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A key element of UAS’ leadership structure is the Provost’s Council which currently meets twice per academic year. This entity consists of academic leaders, including the Provost, Academic Deans, the Library Director, extended Campus Directors, the Registrar, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and the Faculty Senate President. The UAS Provost’s Council serves as a key forum for strategic planning and cross-institutional coordination, supporting the Provost in ensuring the quality of all academic programs and services. It also works to ensure integration of student services, enrollment management, and academic functions across the university.

Executive Provost's Council  is a subset of Provost Council that meets monthly to address academic matters.  The Executive Provost Council consists of the two extended Campus Directors, the Library Director, and the three Academic Deans.

For more information contact the Provost's Office at (907) 796-6147.

Karen Carey

Interim Chancellor

Phone: 796-6509Fax: 796-6469


Chancellor's Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 206, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • Ph.D. School Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • M.S. School Psychology, University of Nevada
  • B.S. Psychology, San Diego State University

Thomas F. Thornton

Dean of Arts & Sciences; Vice Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs

Phone: 907-796-6518Fax: 907-796-6406


Arts and Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Steve Atwater

Executive Dean of the Alaska College of Education

Phone: 907-796-6050


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101B, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Atwater joined UA in Nov. 2014 after five years as superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, where he was named Alaska’s 2013 Superintendent of the Year. Prior to his work for KPBSD, Atwater taught secondary education and served consecutively as head teacher, curriculum coordinator and superintendent for the Lake & Peninsula School District in King Salmon, AK.

Atwater’s experience with the Alaska education system extends to his own professional training, as he earned both his master’s in education and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Pete Traxler

Executive Dean, Career Education; Assistant Professor, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6139


Elise Tomlinson

UAS Library Dean, including the Learning, Testing, & Writing Centers, & the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

Phone: 796-6467


Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


BFA, University of Alaska Anchorage; 
MLIS, University of Hawaii Manoa;
In Progress: MPA, University of Alaska Southeast

Courses Taught

LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy

LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students


Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 30 years.  She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, in 2006, and became the Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012.  In 2016 she also began overseeing the Juneau campus Learning, Testing, and Writing Centers and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Her position title changed to UAS Library Dean in 2018.  Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau.  She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments.  Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!


Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Priscilla Schulte

Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

Phone: 228-4515Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Ketchikan Director's Office

Ziegler Bldg, Room 116A, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Dr. Schulte specializes in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures, sociocultural change, and archaeology of southeast Alaska.


Priscilla Schulte has been teaching on the Ketchikan campus since 1980 and has been teaching distance classes for over ten years. Most of her students are in southeast Alaska, but some are from as far away as Connecticut. Priscilla has taught summer classes on the Juneau campus as well as distance delivery classes by video and audio conference to the Juneau campus. She teaches primarily lower division anthropology and sociology classes, as well as multicultural education classes.

Priscilla started her teaching career by teaching anthropology at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College) now located in Tsaile, Arizona. Her anthropological fieldwork in Arizona and Chicago sparked her interest in completing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. During her years of living and teaching on the Navajo Nation, she began her doctoral work at the University of New Mexico which she completed after her move to Alaska in 1980.

Priscilla’s research and teaching interests are in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures (primarily of southeast Alaska), and Native American culture change. She produced the video, “The Bear Stands Up,” which has aired on public television. Her most recent research has focused on the totem pole carvers of the CCC era. She is an adopted member of the Tongass Brown Bear clan of the Tlingit people. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired and encouraged her in her research and teaching.

One of the most exciting events of Priscilla’s teaching year is the annual fieldtrip coordinated with the Forest Service to do archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork with local Native elders, cultural teachers, and UAS students. The field trips focus on the survey and inventory of important cultural sites located in southern southeast Alaska.

Math Trafton

Interim Director of the Sitka Campus & Associate Professor of English

Phone: 907-747-7723


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Sitka Campus


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S. in Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Courses Taught

  • WRTG 104 Composition Studio
  • WRTG 111 Writing Across Contexts
  • WRTG 211 Writing and the Humanities
  • ENGL 261 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 362 Memoir Writing
  • ENGL 419 Major Authors: Hitchcock
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: The Art of the Love Letter
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: The Art of the Ghost Story
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Flash Fiction
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Scriptwriting
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Postmodernism
  • HUM 120 A Sense of Place: Alaska and Beyond


Dr. Trafton began teaching at UAS in 2013. Before that, he taught at the University of Colorado, where he earned his degree in Comparative Literature. His dissertation, “The Ghostmodern: Revisionist Haunting in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature (1887-1910),” explores complexities in American ghost literature and how a shift in some treatments of literary haunting prefigure a corresponding shift from Realism to Modernism and beyond. Beyond ghost stories, Dr. Trafton is interested in such topics as flash fiction, the modern love letter, cinema, feminist studies, the avant-garde, and postcolonialism.

In the classroom, Dr. Trafton is committed to empowering students through rigorous interdisciplinary exercises that challenge students according to their interests and their abilities. He strives to support students in developing the experience, confidence, and skills to discover their voice and to use it effectively. Conversely, in all of his classes, he also challenges his students to widen their analytical perspectives and to listen thoughtfully before speaking.

Dr. Trafton has deeply valued his time in Sitka, and he sees himself henceforth as a lifelong Alaskan. He enjoys the ocean, the lush vegetation, the closeness to the natural world, and the closeness to the community. He lives in Sitka with his wife and his daughter, along with the family pets—dog and rabbit.

Kristen Handley

Institutional Effectiveness Director

Phone: 907-796-6231


Institutional Effectiveness

Hendrickson Bldg, 210, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • A.A. Social Science, Butte Community College (2008)
  • B.A. Psychology, California State University - Sacramento (2011)
  • M.S. Applied Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Stout (2013)


Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Association of Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP) 

Robin Gilcrist

Associate Professor and Program Head of Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6141


Career Education: Construction

Technical Education Center, TEC 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ms. Gilcrist was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she received an Associates of Arts in drafting Technology. Robin moved to Hawaii in the early eighties and completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii before leaving for Alaska. Ms. Gilcrist has worked as a drafter and designer since 1980 in California, Hawaii and Alaska, working for large architectural firms as well as small construction businesses. Since moving to Juneau in the fall of 1993 she has been working full-time designing custom homes, remodels and additions. Ms. Gilcrist owns her own residential design business, Interline Design. She also is actively involved in creating affordable housing through volunteer work with Housing First and Habitat for Humanity.


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