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Soboleff Bldg

11120 Glacier Hwy (SOB1)

Juneau, AK 99801

Kaya C. Day

Administrative Assistant - Humanities

Phone: 796-6405 Fax: 796-6406



Nina Chordas

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6407 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Andrea L. Dewees

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: 796-6008 Fax: 796-6406


Ernestine Hayes

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 796-6432 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 222

Juneau Campus

Jeremy Kane

Associate Professor of Art

Phone: 796-6222 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau 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.

Rod Landis

Professor of English

Phone: 228-4547 Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 507

Ketchikan Campus

M. Litt., Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English; M.A., University of Georgia. Rod specializes in Victorian and American nineteenth-century literature. His research focuses on the way Gothic themes and figurations transform texts from the Victorian century.

Rod began teaching at UAS Ketchikan in 1992, became visiting faculty in 1995 and was hired as Asst. Professor of English in 1996. He was the sole English faculty at that time; today Rod heads a local Humanities department of three full-time and half a dozen adjunct faculty. In addition, Rod is senior faculty for the regional English department and is in his third year of serving as Director of Composition and Assessment for all of UAS. Rod teaches an upper-division literature course online every semester, and also teaches composition, humanities and theatre courses, both online and locally.

Kevin Maier

Associate Professor of English, Humanities Department Chair

Phone: 796-6021 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Ph.D. Department of English.  University of Oregon. 2006. Structured Emphasis in Literature and Environment.  Passed oral examination with distinction.

Dissertation: "The Environmental Rhetoric of American Hunting and Fishing Narratives: A Revisionist History" (Chair: Suzanne Clark).

 M.A. Department of English.  University of Oregon.  2002. 

 B.A. Department of English.  Western Washington University.  1997. 

Cum Laude.  Junior Semester abroad, University of Hull, England.


  •  Introduction and co-editor with Sarah Jaquette Ray. Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory. In progress. 
  • Introduction and editor.  Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World.  Under Contract with Kent State UP.  
  • "Hunting." Ernest Hemingway in Context. Ed. Suzanne del Gizzo and Debra Moddelmog. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 267-276.  
  • "'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." The Hemingway Review 31.2 (2012): 65-83.
  • "Hemingway's Ecotourism:  Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 18.4 (2011): 717-736.
  • "Hemingway's Hunting:  An Ecological Reconsideration."  The Hemingway Review.  25.2 (2006): 119-122.
  • Contributing editor. The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College. John T. Gage.  Fourth edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.          


  • Review of Trout. (James Owen).  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.2 (2013): 440-441.
  • Review of Surfer Girls in the New World Order. (Krista Comer). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 19.1(2012): 200-201.   
  • Review of Catching the Ebb: Drift Fishing for a Living in Cook Inlet. (Bert Bender). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 18.1(2011): 221-222.
  • Double review of The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska. (Sherry Simpson) and Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey(Bill Sherwonit). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 16.4 (2009): 886-868.
  • Review of In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage. Robert Campbell. Western American Literature 43.4 (2009): 422-423. 
  • Review of Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World. Edited by Alon Tal.  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.2 (2008): 284-285.


   National and International Conferences:

  • “ASLE Juneau: The Report from the 2012 Off-Year Symposium.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, Indiana. June 2013.  
  • "Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World: How, Why, When, What." 15 th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference. Petoskey, Michigan. June 2012
  • "Poaching, Hunting, and Environmentalism in D'Arcy McNickle's 'Meat for God' and The Surrounded." 46 th Annual Western Literature Association Conference, Missoula, Montana. October 2011.
  • "Guns, Bikes, and Helicopters: An Ecological Apologia for Leisure." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011. 
  • "Building your Professional Identity: Funding, Publishing, and Conferencing." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011.
  • "'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." 14 th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland.  June 2010.
  • "Environmental Humanities in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from a Small Public Liberal Arts Institution."  American Society for Environmental History. Portland, OR, March 2010.
  • "World-making Through Alternative Sport Films."  Co-presentation with Kevin Krein.  International Association for the Philosophy of Sport Conference, Seattle, WA. August 2009.
  • "Dissolving Disciplines, Resolving Questions:  The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education at a Small Open-Admissions University." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Victoria, BC.  June 2009.
  • "Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Salmon Hatcheries and Tourism in Southeast Alaska" Western Literature Association Conference, Boulder, CO. October 2008.
  • "Stuck in Raymond Carver's America." Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, WA. October 2007.
  • "Hemingway's Ecotourism:  Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA. May 2007.
  • "Hemingway's Hunting:  An Ecological Reconsideration." International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Ronda, Spain. June 2006.
  • "The Conservation of Sporting Literature:  The Environmental Rhetoric of American Sporting Narratives."  Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Eugene, OR.  June 2005.
  • "Hatching Wildness: The Rhetoric of Wild Salmon." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Boston, MA.  June 2003.


