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2014-2015 Curriculum Committee Members

Chris Hay-Jahans

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 796-6408


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math

Soboleff Annex, Rm 105

Juneau Campus

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).

Christine J. Urata

Associate Professor and Program Head, Health Sciences

Phone: 796-6125 Fax: 796-6577


Career Education: Health Sciences

Bill Ray Center, Rm. 120C

Juneau Campus

  • B.S.N. Pacific Lutheran University
  • M.S.N. University of Washington

Alberta Jones

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6481


School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 108

Juneau Campus

Elementary Education

Anselm Staack

Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6364 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 119

Juneau Campus

BA - Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
(Economics, Accounting & Business Admin.)
MBA - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Keenan-Flagler  School of Business
JD - University of Arizona at Tucson
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Member Alaska Bar (Attorney)

Anselm's experience includes positions as the Chief Financial Officer for the Alaska Retirement Systems, Dep. Commissioner Dept. of Administration, CFO and CIO in a managed Hospital Corporation of America hospital, Alaska Treasury Comptroller, Legislative Audit and Computer Audit Manager, Controller for the City & Borough of Juneau, Senior Auditor with an International CPA Firm.

He will be involved in instructing a variety of upper and lower division courses (Principles of Accounting, Computer Automated Accounting, Auditing, Governmental Accounting), and will also instruct  in graduate level courses (MBA Finance Seminar, Public Financial Management).  Anselm has previously taught courses for UAS at various times since 1975 as an adjunct instructor in accounting and business subjects.

Marnie Chapman

Professor, Biology

Phone: 747-7702


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Biology

Sitka Campus

M.S. Biology University of St. Joseph (Focus: Human Biology) 2008
M.A. Biology Humboldt State University (Focus: Intertidal Biology) 1992
B.A. Zoology Humboldt State University 1983
Graduate coursework at Friday Harbor Laboratory and Bamfield Marine Station

Special Recognition:

UA President’s Award for Outstanding Distance Educator in Alaska (2001)
UAS Faculty Excellence Award Sitka Campus (2012)

BIOL 111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Past Courses Taught:

Microbiology, Natural History of Alaska, Intertidal Biology, General Biology, Biology & Society,
General Zoology, Alaska Naturalist Program; Science for K-8 Teachers

I’m originally from Northern California and lived in Bethel and Skagway before moving to Sitka in 1992. I enjoy helping students build a firm foundation in the topic that will serve them well in their careers. I am active in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).  As part of HAPS I helped develop standards for undergraduate human anatomy and physiology courses taught in the US and Canada. I am committed to quality eLearning opportunities and developed and delivered the first distance science courses offered by UAS. As Sitka’s lab director I currently help oversee the lab support portion of UAS Sitka Distance Science courses which have grown to involve multiple faculty members and currently serve over 200 students each semester.  I believe it is important to give back to my community by doing what I can to enrich science literacy, assist in community-based scientific research, and help create science-related opportunities for everyone, especially K-12 students.

Community Projects:

  • Served as an invited researcher for Scientist in the Schools programs at elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Helped establish science clubs at the local elementary and middle school that give kids a chance to interact with scientists and collect data for meaningful research projects.
  • Found opportunities for K-12 students to meet and work with scientists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, UCSF, UAF and Project Budburst.
  • Assisted with marine invertebrate identification for community BioBlitzes and provided intertidal ecology expertise for many community organizations.
  • Involved in a project to revisit historical work done in Sitka by Ed (Doc) Ricketts and link it to modern intertidal survey protocols.

I am particularly interested in the ecology and functional anatomy of intertidal organisms, especially with respect to predator-prey relationships.  I am also very involved in marine invasive issues and research, particularly with respect to invasive tunicates. I am a member of the Alaska Marine Invasive Species subcommittee and the Didemnum vexillum Rapid Response Team.

Bethany A. Wilkes

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Information Literacy Librarian

Phone: 796-6515


Egan Library

Egan Library, Rm. 201

Juneau Campus

M.S.L.I.S.,  Florida State University (2004)

B.A., University of Montana (1995)

Librarian Liaison to the Humanities and Social Sciences.

William Urquhart

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone: 228-4527 Fax: 225-3624


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

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.

Gillian R. Hays

Academic and Faculty Services Coordinator

Phone: 796-6147


Barbara A Hegel

Registrar & Director of Admissions

Phone: 796-6294


Admissions, Registrar's Office,

Novatney Bldg

Juneau Campus

Jan Crichton

Curriculum & Records Specialist

Phone: 796-6471


Andrea L. Dewees

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: 796-6008 Fax: 796-6406


Rod Landis

Professor of English

Phone: 228-4547 Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 507

Ketchikan Campus

M. Litt., Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English; M.A., University of Georgia. Rod specializes in Victorian and American nineteenth-century literature. His research focuses on the way Gothic themes and figurations transform texts from the Victorian century.

Rod began teaching at UAS Ketchikan in 1992, became visiting faculty in 1995 and was hired as Asst. Professor of English in 1996. He was the sole English faculty at that time; today Rod heads a local Humanities department of three full-time and half a dozen adjunct faculty. In addition, Rod is senior faculty for the regional English department and is in his third year of serving as Director of Composition and Assessment for all of UAS. Rod teaches an upper-division literature course online every semester, and also teaches composition, humanities and theatre courses, both online and locally.

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