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New Faculty Join UAS this Fall

The UAS Juneau School of Arts and Sciences welcomes several new faculty.

Jenifer VernonJenifer Vernon, Assistant Professor of Communication
Comes to Juneau from La Jolla, California

Ph.D. in Communication from University of California, San Diego. Dissertation: Making Community with the Deep Communication of Popular Live Poetry in San Diego, California at the Millennium Held positions as teaching assistant at UCSD and University of Oregon; lecturer UCSD

Sarah RaySarah Ray, Assistant Professor of English
Comes to Juneau from Corvallis, Oregon

Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy - Focal Department: English – from University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dissertation: The Ecological Other: Indians, Invalids, and Immigrants in US Environmental Thought and Literature

Held position as instructor with the University of Oregon; discussion leader at University of Oregon and University of Texas, Austin

Sol NeelySol Neely, Assistant Professor of English
Comes to Juneau from West Lafayette, Indiana

Ph.D. from Purdue University in a Philosophy and Literature Interdisciplinary Program. Also completed “with distinction” the Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory Dissertation: Revolutionizing Maieutics: Literary, Philosophical, and Political Pedagogies in a Time of Disaster. Held positions as teaching assistant at UAA; Ph.D. student teacher at Purdue; adjunct faculty at Indiana State University.

Megan BuzbyMegan Buzby, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Comes to Juneau from Fort Collins, Colorado

Ph.D. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Dissertation: Analysis of stochastic models derived from differential equations

Held positions as instructor at Laramie County Community College; grad teaching assistant at Colorado State University; grad research assistant and fellow/research at Colorado State University

Carolyn BergstromCarolyn Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Came to UAS in September 2008 as an International Polar Year Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. received from University of Victoria, British Columbia. Dissertation: Evolution, functional morphology, and asymmetry of predator defense in stickleback Held positions as Directed Studies Coordinator for Bamfield Marine Sciences Center; Postdoc Research Associate at University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and University of Alberta

Emily WallEmily Wall, Assistant Professor of English
Has served at UAS as a term assistant professor and an adjunct since 1997

Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in poetry received from the University of Arizona. Thesis: Toward Juneau – a selection of original poems

Has been a seasonal lecturer at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct instructor at Pima Community College Please note, more new faculty will be featured in future issues of Soundings.


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