2015-2016 Curriculum Committee Members
Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. University of Oregon; M.A. University of Maine; D.A. Idaho State University
Chris has been at UAS since 2002. He enjoys teaching any mathematics or statistics course. His specialized areas of interest include applications of differential equations to geophysical fluid dynamics and other areas within the natural sciences. More recently, he has also developed an interest in the theory and applications of linear statistical models.
Outside of academics, Chris enjoys dabbling with gardening and carpentry, hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, and canoeing (under ideal conditions).
Assistant Professor of Education
School of Education
2014-2015: PhD Candidate, Indigenous Studies, Research emphasis, U. of Alaska Fairbanks
2014-2015: Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Scholar, U. of Alaska Fairbanks
2008: Master’s of Educational Leadership K-12, U. of Alaska Anchorage
2006: Master’s of Elementary Education, Ed. Technology emphasis, U. of Alaska Southeast
1988: Bachelor’s of Elementary Education, Natural Sciences emphasis, U. of Alaska Juneau
Alberta started teaching at UAS in the fall of 2010. Prior to UAS, she was teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland), while teaching for UAS as an adjunct faculty professor. Before the metro DC experience, she retired from the Juneau School District. She spent 20 years teaching and coaching various middle school sports. She spent her last 3.5 years in public school coordinating various large federal Native education grants. Alberta also spent many summers designing and coordinating western science and Native ways of knowing camps for secondary students.
She greatly enjoys her doctoral program, as she is in the final phases of her research. Her Ph.D. dissertation research topic is entitled, Alaska Native Scholars: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Factors Influencing Ph.D. Attainment. She is Tsimshian (killer whale phratry), Alutiiq, Hispanic, Russian, German, and Swedish.
In addition to academia, she enjoys spending her free time with family. Alberta and Peter (husband) enjoy watching Bruce (sr./son) play high school basketball. She likes to play volleyball, enjoys traveling, and learning about other cultures. She greatly enjoys cooking and anything having to do with Jane Austen. She looks forward to having time to do other things following her Ph. D. attainment.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 228-4527, Fax: 225-3624
Arts and Sciences Department, Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Sociology
Ph.D., MA, Tulane 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.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Phone: 796-6271, Fax: 796-6447
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Biology
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
Go here to learn about my marine mammal research lab, BREACH, and read the latest updates from the field.
Biology of Marine Mammals (lecture and lab)
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, Technical Services Librarian
Phone: 796-6345, Fax: 796-6302
M.L.S., University of Maryland (1996)
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Phone: 796-6340, Second Phone:
School of Management
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