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New Faculty Hires Start to start Fall 2011 Semester

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Heidi Pearson will be joining the UAS faculty in Fall 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Biology.  Heidi received her B.S. in Anthropology and Anatomy with Distinction from Duke University in 1998.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2008 from Texas A & M.  She has a strong background in teaching, and is currently a lecturer at Stony Brook University.  She will be teaching a wide variety of courses, and intends to involve undergraduates in her research.

Dr. Lee Graham is the School of Education’s choice as new Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. She has her doctorate in Educational Technology from Mississippi State University. She comes to UAS most recently from the University of Missouri Kansas City where she was the Instructional Designer of eLearning.

Jason Amundson has accepted an offer as Assistant Professor of Physics.  Jason is currently in a post-doc at the University of Chicago.  He earned is PhD in Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is active in researching glacial calving, glacial seismology, and subglacial processes. He has previously worked on both the Taku and Mendenhall Glaciers.  Jason, his wife, and new baby will be relocating this summer. Jason’s wife is an artist.

Glenn Wright will be joining UAS as Assistant Professor of Political Science.  He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Colorado.  Glenn also has an Alaska background: his BA is from UAF, he has an MAT from UAS, and he completed the legislative internship while he was an undergraduate.  Glenn has an interest in studying public goods provision and common pool resource management, decentralization and local governance, and forestry policy, among other things.  Glenn has done research in Central and South America and speaks Spanish fluently.  Glenn and his wife, an attorney, will be moving to Juneau at the end of the summer.

Lance Twitchell has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages. Twitchell completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks last summer.  Lance has many years of experience developing curricula and in teaching Tlingit language and English composition.  He is also a published author of poetry, short stories, and a dictionary of Tlingit Language.  His teaching demonstration showcased his mastery of multiple teaching techniques and was very well received by UAS students.


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