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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.

Kate Govaars

Arts & Sciences Outreach Advisor

Phone: 228-4561 Fax: 225-3624


Student Success Center

Ziegler Bldg, Room 203C

Ketchikan Campus


M.A. Professional Higher Education Administration
University of Connecticut

B.A. International Relations, Spanish
Georgia Southern University


I love working in the collegiate environment.  Throughout the past 10 years, I have worked in various aspects of student services mentoring and advising students to graduate successfully and become capable leaders in their communities.  Prior to moving to Ketchikan and taking on the role of Outreach Advisor at UAS, I was working in Portland, OR at Lewis & Clark College managing the collegiate outdoor recreation program.  I trained student leaders to guide their peers on outdoor excursions and led many of my own from day hikes to overnight whitewater rafting trips.  Prior to Lewis & Clark, I served as a Resident Director at Reed College where I managed residence halls and served on an on-call crisis management team.  While my career has taken me across the country, I never cease to be inspired by the students I encounter.  I learn so much from each of the students we serve.  The vibrancy and eagerness of the student population (both traditional and non) has made me love working in higher education.

Outside of the work-realm, I am an avid outdoors-woman with a love of biking and kayaking and more recently stand-up paddleboarding with our dog Lola.

Gail Klein

Student Services Manager, Title IX Resource Staff

Phone: 228-4508 Fax: 225-3624


Ziegler Bldg, Room 203D

Ketchikan Campus


B.B.A, University of Alaska Fairbanks


I've loved living in Alaska since I first arrived here at the tender age of 2.  I've been blessed to see much of the state having lived in Chugiak, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Ketchikan.  The beauty and serenity of this special place we live (even with the large amounts of rain) is inspiring.  After graduating from a little Alaskan high school (we had a graduating class of 18 students) I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating with a BA in Business Administration in 1990.  I 've had the pleasure of working with college students for over twenty years and I am inspired by the perseverance of our students as well as the power of education to help students change their lives for the better.


Advising contact for transfer, nursing, social work, elementary education and business students.

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

William Urquhart’s recent doctoral dissertation on school violence and bullying includes ethnographic and statistical studies at a remote Western Alaska village and at an inner-city high school in pre-Katrina New Orleans.  This work emphasizes the importance of social account conversations in defining peer group norms for retaliation in disadvantaged areas, and will soon be published in book form as a monograph.  His other research interests include Alaskan social problems such as alcoholism and domestic violence, and organizational behavior perspectives on workplace violence.  Currently, he is investigating the effect of climatic temperature variation on seasonal domestic violence rate cycles in northern states.  He enjoys teaching distance education classes, and some of his course offerings include Theory and Research in Criminology, Social Psychology, and Alaska Social Problems; Deviant Behavior, Organizational Behavior, and Environmental Sociology.


Bill was born and raised in Ketchikan, following four generations of Alaska commercial fishermen, prospectors, and pioneer women.  His interest in sociology was piqued through his early experiences commercial fishing with his family, where he observed social change affecting the organizational structure of the industry.  Since returning to Alaska from New Orleans in 2002 for dissertation research, Bill has lived in several areas of the state, including time working as an educator and wrestling coach in Western Alaska and in Fairbanks. 

In addition to serving as an instructor at UAS, Bill is an independent consultant to several Alaska school districts, working with student information systems and federal and state data reporting.  Bill also plays the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes; he is the Lead Bagpiper with Ketchikan’s Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums, and also performs at select solo engagements.  Bill enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Frankie, a science teacher in Ketchikan, and their small children, Liam, Neila, and Torran.


Advising contact for all distance-based students in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.

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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