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Planning for the Alaska College of Education

Overview

As part of the UA Strategic Pathways process, the UA Board of Regents on December 14, 2016 approved creation of a single Alaska College of Education to be administered by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). The College will consolidate all UA teacher preparation and educational leadership programs (currently at UAF, UAA, and UAS) in one streamlined academic unit. The Board’s action is a step toward fulfilling the goal articulated by President Jim Johnsen that—by 2025—90 percent of all new teacher hires in Alaska will be educated at the University of Alaska. Creation of the new College is premised on approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). A Steering Committee and an External Advisory Council are established to pursue accreditation and move toward phased implementation of the College beginning in Fall 2018.

UAS is pleased to announce the finalists for the position of Executive Dean for the Alaska College of Education

Dr. Atwater

Dr. Steve Atwater

Current position: Interim Dean, UAF School of Education
Curriculum Vita here

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.

SCHEDULE


Monday, February 19: Fairbanks/UAF

Tuesday, February 20: Anchorage/UAA

Wednesday, February 21: Juneau/UAS


1:00 – 2:15 pm

Meeting with UAF Education Faculty & Staff

340 Library Media Classroom, Rasmuson Library


3:00 – 4:00 pm

Meeting with UAF Administrators

Kayak Room, Rasmuson Library


4:30 – 5:30 pm

Open Forum for Interested Parties

Schaible Auditorium and Livestream



8:00 – 9:00 am

Meeting with UAA Administrators

ADM 204


2:00 – 3:15 pm

Meeting with UAA Education Faculty & Staff

Library Conference Room 307


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Open Forum for Interested Parties

Library Conference Room 307



8:30 – 9:30 am

Video Interview with Search Committee

Videoconference (details emailed to committee)


10:00 – 11:00 am

Meeting with UAS Administrators

Chancellor’s Conference Room, HB204


12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch with UAS Education Faculty & Staff

Glacier View Room, Egan 221


2:30 – 3:30 pm

Public Presentation

45 minute presentation followed by Q&A

Egan 104 and Live on UATV

Recording  available after event


3:30 – 4:30 pm

Open Forum for Interested Parties

Glacier View Room, Egan 221


Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand

Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand

Current position: Professor, Dept. of Teacher Education, Troy University College of Education
Curriculum Vita here

 

Hildebrand’s 27 years in higher education has been at rural institutions having a student-centered focus. She served for ten years as an administrator at the college or institutional level. These administrative positions included serving as the Dean of the College of Education at Troy University, as well as serving as Assistant Dean of the College of Education, and later as the Assistant Vice Provost at Northern Arizona University. While serving as Assistant Vice Provost, she was also Interim Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning for one year. Prior to her administrative positions, Hildebrand was a faculty member and the Program Director of the Health and Physical Education major, and as the Assistant Department Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University.

SCHEDULE


Wednesday, March 7: Juneau/UAS

Thursday, March 8:

Morning - Anchorage/UAA

Afternoon – Fairbanks/UAF

Friday, March 9: Fairbanks


8:30 – 9:30 am

Meeting with UAS Administrators

Chancellor’s Conference Room, HB204


10:00 – 11:30 am

Meeting with UAS Education Faculty & Staff

Glacier View Room, Egan 221


2:00 – 3:00 pm

Public Presentation

45 minute presentation followed by Q&A

Egan 104 and Live on UATV

Recording available after event


3:30 – 4:30 pm

Open Forum for Interested Parties

Glacier View Room, Egan 221



ANCHORAGE:

8:00 – 9:30 am

Meeting with UAA Education Faculty & Staff

PSB 111


10:00 – 11:00 am

Open Forum for Interested Parties

PSB 111


11:30- 12:30 pm

Lunch with UAA Administrators

ADM 204


FAIRBANKS:

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Meeting with UAF Administrators

Kayak Room, Rasmuson Library



8:30 – 9:30 am

Video Interview with Search Committee

Videoconference (details emailed to committee)


