthropology and sociology classes, as well as multicultural education classes.

Priscilla started her teaching career by teaching anthropology at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College) now located in Tsaile, Arizona. Her anthropological fieldwork in Arizona and Chicago sparked her interest in completing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. During her years of living and teaching on the Navajo Nation, she began her doctoral work at the University of New Mexico which she completed after her move to Alaska in 1980.

Priscilla’s research and teaching interests are in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures (primarily of southeast Alaska), and Native American culture change. She produced the video, “The Bear Stands Up,” which has aired on public television. Her most recent research has focused on the totem pole carvers of the CCC era. She is an adopted member of the Tongass Brown Bear clan of the Tlingit people. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired and encouraged her in her research and teaching.

One of the most exciting events of Priscilla’s teaching year is the annual fieldtrip coordinated with the Forest Service to do archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork with local Native elders, cultural teachers, and UAS students. The field trips focus on the survey and inventory of important cultural sites located in southern southeast Alaska.

Elise Tomlinson

Regional Library Director

Phone: 796-6467


Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


BFA, University of Alaska Anchorage;  MLIS, University of Hawaii Manoa

Courses Taught

LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy

LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students


Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 25 years.  She became the new Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012.  Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau.  She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments.  Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!

Lisa Hoferkamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 796-6538Fax: 796-6447


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences

Anderson Bldg, Rm. 313, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Exposure Research Laboratory - USEPA, Athens, GA
Kinetic studies of the anaerobic attenuation of munitions compounds

  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland Synthesis and X-ray structural characterization of catalytically active transition metal clusters
  • M.S., Inorganic Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Development of polymer modified electrode surfaces derived from Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


Study of the natural environment from a chemical viewpoint offers fascinating research topics ranging from basic research on poorly understood natural processes to applied research investigating the effects of human activities on various ecosystems and remediation efforts. The pristine system of forests and waterways proximate to the University of Alaska Southeast are ideal natural laboratories for these types of studies.

My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments. Heavy metal studies in my lab include characterization of the iron, lead and copper species associated with high organic carbon soils under anaerobic conditions.  An increasing presence of ocean-going vessels at Alaskan ports has also raised concern about environmental levels of tin.  The chemical interactions of tin with environmental matrices (e.g. microbial communities) profoundly influence its mobility and toxicity.   These metals have become common features of the southeastern Alaska topography and identifying the specific form of these metals under various environmental conditions provides valuable insight into their transport properties. Organic pollutants, on the other hand, are typically associated with industrialized areas and as such have limited local sources at higher latitudes. Atmospheric transport and to some extent urbanization however, have provided for detectable levels of numerous synthetic organic chemicals in the arctic hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Studies aimed at quantifying levels of organic pollutants and their attenuation products in high latitude regions are also pursued in my laboratory. Of particular interest to me are halogenated organic contaminants and their redox chemistry in the environment.  Once these pollutants reach higher latitudes, I study their transformations as they interact with the abiotic and biotic environment of southeastern Alaska and how the contaminant’s environmental impact is controlled by those interactions.  Both heavy metal and organic pollutant studies involve the use of state of the art analytical instrumentation including atomic absorption spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Collaborations with the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast biologists continue to support and strengthen my contaminant studies. In addition to contaminant studies, I conduct ongoing research into the habitat remediation and restoration potential of created wetlands. Collaborative efforts with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife have led to the development and continued study of two created wetlands in the Mendenhall valley. Results from this project have shown these landscape features serve as moderators of groundwater intrusion and stormwater runoff, provide for carbon sequestration and contaminant retention and allow for significantly improved habitat. All of my research projects at the University of Alaska Southeast have benefited from the contributions of my undergraduate research assistants.

Courses Taught

The chemistry courses that I teach at the University of Alaska Southeast include general, organic and environmental chemistry.
The laboratory portion of Environmental Chemistry focuses on analytical methods used in environmental analyses.

The UAS Natural Science department is well equipped for gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry and ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectroscopy. I have taught Special Topics courses on contaminant attenuation in the natural environment and wetland chemistry. All of these courses provide valuable insight into natural processes and provide a foundation for understanding natural systems and the impacts of contemporary societies on those systems.

Lower Division:

  • CHEM 103 - Introduction to Chemistry I
  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 193 - ST: Chemistry Recitation
  • CHEM 297 - IS: Chem Lab
  • CHEM 397 - IS: Chemical Research

Upper Division:

  • CHEM 341 - Organic and Biological Chemistry I
  • CHEM 450 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 497 - IS: Environmental Chemistry
  • ENVS 491 - Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 492 - Seminar: Contaminant Attenuation in Natural Systems
  • ENVS 498 - Research in Environmental Science
  • ENVS 498 - Research: Mobility of Metals

Kolene E. James

Coordinator, Native and Rural Student Center (NRSC)

Phone: 796-6454Fax: 796-6005


SRC: Native and Rural Student Center

Mourant Bldg, Rm 110, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


B.L.A., University Alaska Southeast.


