Sitka Faculty are Chosen for their Experience
Before they became teachers and researchers, most Sitka faculty members worked as practitioners in their chosen fields.
David Sexton, Justice Professor
"I started, fresh out of high school, with a two-year degree in law enforcement. From there I went on to a bachelors and a masters degree.
To get into law enforcement, there's a waiting period. You have to be 21 to join this field. When you graduate from high school, you're 18. What are you going to do with those 3 years? You can work in fast food, you can work in fishing ... or you can get yourself this two-year degree.
So by the time you are 21 you have a background ... you are ready to be hired. You can talk intelligently, you can test intelligently. Law enforcement is not an easy profession to break into. There are usually many more applicants than there are openings. You have to do something to rise to the top of the pile ... having a degree is one way to do that."
Cheryl Stromme, Student Success Advisor
"We are here to help students, wherever you live."
Liz Zacher, Art Professor
"I went to college at the University of Hartford, primarily to start as a psychology major. I was really interested in the realm of art therapy. And I did research and found that most of the art therapy programs required a degree in psychology and also in fine art ... but I had no idea where to start.
So I focused on my psychology degree and dabbled in art. Once I came to ceramics, my life kind of changed! It was also at a point in my pursuit of a degree in psychology that I was working on my thesis project ... I had been working with kids that had dealt with some bad life situations. I came to a crossroads in my professional path - realizing I'm a very sensitive person, and hearing about the abuse that a lot of these kids had gone through - it was super challenging for me. And I said, "there's no way I'm going to be able to be a psychologist, I'll be crying all the time."
So it was very convenient to have ceramics come into my life at that point. It was an amazing community of artists, and I just fell in love. I knew then, that was my focus."
Paul Bahna, M.D. - Medical Assisting professor
"Doctors rely on medical assistants to do multiple tasks in the medical office.
- Medical assistants are in many ways the face of health care -- often the first and last person the patient sees when they make an office visit.
- Medical assistants take the medical histories of patients, providing doctors with helpful and thorough information about the past treatment, ongoing problems, family history, and current medications that a patient is taking.
- Medical assistants do triage -- documenting the medical complaint and assessing what is needed through observation and direct contact with the patient.
- Medical assistants help doctors by taking vital signs, EKG, basic lab tests
- Medical assistants help educate the patient about medications the doctor has prescribed, and guide them on the road to recovery.
- Finally — and also very important — medical assistants are trained to be efficient and accurate medical office workers as well … handling patient records with understanding and insight, working in reception or on the phone, processing paper work efficiently, reporting accurately to insurance companies, and being able to explain the complicated language of health care bills to our patients!
In my view as a former medical director at hospitals and public health centers, medical assistants are an important part of the family of medical care professionals. I'm proud of the Medical Assisting program here at UAS.”