10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meeting with UAF Education Faculty & Staff

340 Media Classroom, Rasmuson Library


1:30 – 2:30 pm

Open Forum for Interested Parties

Location TBD


  • Chancellor Richard Caulfield (chair), University of Alaska Southeast
  • Provost Karen Carey, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Interim Provost Duane Hrncir, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Provost Susan Henrichs, University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Interim Dean Stephen Atwater, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Amy Vinlove, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Sean Asiqluq Topkok, Assistant Professor, Graduate Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Diane Kardash, Term Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Cathy Coulter, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Jonathan Bartels, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Paul Ongtooguk, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Katy Spangler, Professor, Education, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Dr. Lisa Richardson, Assistant Professor, Education, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Ernestine Hayes, Associate Professor, English, University of Alaska Southeast

Upcoming Meetings: 

DATEDAYTIMECONFERENCE INFO
Feb 23, 2018Friday10:00am-4:00pmIn Person in Anchorage: UAA, PSB 216, and by distance - contact Cathy Coulter for info
March 9, 2018Friday8:30-10:00amAudio/Video locations: UAA-PSB 111, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204; NO Livestream
March 30, 2018Friday8:30-10:30amAudio/Video locations: UAA-PSB 111, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204; Livestream http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/es5fy
March 30, 2018Fridayall day - hours TBAIn Person in Fairbanks: UAF campus, location TBA
April 13, 2018Friday8:30-10:30amAudio/Video locations: UAA-PSB 111, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204; Livestream http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/es5fy
April 13, 2018Friday10:00am-4:30pmIn Person in Anchorage: UAA Professional Services Building, 216
April 27, 2018Friday8:30-10:30amAudio/Video locations: UAA-PSB 111, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204; Livestream http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/es5fy
May 11, 2018Friday8:30-10:30amAudio/Video locations: UAA-PSB 111, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204; Livestream http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/es5fy

Past Meetings: 

February 24, 2017Audio and Video Conference
March 10, 2017In Person - Anchorage
March 24, 2017Audio and Video Conference
April 7, 2017Audio and Video Conference
April 21, 2017Audio and Video Conference
May 2, 2017Audio and Video Conference
May 11, 2017All Faculty Meeting - In Person in Anchorage
May 19, 2017Audio and Video Conference
May 30, 2017Audio and Video Conference
June 16, 2017Audio and Video Conference
June 30, 2017Audio and Video Conference
August 18, 2017Audio and Video Conference
September 1, 2017Audio and Video Conference
September 8, 2017UA Secondary Education Faculty Meeting-In Person in Juneau
September 15, 2017UA Special Education Faculty Meeting-In Person in Anchorage
September 15, 2017UA Graduate Education Faculty Meeting-In Person in Anchorage
September 29, 2017Audio and Video Conference
October 8, 2017UA Elementary Education Faculty Meeting-In Person in Anchorage
October 13, 2017Audio and Video Conference
October 27, 2017Audio and Video Conference
NovemberNo Meetings in November due to conflict with Board of Regents Meeting and the Holiday
December 8, 2017Audio and Video Conference
January 12, 2018Audio and Video Conference
February 2, 2018UA Elementary Education Faculty Meeting-In Person in Anchorage
February 16, 2018Audio and Video Conference
  • Stephanie Butler, Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education
  • Jerry Covey, Consultant/EED Alaska Education Challenge
  • Sue Hull, State Board of Education
  • Lisa Parady, Alaska Council of School Administrators
  • Tim Parker, NEA Alaska
  • Edward Alexander, Education Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Rosita Worl, Executive Director, Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Ty Mase, Superintendent, Lake and Peninsula School District
  • Kersten Gomez, Teacher, Kenai Peninsula School District
  • Barb (QasuGlana) Amarok, Sitnasuak Native Corporation
  • Sondra L. Meridith, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
  • Senator Natasha von Imhof, Alaska State Legislature
  • Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Alaska State Legislature

