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Address

Soboleff Bldg
11066 Auke Lake Way (SOB1)
Juneau, AK 99801

Amy Bannerman

Administrative Assistant - Humanities

Phone: 796-6405Fax: 796-6405

Email:

Faculty

Kevin Maier

Associate Professor of English, Humanities Department Chair

Phone: 796-6021Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Education

Please refer to Dr. Maier's Curricula Vitae for detailed information.

Andrea L. Dewees

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: 796-6008Fax: 796-6008

Email:

Nina Chordas

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6407Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Ernestine Hayes

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6432Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 222, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Jeremy Kane

Associate Professor of Art

Phone: 796-6222Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Kevin Krein

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 796-6362

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 214, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Biography

In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.

Sol Neely

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6411Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Lance (X̱’unei) A Twitchell

Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Phone: 796-6114Fax: 907-796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 229, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/artssciences/humanities/programs

Education

  • MFA, Creative Writing (2010)--University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • BA, English & Minor in American Indian Studies (2007)--University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tlingit Immersion Camps--University of Alaska Southeast & Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Certification, Village Management Institute--Sheldon Jackson College

Research

Language and Culture Documentation (YouTube):

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaV32yDWC63DKf5MEyJtxuQ/videos?flow=grid&view=0

Tlingit Language Blog:

http://tlingitlanguage.com/

Publications

Literary Publications:

  • “When the Heart Skips a Beat,” and “Sable Voices” poems, published in Ice Box (2010).
  • “Nanook Sweats,” “Release, Definition: Trickster,” “Ode to Tlingit, Yellow Hair Takes the Fat and We Lament His Seedy Departure,” and “Dark Skin and Betraying Uncle,” poems, published in Yellow Medicine Review (Spring, 2009).
  • “The Saving Son,” a short story, published in Tidal Echoes literary magazine (Spring, 2007).
  • Tlingit Dictionary: Northern Dialect, self-published 2005

Writing, Editorial and Administrative Experience:

  • Column Author, Juneau Empire (2012). Contribute a bi-weekly column on Alaska Native Languages & Studies, as well as a “Tlingit Words of the Week” series.
  • Blog Author, Huffington Post (2012). Contribute periodic blog entries to the “Education”, “College”, and “Politics” sections.
  • Tlingit Culture & Language Consultant, Perseverance Theatre (2012). Assisted with development of Defenders of Alaska Native Country by Ishmael Hope.
  • Study Guide Author, Tlingit Language Consultant, & Poetry Editor, Vivian FaithPrescott (2009–2010). Reviewed and consulted on poetry and use of Tlingit language in the collection Ax̱ L'óot' Doogú: Hide of my Tongue.
  • Tlingit Language & Culture Consultant, Musician, Dugout (2011). Assisted with the development of the film Dugout by consulting on content, translating Tlingit, and soundscaping the film.
  • Fiction Reader, Poetry Reader, Web Consultant, Permafrost Literary Magazine (2008–2009). Reviewed and critiqued submissions and consulted editors and assistant editors on developing web content.
  • Graphic Design Consultant, 40 Below: A Journal about Writing and Teaching (2009). Assisted editors with layout of multimedia magazine contents.
  • Assistant Tribal Administrator, Organized Village of Kasaan (2005–2007).  Worked to improve operational capacity and economic development for OVK, Managed the computer network in Kasaan, developed forms, and worked with committees to develop a Strategic Plan, Organizational Charts, and Policies and Procedures for Administration and Finance.
  • Tribal Administrator, Skagway Traditional Council (1999–2005). Worked with Native community to develop a Tribal Council, built administrative capacity of the Tribe to deliver Tribal Programs and to manage multiple grant programs & projects,
    and oversaw the construction of a 5,000 square foot facility that was the first Native owned community structure in over a hundred years in the Skagway area.

