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2016-2017 Curriculum Committee Members

Chair (non-voting)

Colleen McKenna

Associate Professor of Information Systems

Phone: 796-6349Second Phone:


SOM: Information Systems

Novatney Bldg, Rm 113, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Courses Taught

Web Foundations, Web Authoring

Career Education

Robin Gilcrist

Assistant Professor and Program Head, 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.


Heather L Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6029Fax: 796-6550


School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, Rm. 106, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.A., Ph.D. - University of Central Florida

B.A. - University of Florida


Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723


Arts and Sciences Department

Sitka Campus


B.S., B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder


David B. Cox II

Assistant Professor, Technical Services Librarian

Phone: 796-6522


Egan Library

Egan Library, Rm. 203, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


MSLIS from Syracuse University, 2013 BA in History from University of Denver, 2007


Alaska Library Association Member


David was hired as the library Serials Assistant in November 2013, adding Electronic Resources to the position October 2014. In April 2017, David became the Technical Services Librarian.


John Blanchard

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6340Second Phone:


School of Management

Novatney Bldg, Rm 121, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Master in Business Administration from the University of Toledo, 1979 Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Dayton, 1975ABD, College of Education, Community College Leadership Program, Oregon State University


Certified Public Accountant – State of Oregon Certificate #5419

Certified Management Accountant

Natural Science

Heidi Pearson

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

Phone: 796-6271Fax: 796-6447


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Biology

Anderson Bldg, Rm 205C, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
B.S., Duke University, Durham, NC, 1998

Curriculum vitae (.pdf)


Go here to learn about my marine mammal research lab, BREACH, and read the latest updates from the field.

Courses Taught

Biology of Marine Mammals (lecture and lab)
Cetacean Behavior and Behavioral Ecology (lab)
Conservation and Biology of Marine Birds and Sea Turtles (lecture)
Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment (lecture)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (lecture and lab)
Introduction to Biology (lecture and lab)
Marine Birds and Mammals (lecture and lab)
Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Change (seminar)
Marine Mammal Field Research Methods (lecture and lab)
Prospects for Planet Earth (lecture)

Social Science

William Urquhart

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone: 228-4527Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences Department, Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Sociology

Paul Bldg, Room 505, Ketchikan Campus

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.

Ketchikan (non-voting)

Ali Ziegler

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: 228-4563



Paul Bldg, room 508, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


B.A., M.S., Ph.D. University of Michigan

Sitka (non-voting)

Joel A. Markis

Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology

Phone: 747-7760


Career Education: Fisheries Technology

101H, Sitka Campus


B.S. Montana State University

M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Provost's Office

Gillian R. Hays

Academic and Faculty Services Coordinator

Phone: 796-6147


Karen Carey


Phone: 796-6486Fax: 796-6469


Provost Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 209, 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

Registrar's Office

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