  • "The Captivity Narrative: Mary Rowlandson and the advent of a genre" (English 223 Survey of British and American Literature). UAS April 2012.
  • "The centrality of Critical Thinking and the Liberal Arts Tradition."  National Teach-In in response to Corporate Greed, part of session entitled "The History of Unions and the Ascendancy of Capital." UAS. April 2011.
  • "Between Science and Anti-Science:  What does Science have to do with Literary Study?" (English 423 Ecocriticism). UAS December 2010.
  • "All Things Sustainable: The Report from UAS." Presentation at All Things Sustainable Roundtable. University of Alaska Fairbanks. April 2010.
  • "Salmon Hatcheries and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska."  UAS Spring Forum on Animals.  March 2010.
  • "Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Hardrock Mines, Salmon Hatcheries, and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska." Guest Lecture (Video-recorded).  English 365 (Alaska Literature: Native and Non-native Perspectives). February 2010.
  • "Salmon Hatcheries and Industrial Tourism in Juneau: An Ecological Approach to Interdisciplinary Research."  University of Alaska Southeast.  Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Work-in-Progress Series.  October 2008. 
  • "D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded and the Imperialist Ramifications of Sport." University of Alaska Southeast.  Guest Lecture, English 418: The West in Books and Film. July 2007.
  • "Steelhead Flyfishing: A Literary History." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing.  April 2007. 
  • "Make it new?  Make it Local: On the Necessity of Teaching Local Issues in Composition." University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference.  September 2005.
  • "Preparing to teach Composition for the First Time."  Guest Lecture.  University of Oregon. English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar.  March 2004.
  • "Teaching A Forest of Voices."  University of Oregon.  English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar.  February 2003.
  • "Ecocomposition and the Politics of Teaching."  University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference.  September 2002.


  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
  • Western Literature Association
  • The Hemingway Society


 Associate Professor of English.  University of Alaska Southeast. 2013-present.

 Assistant Professor of English.  University of Alaska Southeast. 2006-2013. 

 Visiting Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast.  2004-2005.

 Courses taught (UAS):

  • English 493: Travel Writing (Independent Study) Fall 2006.
  • English 423: Ecocriticism.  Spring 2008.
  • English 420: The History of the American Novel. Fall 2009.
  • English 419: Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway.  Fall 2010.  Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Spring 2007.
  • English 418: Perspectives on the Animal. Team-Taught with philosopher Dr. Kevin Krein. Spring 2009.
  • English 418: Hemingway in Cuba. Spring 2012.
  • English 418: Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North. Co-Taught with Dr. Sarah Ray. Spring 2012.
  • English 418: The Wilderness Act at 50: A Critical and
  • English 363: Nature Writing.  Fall 2004.  Fall 2006.  Fall 2008.  Fall 2010.  Fall 2012.
  • English 303: Literature and the Environment.  Fall 2007. Spring 2009.  Spring 2010.  Spring 2011. Spring 2012.
  • English 226: Survey of American Literature II, 1865-present. Spring 2005. Spring 2007. Fall 2008.  Spring 2010. Fall 2010 (Directed Study). Fall 2011.   
  • English 225: Survey of American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865. Fall 2004. Fall 2006. 
  • English 215: Introduction to Literary Criticism.  Fall 2008 (Directed Study).  Spring 2009.  Spring 2012 (Directed Study).
  • English 111: Methods of Written Communication. Fall 2004 (two sections). Spring 2005 (two sections). Fall 2007 (two sections). Spring 2008 (two sections). Fall 2008.  Fall 2009.  Spring 2011. Summer 2011. Fall 2011. Summer 2012.
  • English 110: Basic College Writing. Spring 2007.
  • Humanities 393: Cuban Language, Literature, and Culture. Team taught in country with Dr. Dan Monteith, Claudia Wakefield, and Forest Wagner. Spring 2012.
  • Humanities 393: Climate Change, Climate Solutions: Seminar on Climate Change Advocacy and Activism. Summer 2008.
  • Humanities 200: Introduction to the Liberal Arts.  Spring 2011. Fall 2013.
  • Humanities 120: Sense of Place, Alaska and Beyond.  Team taught. Fall 2009. Fall 2010 (lead instructor).  Fall 2011 (lead instructor). Fall 2012 (lead instructor).  Fall 2013 (lead instructor).
  • Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience.  Team taught with Geologist Dr. Sonia Nagorski.  Summer 2007.
  • Philosophy 271: Perspectives on the Natural World. Fall 2006.
  • Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing II: Service Learning and Steelheading. Spring 2011.  Spring 2012. Spring 2013.
  • Outdoor Studies 193: Introduction to Fly Fishing.  Fall 2010. Fall 2011. Fall 2012.  Fall 2013. 