Courses Taught

  • Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska Southeast.
    Teaching:  AKL105 & 106: Elementary Tlingit I & II, AKL205: Intermediate Tlingit I, AKL241: Alaska Native  Oratory, AKL397: Placenames among  the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska, AKL497: Teaching  Alaska Native  Languages,  AKL497: Alaska Native  Language Revitalization, ANTH200/493: Alaska Native  Cultures, and ANTH475: Alaska Native  Social Change.  Directing  the Alaska Native  Language  program, which  includes supervision of all Alaska Native  Languages  adjunct professors, and developing the Alaska Native  Studies Program at UAS. Faculty  Advisor for Alaska Native  Studies.
  • Northwest Coast Formline Design Instructor, Jinéit Art Academy.
    Teaching community workshops sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute that teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast Formline Design, with special focus on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian styles, crests, and cultures.
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010 - 2011).
    Taught ENGL111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL213: Academic Writing about Natural & Social Sciences, ENGL271: Introduction to Creative Writing—Fiction, and ENGL314: Technical Writing.
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010).
    Taught Introduction to ART104: Introduction to Drawing (Northwest Coast Native Art) and team-taught Introduction to Alaska Native Languages with Allan Hayton.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007–2010).
    Taught the following courses: ENLG111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL 211: Academic Writing about Literature, and ENGL213: Academic Writing about Social and Natural Sciences.
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009 & 2010).
    Worked with Staff and community members to develop a language curriculum and initiate classes at the community level and within the band office. Worked individually with a language apprentice on acquisition, teaching skills, and as a consultant for cultural projects. Coordinated Tlingit language immersion camps in 2006 & 2010.
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007 & 2010).
    Worked under Richard Dauenhauer and Alice Taff to develop materials for the Intermediate Tlingit language program, including an update of verb diagram charts, development of verb analysis worksheets, and development of multimedia sentence analysis materials. Worked on Tlingit language videos entering transcriptions and translations of recorded fluent speakers.
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004–07).
    Coordinated community courses in the Tlingit language for adults and children.

Biography

  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-2011)
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007-2010)
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007, 2010)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Dzánt’iki Héeni Middle School (2007)
  • Actor & Tlingit Language Teacher, Perseverance Theatre (2007)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004-2007)

Other

Native Names:

       Xh’unei (Tlingit)

       Du Aaní Kawdinook (Tlingit)

       Kh’eijáakw (Haida)

 Current Projects:

  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Column, Juneau Empire
  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Entries, Huffington Post
  • Northwest Coast Native design projects
  • Alaska Native Modern Art projects
  • For the Love of Our Grandchildren: Tlingit Language & Knowledge Bearers, a film
  • Never Forgotten: The Story of Tlingit Veteran’s of Combat, a film
  • Beneath the Foot of the Sun, a book of poetry
  • Raven Speak, a play
  • Pebbles from the Beach, a screenplay
  • Coyote’s Song, a novel
  • Lingít Language Curriculum (2nd edition)
  • Tlingit Language Documentation, Transcription, & Translation

Professional Awards & Service

  • Top 40 Under 40, The Alaska Journal of Commerce award for up-and-coming leaders who
    demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center Language Advisory Committee Member.
  • Moment of Birth, giclée print—entry, 2012 Celebration Juried Art Show.
  • Commissioned artist for Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska (2010-12).
  • Commissioned artist for 2010 Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Tribal Leaders
    Summit.
  • Raven and the Beauty of the Eagle Spirit, giclée print—third place, Celebration Juried Art Show
  • 2010 Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award from Native Alaskan Business
    Leaders at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in acknowledgement of support for Alaskan
    Native and rural Alaskan students.
  • 2009 Alaska Native Visionary Award from the Alaska Native Heritage Month Committee in
    acknowledgement of artistic and cultural contributions to the Native community.
  • 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • Recipient of a 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • “A Voice in the Dusk: Language and the Modern Day Warrior,” essay—third place, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2009).
  • “In a Backstroke of Pedals,” short story—second place, University of Alaska Farthest North Fiction Contest (Spring, 2009).
  • Xíxhch’, giclée print—third place, Fairbanks Arts Association Digital Media Art Contest (January, 2009).
  • Du Xoonx’í Yán, Dleit Geedí, giclée print—winner, Alaska Native Heritage Month Art Showcase (November, 2008).
  • “Kids in Schizophrenia,” memoir—winner, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2008).
  • George McDaniel Writing Fund (2008–2009).
  • Logo design & web design for Southeast Alaska Tribal Department of Transportation
    (2007).
  • Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship in Creative Writing (1998).
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (1998).
  • University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (1998).

Emily Wall

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6113Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Richard F. Simpson

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Phone: 796-6437Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm. 212, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

William Elliott

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 796-6419

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 215, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Forest J Wagner

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies

Phone: 796-6361Fax: 907-796-6361

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 214, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

For more information, please see my Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Courses Taught

Outdoor Leadership (ODS 243, 244, & 245) and Field Expedition Sequences (ODS 444 & 445); ODS 116, Intro to Rock Climbing; ODS 117, Intro to Ice Climbing; ODS 118, Avalanche Evaluation and Assessment; ODS 205, Backcountry Navigation & Travel; ODS 221, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue; ODS 222, Mountaineering.