Allow me to introduce myself: my Tlingit name is DaxKilatch. My name comes from the Head of the Nass River. My parents are Francis and Norma Jean Dunne. I am the child of the Tsimshian through my father's tribe. I am Tlingit Gaanax.adi from the Taantakwaan, people of Tongass. I am also Tsimshian Ggan haa da of Metlakatla on my mother's side (Metlakatla is the only reservation here in Alaska). I was raised in the village of Saxman (outside of Ketchikan city limits) for the better half of my childhood and spent most of my summers in Metlakatla with my beloved grandmother, Jessie Ridley. I am also the grandchild of the Teikweidi, Tsimshian, Irish, and I have Haida in my bloodline as well. I am very proud of my Native and non-Native heritage! I am also a proud parent of my three children Devon, Kordell, and Corinne, and a proud wife to Lyle James, Kaagwaantaan of Hoonah.

I recently graduated with my B.L.A. from UAS, and I am currently looking into a master's degree program. I am the coordinator for the Native & Rural Student Center, an academic advisor, and advisor for the student club Wooch.Een.

As coordinator for the Native and Rural Student Center, I provide services to assist Native and Rural students adjust to college life here at UAS. We offer staff and support services to help improve Native student success and retention rates in higher learning. This is done through academic advising and support, assistance with registration, course selection and scheduling, as well as peer advising, mentoring, and special orientations.

The Center offers opportunities and special events on and off campus to help develop leadership skills in its student members. It is a place for students to meet, form friendships, receive support and peer mentoring.

The Center sponsors leadership activities, scholarship fairs and other gatherings where student participation is highly encouraged. For example, we host the UA Native Oratory Society contest at UAS, where students compete in a professional forum while speaking on topics of importance to the Native community.

Wooch.een, the Alaska Native students' club (which means, "working together" in the Tlingit language) has played an important role in planning and hosting student events at UAS and in the Juneau Community at large.

Wooch.een hosts several major events each year, including lectures by distinguished Native authors and scholars during Native American Heritage month in November. These and other social events help integrate the community and foster a better understanding of Native history, cultural and social issues. The organization has done a great deal to promote academics, student retention and leadership on campus.

In addition to the coordinating and advising portion of my position, I also support and work with the TRIO Student Support Services program, the UAS PITAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaskan Schools) scholars, Early Scholars at Juneau Douglas High school, Juneau Youth Correctional students, and the All Nations Children dance group.


Club Advisor to GSA, Wooch.een, and PITAAS Support

Roxanna K Felkl

Director, Budget, Grants and Contracts

Phone: 796-6494Fax: 796-6469


Gail Cheney

Director, Human Resources

Phone: 796-6473


Human Resources

Hendrickson Bldg, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Strategic planning; professional development; collaboration effort; employees issues/grievances

Brad Ewing


Phone: 796-6231


Juneau Campus


Brad conducts accountability and performance assessments in support of institutional and operational planning.  He also provides research and consultative leadership to support administrative decision-making and strategic planning functions at all levels of UAS management.  A core task for this reporting and consulting position includes developing SQL-embedded SAS analytics programs for an Oracle relational database comprised of approximately 2,000 tables, 40,000 columns, and 1.5 billion records.

Prior to working at UAS Brad was a senior analyst at an Alaskan consulting firm, McDowell Group.  His career experience includes managing projects with combined budgets of $2 million for diverse clients--including Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental organizations at local, regional, and national levels. During these projects he collaborated with economists and statisticians at the United Nations, World Bank, and national statistical offices in China, Colombia, and Indonesia.  In addition to project management, Brad has experience managing a database comprised of 65 million data points that measured natural resource flows through regional supply chains.  Brad has also designed and taught an M.B.A. course on ecological economics and authored a wide range of publications; one of these was cited by Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen in their report on the measurement of economic performance and social progress.

Brad was born and raised in Ohio and then lived in Berkeley, California for four years before moving to Juneau in 2011.  Brad holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in Business Analytics and Finance from the University of California, Davis.  He also earned a B.S. degree in Economics and a B.S. degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University.

Eric W. Scott

Director of Campus Life and Student Conduct

Phone: 796-6389Fax: 796-6387


Activities and Housing

Student Housing, Lodge, 100b, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

David Russell-Jensen

President, United Students University of Alaska Southeast

Phone: 796-6517


Student Government

Juneau Campus

Tentative FY17 Meeting Schedule

Thursday from 1:30–3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • October 6, 2016
  • November 17, 2016
  • December 15, 2016
  • January 26, 2017
  • March 23, 2017
  • May 4, 2017

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