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Megan Buzby

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 796-6240


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 231, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


B.A. 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.

President Elect

Robin Gilcrist

Assistant Professor and Program Head, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6141


Career Education: Construction

Technical Education Center, TEC 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ms. Gilcrist was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she received an Associates of Arts in drafting Technology. Robin moved to Hawaii in the early eighties and completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii before leaving for Alaska. Ms. Gilcrist has worked as a drafter and designer since 1980 in California, Hawaii and Alaska, working for large architectural firms as well as small construction businesses. Since moving to Juneau in the fall of 1993 she has been working full-time designing custom homes, remodels and additions. Ms. Gilcrist owns her own residential design business, Interline Design. She also is actively involved in creating affordable housing through volunteer work with Housing First and Habitat for Humanity.

Business/PADM Senator

Julie Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6101Second Phone:


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 109, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science - Accounting

University of Alaska Southeast, Master of Business Administration


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants

Courses Taught

ACCT 100 Recordkeeping for Small Businesses

ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting

ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting

ACCT 310 Income Tax for Individuals

ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting I

ACCT 312 Intermediate Accounting II

BA 160 Principles of Banking



Harold T. Caven Professorship

UAS Faculty Excellence in Service


Certified Public Accountant (Alaska)

Chartered Global Management Accountant

Work Experience

Arthur Young, Phoenix, AZ, College Intern

Deloitte & Touche, Seattle, WA, Staff - Audit & Tax

Elgee, Rehfeld & Mertz, CPAs, Juneau, Staff - Audit & Tax

Wolfe & Hamilton, CPAs, Juneau, Owner

Juneau Youth Services, Juneau, Director of Finance

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Juneau, Controller

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Juneau, Chief Financial Officer

Career Education Senator

Susie Feero

Associate Professor, Health Information Management

Phone: 747-9477Second Phone:


Career Education: Health Sciences

Sitka Campus


B.A. University of Hawaii - Hilo

M.Ed. University of Alaska Southeast

Education Senator

Alberta Jones

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6481


School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101G, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.Ed.   -University of Alaska, Anchorage

M.A. & B.Ed. - University of Alaska, Southeast


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

Humanities Senator

Nina Chordas

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6407Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Library Senator

Jonas Lamb

Associate Professor of Library Science, Public Services Librarian

Phone: 796-6440


Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 202, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.F.A., Creative Writing & Literary Arts: Poetry, University of Alaska Anchorage (in progress)

M.S., Library and Information Sciences, Drexel University (2008)

B.A., General Studies, University of Michigan (2003)


American Library Association, member

Association of College and Research Libraries, member

Alaska Library Association, member

American Association of University Professors, member

Courses Taught

Humanities 120

Humanities 491- One Campus, One Book Internship (org supervisor)

Library and Information Literacy Instruction in Natural Sciences and Health Sciences courses

Library and Information Literacy Instruction in Humanities and Education courses (interim)


When not juggling work, kids, poems, and 100 year old houses, Jonas enjoys skiing, softball, hockey, hiking, kayaking and turning the up the volume.


  • One Campus One Book Committee, Co-chair 
  • First Year Experience Committee 2015-Present
  • Library Liaison to School of Career Education and Natural Sciences Department.
  • Interim Library Liaison to School of Education (Summer Only)
  • Interim Library Liaison to Humanities Department (AY16-17)

Natural Sciences Senator

Sonia A. Nagorski

Assistant Professor of Geology

Phone: 796-6580Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 227, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ph.D. Geology, 2001, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

M.S. Geology, 1997, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

B.A. Geology and History, 1994, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Curriculum Vitae


Environmental geochemistry, including:

  • Trace metal occurrence and dynamics in hydrological systems, including water, sediment, and biota
  • Atmospheric mercury deposition and cycling
  • Water quality assessment and monitoring

Courses Taught

  • Geology 104: Physical Geology
  • Geology 105: Geological History of Life
  • Geology 301: Geomorphology
  • Geology 320: Geological Resources and the Environment
  • Environmental Science/Geography 213: Natural Hazards
  • Environmental Science 375: Current Topics: The Anthropocene
  • Environmental Science/Geography 102: Earth and Environment
  • Humanities 120: Alaska: A Sense of Place
  • Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience

Social Sciences Senator

Lora E Vess

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences

Phone: 796-6152Fax: 796-6152


Juneau Campus Senator

Heather L Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6029Fax: 796-6550


School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, Rm. 106, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.A., Ph.D. - University of Central Florida

B.A. - University of Florida

Ketchikan Campus Senator

Teague Whalen

Associate Professor of English & Communication

Phone: 228-4514Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 513, Ketchikan Campus

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.

Sitka Campus Senator

Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Sitka Campus


B.S., B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder

Past President

Lisa Hoferkamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 796-6538Fax: 796-6447


Arts and Sciences - Natural 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

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