Biography

Forest has been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program since 2006. He loves skiing, climbing, and spending time outside.  Forest’s academic interests are human narrative, northern identity, and sense of place.

Hours

Tuesday, Thursday 2–5 p.m. (may vary due to field schedule)

Alice Taff

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Phone: 796-6405Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/arts_sciences/humanities/alaska-languages/cuped/video-conv/

Education

Ph.D. Linguistics, 1999, University of Washington. 
     Dissertation title: Phonetics and phonology of Unangan (Eastern Aleut) intonation.

M.A. Linguistics, 1992, University of Washington.

M.A.T. Elementary education, 1972, University of Louisville

B.A. Humanities, 1968,  University of Louisville.

Research

Current Research and Recent Publications

Deg Xinag  (Deg Xit’an, Deg Hit’an, or Ingalik, international code = ing)

       Deg Xiyan’ Xidhoy: Stories from Just Around Here

Deg XinagAłixi  Ni’elyoy: The local language is gathered together. Online audio learners' dictionary.

Tlingit (international code = tli)
  Tlingit Conversation Documentation

Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language, international code = ale) 
  Unangam Tunuu conversations 50 hours of conversation videos.

Rod Landis

Professor of English

Phone: 228-4547Fax: 225-3624

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 507, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus

Education

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.

Biography

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.

Math Trafton

Assistant Professor, English

Phone: 747-7723

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Sitka Campus

Education

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

Teague Whalen

Associate Professor of English & Communication

Phone: 228-4514Fax: 225-3624

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Paul Bldg, Room 513, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus

Education

M.F.A., Northern Michigan University; B.A., University of Michigan. Teague Whalen specializes in creative writing, composition, communication, and literature.

Biography

Raised by two passionate educators and two feisty younger sisters, Teague quickly learned that summers meant time to travel America's blue highways and to romp through small towns and national forests by bicycle, canoe, skis, and foot, followed by nights spent sleeping in a tent and usually with close friends in tow. Teague's college teaching ventures have transformed the classroom into kitchens, lakes, mountain tops, and tents when he was a Lecturer I for the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program for two spring terms in rural Maine. While a teaching fellow for Northern Michigan University, he pioneered an outdoor ecocomposition course in the wild Upper Peninsula (U.P.). When he could no longer "Say yeah to the U.P., eh?" he wondered how Alaska compared to the great-lake state. Used to two-tracks and lakes, pine-riddled hills, and weather that could change any minute, he found his mother was right (as a good mother tends to be) when she said that Alaska was like the U.P. on steroids. He has not been disappointed yet, and when he finds Ketchikan raining too much, he keeps his fingers busy composing lofty poems of a bluer heart or stories of longing for a drier hue. When that doesn't work, he takes up his axe planed out of Sitka spruce and gets down to picking away the steel strings in search of a cloudy love song.

Liz Zacher

Assistant Professor, Art

Phone: 747-7710

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Sitka Campus

Education

B.F.A. The Hartford Art School

M.F.A. Ohio University

Ishmael Hope

Term Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies

Phone: 796-6074Fax: 907-796-6406

Email:

Emeritus Faculty

Art Petersen

Professor of English, Emeritus

Phone: N/A

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Education

  • A.A. Sierra College (1965)
  • B.A., M.A. California State University, Sacramento (1971 & 1973)
  • Ph.D. The Union Institute (1984)

BIOGRAPHY

Art Petersen joined UAS in 1975 (then Juneau-Douglas Community College) as its 13th faculty member. He taught Reading; Basic, Freshman, and Advanced Composition; Introduction to Literature; Shakespeare (non-dramatic poetry, tragedies, comedies, histories, problem plays); surveys and advanced studies in American, British, and World Literature; and senior special studies of such authors as Hemingway, Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. He served as assistant dean, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, chair of the humanities department, coordinator of writing assessment, editor of the UAS literary magazine (1981-2002), and academic advisor to the UAS Bachelor of Liberal Arts distance student body. He served on the Perseverance Theatre board and as a member and then chair of the Alaska Humanities Forum (1990-2000). His books include volumes of poetry; textbooks on grammar and academic writing; a textbook anthology of short fiction and drama; and four Alaska histories. He retired to half time in 2000 and to full-time retirement in 2004.

Susan Koester

Professor of Communication, Emeritus

Phone: 796-6405Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

http://uashome.alaska.edu/~shkoester

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Speech Communication with emphasis in Intercultural Studies and Women's Studies, Union Institute, 1985.

Master of Arts in Speech Communications, San Diego State University, 1975.

Bachelor of Arts (with Honors and Distinction in Communication), San Diego State University, June 1972.

 
 

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