2014 - 2015 FACULTY SENATE MEMBERS
*Please see Article III of the constitution for information concerning membership
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Outdoor Studies
Arts and Sciences - Humanities
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.
|Career Education Senator|
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, Outreach Services Librarian
M.L.I.S., University of Hawaii (2001)
A.L.B., Harvard University (1995)
Librarian Liaison to Education and Management.
|Natural Sciences Senator|
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Adams State College, CO. M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics, Colorado State University, CO.
Megan started at UAS in Fall 2009. In addition to teaching mathematics, probability, and statistics, she is interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Her research interests include applications of probability modeling, in particular with respect to ecology and biology, as well as numerical and error analyses.
Outside of academics, Megan enjoys most things active and done with friends. At the top of the current list is trail running, volleyball, and Latin dancing. When time allows, she also enjoys cooking & baking, watching movies, and catching (& gutting) fish.
|Social Sciences Senator|
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 796-6436 , Fax: 796-6406
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences
Psychology (2011); Minor in Quantitative Psychology (2008), University of
My research focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and social judgment with an emphasis on intersections of social categories (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity). In my primary line of work I investigate the effects of prototypical standards of race and gender on social perceptions and judgments of individuals. Specifically I am interested in understanding the processes and outcomes of invisibility as a unique form of discrimination that may characterize groups that do not fit race and gender prototypes – e.g., Black women (Sesko & Biernat, 2010). My work thus far has documented such invisibility, conceptualized as a lack of individuation of or lack of differentiation among group members. Invisibility is evident in perceivers’ treatment of Black women (or similarly situated groups) as interchangeable and indistinguishable, such that their individual voices and faces go unnoticed and unheard, relative to White women, Black men, and White men. My dissertation and current line of research focuses on the antecedents (e.g., non-prototypicality, low power, low numerical status), and consequences of invisibility, and in particular strategies to reduce invisibility.
In some other lines of research I focus on evidentiary standards of judgment, particularly of racism, the language people use to talk about members of stereotyped groups, and interpreters’ translation of this language (Biernat & Sesko, under review), and behavioral indicators of compensatory stereotyping, or tradeoffs between “warmth” and “competence” in evaluations of members of stereotyped groups (Biernat, Sesko, & Amo, 2009). All of these areas reflect my interest in understanding the processes by which stereotypes guide judgment and behavior toward individual members of stereotyped groups. I have additional interests in the study of close relationships, and have examined the role of attachment style on lying and authenticity in relationships (Gillath, Sesko, Shaver, & Chen, 2010) as well as relationship-related regrets (Schoemann, Gillath, & Sesko, under review). I am also a member of the Consortium for Police Leadership and Equity (CPLE; see http://cple.psych.ucla.edu/), a group that brings together police chiefs and social scientists to discuss how social science can inform real-world problems of racial profiling, immigration, and organizational equity. My work with CPLE has focused on organizational equity, and how to assess and improve equity in terms of gender and race representation within police departments.
As a new member of the faculty here at UAS, I am excited to bring my passion and excitement for the field of psychology both in the classroom and to undergraduate research! In my spare time when I am not teaching, analyzing data, or writing, I enjoy running, hiking, camping, and yoga. I am also a huge fan of my dog Shera (the “Princess of Power”).
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
|Juneau Campus Senator|
|Ketchikan Campus Senator|
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks; M.S. in Statistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Colleen began working at the UAS Ketchikan Campus in 2006. She teaches Math 105, Math 107, Math 108, Math 200 and Stat 273.
Outside of academics, Colleen enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing and skiijoring with her dog.
|Sitka Campus Senator|