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UAS Celebrates Recent Faculty Promotions and Tenure

It is with great pride that the University of Alaska Southeast announces the recent promotion and/or tenure of our esteemed faculty. Please join UAS as we congratulate them.

Dr. Jason Amundson has been promoted to Associate Professor of Geophysics with tenure in the Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau Campus. Dr. Amundson holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a B.S. in Geology and Geological Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Reid Brewer has been promoted to Professor of Fisheries Technology with tenure in the School of Career Education on the UAS Sitka Campus. Dr. Brewer holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.S. in Environmental Science/Systems Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point. He recently received the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.

Susie Feero has been promoted to Associate Professor of Health Information Management with tenure in the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Career Education on the UAS Sitka campus. Associate Professor Feero holds a M.Ed. from the University of Alaska Southeast and a B.B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

Robin Gilcrist has been promoted to Associate Professor of Construction Technology with tenure in the School of Career Education on the UAS Juneau campus. Associate Professor Gilcrist holds a B.A. in Art from the University of Hawaii, and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is as a licensed State of Alaska Contractor with a Residential Endorsement; is an accredited AutoCAD certified user, and is certified to teach National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum.

Leslie Gordon has been promoted to Professor of Health Information Management in the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Career Education on the UAS Sitka campus. Professor Gordon holds a B.A. and M.S. in Health Information Management from the College of Saint Scholastica, and holds two professional certificates from The American Health Information Management Association. She recently received the Faculty Excellence Award in Faculty Advising.

Maren Haavig has been promoted to Associate Professor of Accounting with tenure in the Department of Business & Public Administration in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau campus. Associate Professor Haavig holds a B.A. from Western Washington University and a M.P.A. and B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Ernestine Hayes has been promoted to Associate Professor of English with tenure in the Department of Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau campus. Associate Professor Hayes holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a B.L.A in Communication from the University of Alaska Southeast. She was also awarded the 2017 Alaska Writer Laureate.

Dr. Kevin Krein has been promoted to Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau Campus. Dr. Krein holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Willamette University.

Jonas Lamb has been promoted to Associate Professor of Library Science with tenure in the Egan Library on the UAS Juneau campus. Associate Professor Lamb holds a B.A. in General Studies from the University of Michigan, and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University, and is currently seeking a M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literary Arts: Poetry from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Jon Martin, Assistant Professor of Biology on the UAS Sitka campus, has been granted tenure. Assistant Professor Martin holds a B.S. in Molecular & Microbiology from Washington State University/Portland State University and a M.S. in Biology from Portland State University. He is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Dr. Amanda Sesko has been promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology with tenure in the Department of Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau Campus. Dr. Sesko holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Social Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Dr. Heidi Pearson has been promoted to Associate Professor of Marine Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau Campus. Dr. Pearson holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University.

Dr. Glenn Wright has been promoted to Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau campus. Associate Professor Wright holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and M.A and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Tim Powers, Sr. has been promoted to Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Business and Public Administration in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Juneau Campus. Professor Powers obtained a M.S. in Information Technology Management with distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Dr. Bill Urquhart II has been promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences on the UAS Ketchikan campus. Associate Professor Urquhart holds a B.S. in Sociology from Oregon State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University.

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509
Email: klcampbell4@alaska.edu


Low Cost, Non-Credit Options for UAS Alaska Native Language & Arts Classes

Community members interested in studying Alaska Native languages or Northwest Coast arts at UAS, but who are not interested in academic credit, can now pay a modest fee to participate in classroom instruction. Classes begin August 28.

Included are beginning and intermediate classes in Tlingit language, taught by Ḵaagwáaskʼ (Ishmael Hope) and Du Aaní Kawdinook Xh'unei (Lance Twitchell). Northwest Coast Arts Design will be offered by Abel Ryan. Xeetli.éesh (Lyle James) will be teaching drum-making. A notable addition to the faculty this year is Artist in Residence Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin), from Sitka, whose classes will also be a part of this special offer for community members.

The course fee is $75 per equivalent credit hour (other fees may also apply). By paying this fee, the participant understands that no academic credit is provided and the course cannot be applied toward any degree.

For full details and to register, contact the UAS Admissions Office at (907) 796-6100 or register in person at the One Stop. Novatney Building, second floor, UAS Auke Lake Campus, 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801.

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509
Email: klcampbell4@alaska.edu


University of Alaska Southeast Renews Partnership with Nationally Acclaimed Perseverance Theatre

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has renewed its partnership with Perseverance Theatre for the upcoming academic year. The agreement maintains a longstanding cultural and educational partnership that enriches student life and helps support Alaska’s only professional theatre. Previous agreements have supported UAS students both appearing on stage and working behind the scenes, and have included special opportunities for Alaska Native students.

The new agreement features two “UAS Night @ Perseverance Theatre” events and guest artist visits to university classes. As in past years, Perseverance Theatre will also provide opportunities for students to participate in practicum experiences and internships. The theatre is also working to provide time and space in its Black Box — also referred to as Second Stage — for theatre students and extracurricular performing groups to be mentored by Perseverance actors and staff.

Dr. Paula Martin, UAS Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences, commented that “I'm pleased to see the continuing partnership between Perseverance Theatre and UAS. Theatre experience, whether for a major in the Humanities or in the Sciences, can have a profound impact on a student's future. Performing in a public setting is something professionals of all sorts do, from scientists to business leaders, often in a high-stakes setting. Theatre provides students a stage for that sort of experience. Our students will be well-served by this opportunity.”

University funding for the Memorandum of Agreement is supported in part by the UAS Connie Boochever Endowment for the Arts which was established by a gift from Judge Robert Boochever in 2006 and named in honor of his wife to support arts and theatre programming at UAS.

The “UAS Night” event is a pay-as-you-can opportunity in which UAS students, faculty, staff, and members of UAS Alumni & Friends can attend designated Mainstage Performances at a reduced cost. Held twice during the academic year, these performances feature discussions with actors and theatre staff either before or after the event. To encourage student attendance, UAS will coordinate transportation from the Auke Lake Campus to the theatre in Douglas for both events. The names and dates of these performances will be announced later this month.

Learn about theatre and other creative arts classes as part of the UAS Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program by speaking to an advisor at 796-6100, or by visiting the UAS Admissions website.

Links: Theatre Information

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509
Email: klcampbell4@alaska.edu



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