 Thesis Committees (UAS):

  • Advisor.  Ben Crozier, "Images of the Arctic: A Literary Review."  2008. 
  • Advisor.  Jess Eller, "Salmon Hatcheries and Alaska."  2010.
  • Committee. Seth Griffin, "Chinese Environmental Literature."  2011. 

 Graduate Teaching Fellow.  University of Oregon.  Fall 2000-Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006.   

   Courses taught (UO):

  • English 410: Americans in Paris.  (Assistant to Dr. George Wickes).  Summer 2002.
  • English 222: Introduction to the Major III: American and British Literature, 1789-present.  (Discussion sections for Dr. Paul Peppis). Spring 2004.  Spring 2006. 
  • Writing 121: College Composition I.  Fall 2001. Winter 2003. Summer 2004.
  • Writing 122: College Composition II.  Winter 2002. Spring 2002. Fall 2002. Spring 2003. Fall 2005.  

 Writing Lab Fellow.  University of Oregon. Academic Learning Services.  2000-2001. 


  • UAS Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2010-2011. 
  • Alaska EPSCoR, National Science Foundation Travel Grant. Spring 2009. 
  • Wilson Fund Travel Grant. Spring 2007. Fall 2007. Fall 2008. Fall 2009.  Spring 2010. Spring 2011. Fall 2011.  Fall 2012.
  • International Polar Year, National Science Foundation Outreach Grant, funding for Humanities 393 Course.  Summer 2008.
  • University of Alaska Special Projects for Retention, funding for Humanities 193 Course. Summer 2007.  
  • Outstanding Composition Teacher Award.  Department of Composition, University of Oregon.  2001-2002. 



  • Co-coordinator, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Off-year Symposium, “Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North.” University of Alaska, June 2012.


  • United Academics Faculty Union, AAUP/AFT Local 4996, Area Representative, 2009-2012. 
  • Alaska State Writer's Consortium, Board Member.  National Writing Project.  2007-2009.

    University of Alaska Southeast: (selected)

  • Geography and Environmental Studies BA Degree Program Coordinator.  Spring 2013-present.
  • English BA Degree Program Coordinator. Fall 2009-Fall 2014.
  • Co-Director of Writing. Fall 2010-present.
  • UAS Sustainability Committee, Chair, Fall 2009-present. Co-chair, 2008-2009.
  • Assistant Director of Composition.  2009-2010
  • Coordinator of Humanities 120, Freshman Seminar course.  Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012.
  • One Campus, One Book Selection Committee, 2011.
  • "I'm going to college" Program for 5th-graders. Yakutat School District. Yakutat, Alaska.  May 2010. May 2011. May 2012. May 2013.
  • "Why College, Why UAS?" Recruiting program, Yakutat School District.  May 2010.  May 2011. May 2012. May 2013.
  • Faculty Mentor, Guide Program for first-time Freshmen.  2009-2010.
  • Chair, English Search Committee. 2008-2009.
  • Communication Search Committee. 2008-2009.
  • Faculty Advisor, UAS Bike Club. 2007-2009.
  • Chancellor's Task Force on Retention, Learning Communities Sub-Committee. Spring 2007-2009.
  • Portfolio Review Committee, English 110: Basic College Writing.  Fall 2006-Spring 2009.
  • Editorial Board, Tidal Echoes (UAS literary journal). 2009. 2012.
  • Learning Center Writing Placement Test Scoring Committee, Spring 2008. 
  • English Curriculum Committee, 2006-2008. 
  • Co-Coordinator, UAS Spring Forum: Sustainability and Juneau Energy. 2007-2008.
  • Co-Coordinator, UAS Spring Forum on Sustaining Culture, Community, and Environment.  2006-2007.
  • Steering committee, Pacific Rim Forum: Interdisciplinary Conference on Economics and the Environment. 2004-2005.
  • Chair, Bachelor of Liberal Arts Final Portfolio Committee.  2006-2007.
  • English Search Committee. 2005-2006.
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts Junior Portfolio Reader. 2004-5.

