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Robin Gilcrist

Associate Professor and Program Head of 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.

President Elect

Heather L Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6033Fax: 796-6550


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, Rm. 106, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


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

B.A. - University of Florida

Past President

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.


Dr. Buzby started at UAS in Fall 2009. She enjoys teaching a range of courses from beginning algebra, calculus, and upper division mathematics, as well as courses in probability and statistics. In addition to teaching, Dr. Buzby’s research interests include interdisciplinary applications in physics, ecology, and biology; probability modeling and the Monte Carlo method; and numerical and error analysis.

Outside the office, Megan enjoys most things active and done with friends. She is also the stepmom to three kids ages 9 - 17 that do their best to keep her on her toes ;-)

Business/PADM Senator

Julie Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6101Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


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

Justin Fantasia

Assistant Professor, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6132


Career Education: Construction

Technical Education Center, Rm. 206, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education Senator

Alberta Jones

Associate Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6481


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101G, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


2018: Ph. D. Indigenous Studies, Research emphasis, U. of Alaska Fairbanks

2007: Master of Education, Educational Leadership K-12, U. of Alaska Anchorage

2006: Master of Education, Ed. Technology emphasis, U. of Alaska Southeast

1988: Bachelor of Education, Elementary with Natural Sciences emphasis, U. of Alaska Juneau


2010-Current: Associate Professor (tenure track), Elementary Education-UAS Alaska College of Education

2007-2010: Adjunct faculty UAS Juneau

2008-2010: Elementary teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, MD (Highland View ES-5th grade, Sligo Creek ES-2nd grade, long term sub nearly all year)

2005-2008: Federal Grant Coordinator, Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP) grants, including summer Native Science camp coordinator with the grants, Juneau, AK

2003-2009: 2015 Summer Camp Cultural Coordinator, Alaska Native Wisdom Enrichment Retreat (ANSWER) Camp-Sitka and Nenana (Western Science, Native knowledge)

1988-2000: Elementary (Auke Bay ES and Glacier Valley ES) and Middle School Classroom Teacher (Language Arts, Social Studies and Science - (Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School)

2000-2005: Middle School Physical Education Teacher (Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School)

1995-2004: Middle School Coach (competitive and intramural basketball, volleyball and track & field, Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School). 


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Humanities Senator

Richard F. Simpson

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies BA Coordinator

Phone: 796-6437Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm. 212, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Library Senator

Jonas Lamb

Associate Professor of Library and Information 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 (2018)

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

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


Lamb, J. (2018). “Let’s begin at the end: How a campus bookstore closure set the wheels in motion for a hybrid OER project” in Kristi Jensen & Shane Nackerud [Eds.], The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services. 

Lamb, J. (2018). What Turtle Blood Tastes Like (Unpublished masters thesis). University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska.


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, Chair (AY15-Present), Co-Chair (AY13-AY14) 
  • UAS Alt-Textbook and Open Educational Resources Project coordinator (AY15-Present)
  • First Year Experience Committee (AY15-Present)
  • Library Liaison to School of Career Education and Natural Sciences Department. (AY13-Present)
  • Interim Library Liaison to School of Education (Summer Semester Only)
  • Interim Library Liaison to Humanities Department (AY16, Fall)

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: 796-6406


Juneau Campus Senator

Kathy DiLorenzo

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6418Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 133, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Idaho State University MPA –2004
Idaho State University BS Political Science – 2001 


Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.

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

Joel A. Markis

Assistant Professor of Fisheries

Phone: 747-7760


Career Education: Fisheries Technology

101H, Sitka Campus


B.S. Montana State University

M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Courses Taught

  • FT S120 Fisheries of Alaska
  • FT S188 Basic Scuba Diving
  • FT S189 Advanced Scuba Diving
  • FT S194 Fisheries Policy Practicum
  • FT S211 Fisheries Management Techniques
  • FT S212 Fisheries Management Techniques Lab
  • FT S122 Alaska Salmon Culture I
  • FT S222 Alaska Salmon Culture II
  • FT S270 Freshwater Ecology
  • FT S272 Fisheries Management, Law and Economics
  • FT S288 Scientific Diving
  • FT S291 Fisheries Technology Internship
  • OCN S101 Introduction to Oceanography


Growing up in Southcentral Alaska, Joel was continuously exposed to the outdoors and fisheries. After graduating from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, he pursued a growing passion for fisheries by attending Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, where he received a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management while honing his skiing and fly fishing skills. This newfound knowledge allowed Joel to work various fisheries jobs all over Alaska, traveling to exotic places all while under the context of 'work.' After spending time in places like Katmai, Aniakchak, Kenai Fjords, Denali, the Tongass, and Wrangell St. Elias he decided to pursue a graduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he used SCUBA to study the nearshore fish and habitat complexity in Kachemak Bay.

Before coming to the UA system, Joel was a research fisheries biologist with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer. While there he studied marine ecology and questions pertaining to fish habitat use in the nearshore environment. Joel also coordinated a nationwide water quality and meteorological monitoring project and worked on a hardshell clam recruitment and growth study focused on determining the timing of spawning, recruitment and growth of pacific littleneck clams.

Joel has been with the Fisheries Technology Program since 2013 when he was an outreach coordinator and adjunct faculty at the Homer campus. In his free time, Joel enjoys backcountry skiing, fishing, sailing, is an avid SCUBA diver and dive instructor, and generally likes spending time outside. He is passionate about teaching and Alaskan fisheries.


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