Involvement of UA-wide Working Groups

President Johnsen's directive from February 3, 2017 called for creation of working groups to support the Steering Committee’s planning efforts. As part of its deliberations, the Committee has identified a need for eight such groups, focused on specific information and data requirements linked to a NWCCU Substantive Change Proposal. The eight groups, made up of representatives from each UA university, are:

  • Educational Offerings
  • Student Services
  • Physical Facilities & Equipment
  • Library, IT Services & Instructional Design
  • Human Resources
  • Budget & Fiscal Planning
  • Innovative Partnership Models
  • Data Management

The Educational Offerings working group is made up of fulltime Education faculty and selected staff from across all three universities. That group met together in Anchorage on May 11, and several subgroups are expected to meet again face-to-face in September. The remaining working groups will be made up of UA staff and faculty with particular knowledge of identified subject areas (e.g. library, facilities). Each will be led by a facilitator, who is a member of the group. UA Steering Committee members, including provosts from each university, were involved in nominating members from their university for service on these groups.

The charge to each group is to assemble information and data that responds to the question and needs posed by the Steering Committee (to be provided) and to prepare a brief written report to the Committee summarizing its findings, ideas, and recommendations. The plan is that these groups will meet via audio- and/or video-conferencing during summer 2017 and provide a report back to the Steering Committee Chair no later than August 31.

The focus of the groups will be on: 1) fulfilling the expectations of the Board of Regents in creating a single Alaska College of Education, 2) supporting the Steering Committee’s efforts to meet NWCCU accreditation standards, and 3) enhancing opportunities for student success and innovation in teacher preparation and educational leadership in Alaska.

Working Groups & Members

Working Group

UASUAAUAF
Educational OfferingsFacultyFacultyFaculty
Student Services
  • Barbara Hegel, Registrar
  • Janelle Cook, Dir. Fin Aid
  • Amanda Triplett, Advising
  • Lora Volden, Registrar
  • Catherine Taylor, Academic Success Coord.
  • Lindsey Chadwell, Interim Registrar
  • Ginny Kinne, Academic Advising Center
  • Mike Earnest, UAF Registrar
  • Julie Parshall, Financial Aid
Physical Facilities & EquipmentNathan Leigh, PEKim Mahoney, FacilitiesScott Bell, Facilities
Library, IT Services & Instructional Design
  • Elise Tomlinson, Director, Egan Library
  • Cody Bennett, IT Services
  • Maureen O'Halloran, Instructional Designer
  • Katy Spangler, Faculty
  • Katherine Walker, Educ. Tech. Coordinator
  • Steve Rollins, Director
  • Karen Jensen, Library
  • Chris Lott, eLearning
  • Tom Langdon, OIT Customer Support Services
Human Resources
  • Karen Carey, Provost
  • Gail Cheney, Director, HR
  • Virgil Fredenberg, Faculty
  • Michelle Yerkes, Senior HR Consultant
  • Marian Bruce, Director, Faculty Service
  • Sam Gingerich, Interim Chancellor
  • Susan Henrichs, Provost
  • Brad Lobland, HR
Budget & Fiscal Planning
  • Michael Ciri, VC Administration
  • Julie Vigil, Budget Director
  • Deborah Lo, Dean
  • Pat Shier, VC Administration
  • Paul Deputy, Interim Dean
  • Megan Olsen, UAA Development
  • Kari Burrell, VC Administration
  • Julie Queen, AVC Financial Services
  • Sasha Wood, SOE Fiscal Officer
Innovative Partnership Models
  • Ernestine Hayes, Faculty
  • Scott Christian, Faculty
  • Paul Ongtooguk, Faculty
  • Jennifer Hardy, PACE
  • Evon Peter, VC CRCD
  • Steve Atwater, Dean
  • Carol Barnhardt, Faculty
Data ManagementBrad Ewing, IE
  • Erin Holmes
  • Brian Brubaker
Ian Olson
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