   University of Oregon:

  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Host Institution Steering

Committee for 2005 Biennial Conference.

  • Writing 122 College Composition II Curriculum Committee/Pilot Project.  2004. 
  • Composition Program Grammar Handbook Selection Committee.  2004
  • Assistant Director of Composition.  2003-2004.
  • Coordinator, University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference.  September 2003.
  • Composition Committee.  2002-2003.
  • Shop Steward.  Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Union. 2001-2004.


  • 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Celebration, Organizing Committee Summer 2013-present
  • Glory Hole Garden Evaluation Team, 2012-2013.
  • Discovery Southeast, Board Member.  2010-2013.
  • Poetry in the Parks, Juneau City and Bureau Program, Organizing Committee. 2009.
  • Bike to Work Week, Co-coordinator. 2006-2009.
  • Salmon Watch Volunteer.  Oregon Trout, Western Oregon Region.  2002-2004. 
  • Books to Prisoners, Seattle WA. Volunteer.  1998-2000. 
  • Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, WA.  Intern. Summer 1997.


  • Seminar on Writing Across the Disciplines with Dr. John Gage. University of Oregon. Invited participant. Winter 2003.
  • Teaching Effectiveness Program, Classroom Observation.  University of Oregon.  Winter 2002.  
  • Composition Instructor Training Series. University of Oregon.  Winter-Fall 2001.

Sol Neely

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 796-6411 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 208

Juneau Campus

Alice Taff

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Phone: 796-6405 Second Phone: Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Linguistics, 1999, University of Washington. 
     Dissertation title: Phonetics and phonology of Unangan (Eastern Aleut) intonation.

M.A. Linguistics, 1992, University of Washington.

M.A.T. Elementary education, 1972, University of Louisville

B.A. Humanities, 1968,  University of Louisville.

Current Research and Recent Publications

Deg Xinag  (Deg Xit’an, Deg Hit’an, or Ingalik, international code = ing)

       Deg Xiyan’ Xidhoy: Stories from Just Around Here

     Deg Xinag Ałixi Ni’elyoy: The local language is gathered together. Online audio learners' dictionary.

Tlingit (international code = tli)
  Tlingit Conversation Documentation

Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language, international code = ale) 
  Unangam Tunuu conversations 50 hours of conversation videos.

Lance (X̱’unei) A Twitchell

Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Phone: 796-6114 Fax: 907-796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, Rm 206

Juneau Campus

  • MFA, Creative Writing (2010)--University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • BA, English & Minor in American Indian Studies (2007)--University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tlingit Immersion Camps--University of Alaska Southeast & Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Certification, Village Management Institute--Sheldon Jackson College

Language and Culture Documentation (YouTube):

Tlingit Language Blog:

Literary Publications:

  • “When the Heart Skips a Beat,” and “Sable Voices” poems, published in Ice Box (2010).
  • “Nanook Sweats,” “Release, Definition: Trickster,” “Ode to Tlingit, Yellow Hair Takes the Fat and We Lament His Seedy Departure,” and “Dark Skin and Betraying Uncle,” poems, published in Yellow Medicine Review (Spring, 2009).
  • “The Saving Son,” a short story, published in Tidal Echoes literary magazine (Spring, 2007).
  • Tlingit Dictionary: Northern Dialect, self-published 2005

Writing, Editorial and Administrative Experience:

  • Column Author, Juneau Empire (2012). Contribute a bi-weekly column on Alaska Native Languages & Studies, as well as a “Tlingit Words of the Week” series.
  • Blog Author, Huffington Post (2012). Contribute periodic blog entries to the “Education”, “College”, and “Politics” sections.
  • Tlingit Culture & Language Consultant, Perseverance Theatre (2012). Assisted with development of Defenders of Alaska Native Country by Ishmael Hope.
  • Study Guide Author, Tlingit Language Consultant, & Poetry Editor, Vivian Faith Prescott (2009–2010). Reviewed and consulted on poetry and use of Tlingit language in the collection Ax̱ L'óot' Doogú: Hide of my Tongue.
  • Tlingit Language & Culture Consultant, Musician, Dugout (2011). Assisted with the development of the film Dugout by consulting on content, translating Tlingit, and soundscaping the film.
  • Fiction Reader, Poetry Reader, Web Consultant, Permafrost Literary Magazine (2008–2009). Reviewed and critiqued submissions and consulted editors and assistant editors on developing web content.
  • Graphic Design Consultant, 40 Below: A Journal about Writing and Teaching (2009). Assisted editors with layout of multimedia magazine contents.
  • Assistant Tribal Administrator, Organized Village of Kasaan (2005–2007).  Worked to improve operational capacity and economic development for OVK, Managed the computer network in Kasaan, developed forms, and worked with committees to develop a Strategic Plan, Organizational Charts, and Policies and Procedures for Administration and Finance.
  • Tribal Administrator, Skagway Traditional Council (1999–2005). Worked with Native community to develop a Tribal Council, built administrative capacity of the Tribe to deliver Tribal Programs and to manage multiple grant programs & projects,
    and oversaw the construction of a 5,000 square foot facility that was the first Native owned community structure in over a hundred years in the Skagway area.
  • Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska Southeast.
    Teaching:  AKL105 & 106: Elementary Tlingit I & II, AKL205: Intermediate Tlingit I, AKL241: Alaska Native  Oratory, AKL397: Placenames among  the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska, AKL497: Teaching  Alaska Native  Languages,  AKL497: Alaska Native  Language Revitalization, ANTH200/493: Alaska Native  Cultures, and ANTH475: Alaska Native  Social Change.  Directing  the Alaska Native  Language  program, which  includes supervision of all Alaska Native  Languages  adjunct professors, and developing the Alaska Native  Studies Program at UAS. Faculty  Advisor for Alaska Native  Studies.
  • Northwest Coast Formline Design Instructor, Jinéit Art Academy.
    Teaching community workshops sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute that teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast Formline Design, with special focus on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian styles, crests, and cultures.
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010 - 2011).
    Taught ENGL111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL213: Academic Writing about Natural & Social Sciences, ENGL271: Introduction to Creative Writing—Fiction, and ENGL314: Technical Writing.
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010).
    Taught Introduction to ART104: Introduction to Drawing (Northwest Coast Native Art) and team-taught Introduction to Alaska Native Languages with Allan Hayton.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007–2010).
    Taught the following courses: ENLG111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL 211: Academic Writing about Literature, and ENGL213: Academic Writing about Social and Natural Sciences.
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009 & 2010).
    Worked with Staff and community members to develop a language curriculum and initiate classes at the community level and within the band office. Worked individually with a language apprentice on acquisition, teaching skills, and as a consultant for cultural projects. Coordinated Tlingit language immersion camps in 2006 & 2010.
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007 & 2010).
    Worked under Richard Dauenhauer and Alice Taff to develop materials for the Intermediate Tlingit language program, including an update of verb diagram charts, development of verb analysis worksheets, and development of multimedia sentence analysis materials. Worked on Tlingit language videos entering transcriptions and translations of recorded fluent speakers.
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004–07).
    Coordinated community courses in the Tlingit language for adults and children.
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-2011)
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007-2010)
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007, 2010)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Dzánt’iki Héeni Middle School (2007)
  • Actor & Tlingit Language Teacher, Perseverance Theatre (2007)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004-2007)

Native Names:

       Xh’unei (Tlingit)

       Du Aaní Kawdinook (Tlingit)

       Kh’eijáakw (Haida)

 Current Projects:

  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Column, Juneau Empire
  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Entries, Huffington Post
  • Northwest Coast Native design projects
  • Alaska Native Modern Art projects
  • For the Love of Our Grandchildren: Tlingit Language & Knowledge Bearers, a film
  • Never Forgotten: The Story of Tlingit Veteran’s of Combat, a film
  • Beneath the Foot of the Sun, a book of poetry
  • Raven Speak, a play
  • Pebbles from the Beach, a screenplay
  • Coyote’s Song, a novel
  • Lingít Language Curriculum (2nd edition)
  • Tlingit Language Documentation, Transcription, & Translation

