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Career Planning

Your Advisor can recommend resources which can assist you in beginning to explore your career options as well as discussing campus job opportunities.  Also look to our main campus in Juneau for additional career services tools.

Louie Scott

Arts & Sciences Outreach Advisor

Phone: 228-4565


Student Services

Ziegler Bldg, 203B

Ketchikan Campus

William Urquhart

Associate Professor of Sociology

Phone: 228-4527 Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Paul Bldg, Room 505

Ketchikan Campus


  • Ph.D., MA, Tulane University
  • B.S., Oregon State University


Bill Urquhart teaches courses in sociology, general social science, humanities,  and multicultural education.  As a sociologist, his teaching interests include social problems, deviant behavior, social psychology, education, and criminology, with special focus areas in juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, and social problems relevant to Alaska.  Dr. Urquhart primarily teaches online and serves as the Distance Coordinator for the online Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree program. He is also the Project Director for a Title III grant for Alaska Native Serving Institutions titled "Strengthening Arts & Sciences eLearning Communities."  Dr. Urquhart was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, from a family long involved in commercial fishing.  After graduating high school, he continued on to Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, and eventually to Tulane University, where his PhD focused on bullying and conflict resolution among high school students in New Orleans and in a village in Western Alaska. Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Frankie, who is a high school science teacher, and their four children, Liam, Neila, Torran, and Kinsey.  Bill plays the bagpipes with Ketchikan's Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums, and spends spare time fishing, hunting, and gathering with family.  


Advising contact for all distance-based students in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree

Stephen Florian

Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication

Phone: 907-228-4550


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, 506

Ketchikan Campus


Steve Florian comes to Ketchikan from sunny southern California, where he taught composition, business writing, and academic first year experience classes at California State University Northridge for five years; he also received his MA in Rhetoric and Composition from CSUN. He has also taught composition and critical thinking at Los Angeles Valley College and New York Film Academy. At one time a returning student himself, Steve’s main area of research interest is in retention and persistence among college students. He is currently working on a dissertation in that field through the Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the United States and in Australia, on such diverse topics as protest rhetoric, the rhetoric of surfing, and the commerce of virtue in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews.

Steve was an actor in Los Angeles for many years before joining the ranks of academia. He still enjoys watching movies, as well as fishing, hiking, reading, traveling, and playing tee ball with his wife and young daughter.

Melissa Cruise

Phone: 228-4561


Ziegler Bldg

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. It profiles hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) is designed to help you explore career and educational opportunities in Alaska and throughout the U.S.  Access provides: detailed descriptions of hundreds of occupations; information on over 4,000 accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities and technical schools; information on financial aid including scholarships; and information to assist individuals in their job search.  Contact your Advisor for a username and password if accessing from off campus.

careeronestop is a great source for career exploration and job searches.

The College Board Career Search Offers a description of careers starting with general categories. A 34-question inventory that matches one's temperament, interests, abilities and job characteristics to potential careers will be listed on the site again soon.

Jung Typology Test™ Identifies your personality type with the to discover which career choices and schools are the most suitable for your type.

Birkman Career Style Summary A question inventory that matches responses to interests, style and career options. offers resources for personal assessment, career exploration and college search including a "What can I do with this Major" section.

Career Cruising - Try out the Career Matchmaker to see which occupations match up to your answers. TIP: answer ALL the questions (116), and create a Portfolio to save your results. Email Career Services for Username and Password.

My Next Move is a great website to explore what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.

The mission of the UAS Graduate Studies Program is to prepare graduates who have developed a genuine mastery of a discipline, and who give promise of becoming lifelong learners.

Visit the Distance Education Gateway to learn about degrees offered via distance education from University of Alaska campuses.

Looking for the best graduate schools? Perform a graduate school search at Find the best graduate school for you and apply to one today.

Workplace Alaska All State of Alaska job openings are posted in the new Workplace Alaska.

Jobs at University of Alaska View and apply for jobs with the University of Alaska System allows you to search for jobs and it's packed with free advice about job search basics like résumé and cover letter writing.

ZipRecruiter Find jobs in Ketchikan or across the country as well as job search tips and advice.


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