Professional Awards & Service

  • Top 40 Under 40, The Alaska Journal of Commerce award for up-and-coming leaders who
    demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center Language Advisory Committee Member.
  • Moment of Birth, giclée print—entry, 2012 Celebration Juried Art Show.
  • Commissioned artist for Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska (2010-12).
  • Commissioned artist for 2010 Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Tribal Leaders
  • Raven and the Beauty of the Eagle Spirit, giclée print—third place, Celebration Juried Art Show
  • 2010 Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award from Native Alaskan Business
    Leaders at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in acknowledgement of support for Alaskan
    Native and rural Alaskan students.
  • 2009 Alaska Native Visionary Award from the Alaska Native Heritage Month Committee in
    acknowledgement of artistic and cultural contributions to the Native community.
  • 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • Recipient of a 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • “A Voice in the Dusk: Language and the Modern Day Warrior,” essay—third place, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2009).
  • “In a Backstroke of Pedals,” short story—second place, University of Alaska Farthest North Fiction Contest (Spring, 2009).
  • Xíxhch’, giclée print—third place, Fairbanks Arts Association Digital Media Art Contest (January, 2009).
  • Du Xoonx’í Yán, Dleit Geedí, giclée print—winner, Alaska Native Heritage Month Art Showcase (November, 2008).
  • “Kids in Schizophrenia,” memoir—winner, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2008).
  • George McDaniel Writing Fund (2008–2009).
  • Logo design & web design for Southeast Alaska Tribal Department of Transportation
  • Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship in Creative Writing (1998).
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (1998).
  • University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (1998).

Forest J Wagner

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies

Phone: 796-6361 Fax: 907-796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, 208

Juneau Campus

TWR 12:00-2:00 p.m. (may vary due to field schedule)

Outdoor Leadership Sequence (ODS 243, 244, & 245); ODS 116, Intro to Rock Climbing; ODS 117, Intro to Ice Climbing; ODS 205, Backcountry Navigation & Travel; ODS 221, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue; ODS 222, Mountaineering

Forest has been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program since 2006.  Forest works in the off season as a mountain guide, and is also a graduate student in northern studies at UAF.  He is most interested in human narrative, northern identity, and sense of place.

Emily Wall

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6113 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 213

Juneau Campus

Teague Whalen

Assistant Professor of English & Communication

Phone: 228-4514 Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 513

Ketchikan Campus

M.F.A., Northern Michigan University; B.A., University of Michigan. Teague Whalen specializes in creative writing, composition, communication, and literature.

Raised by two passionate educators and two feisty younger sisters, Teague quickly learned that summers meant time to travel America's blue highways and to romp through small towns and national forests by bicycle, canoe, skis, and foot, followed by nights spent sleeping in a tent and usually with close friends in tow. Teague's college teaching ventures have transformed the classroom into kitchens, lakes, mountain tops, and tents when he was a Lecturer I for the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program for two spring terms in rural Maine. While a teaching fellow for Northern Michigan University, he pioneered an outdoor ecocomposition course in the wild Upper Peninsula (U.P.). When he could no longer "Say yeah to the U.P., eh?" he wondered how Alaska compared to the great-lake state. Used to two-tracks and lakes, pine-riddled hills, and weather that could change any minute, he found his mother was right (as a good mother tends to be) when she said that Alaska was like the U.P. on steroids. He has not been disappointed yet, and when he finds Ketchikan raining too much, he keeps his fingers busy composing lofty poems of a bluer heart or stories of longing for a drier hue. When that doesn't work, he takes up his axe planed out of Sitka spruce and gets down to picking away the steel strings in search of a cloudy love song.

Liz Zacher

Assistant Professor, Art

Phone: 747-7710


Arts and Sciences Department

Sitka Campus

Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723


Arts and Sciences Department

Sitka Campus

Richard F. Simpson

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Phone: 796-6437 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, Rm. 206

Juneau Campus

William Elliott

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 796-6419


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, WB 208

Juneau Campus

Emeritus Faculty

Art Petersen

Professor of English, Emeritus

Phone: N/A


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Susan Koester

Professor of Communication, Emeritus

Phone: 796-6405 Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Doctorate of Philosophy in Speech Communication with emphasis in Intercultural Studies and Women's Studies, Union Institute, 1985.

Master of Arts in Speech Communications, San Diego State University, 1975.

Bachelor of Arts (with Honors and Distinction in Communication), San Diego State University, June 1972.

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