A key element of UAS’ leadership structure is the Provost’s Council which is currently meeting twice per semester. This entity consists of academic leaders, including the Provost, Vice Chancellors, academic deans and associate deans, extended campus directors, and Faculty Senate President. The UAS Provost’s Council serves as a key forum for strategic planning and cross-institutional coordination, supporting the Provost in ensuring the quality of all academic programs and services. It also works to ensure integration of student services, enrollment management, and academic functions across the university.
Executive Provost's Council is a smaller group of Deans and Academic Directors which congregates monthly.
For more information contact the Provost's Office at (907) 796-6486.
Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Chancellor, Caulfield provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Previously he served as UAS Provost. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.
Caulfield’s extensive university experience began when he served as an instructor in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS is fully compliant with NWCCU standards and that regular program assessments and reviews are completed successfully. As Provost he chaired the Provost’s Council, co-chaired the UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the UAS Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee. He has been a leader in university/community planning efforts involving political leaders, industry and business leaders, service organizations, Alaska Native/Native American entities, and government agencies.
Caulfield has served on national and international academic boards, including the Executive Committee for the University of the Arctic, the International Arctic Social Sciences Executive Committee, and the Oceans/Atmosphere/Ice Interactions Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation. He served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). He has a solid track record of building relationships leading to private philanthropic giving and industry investments. In his capacity as a community campus director he served on regional and statewide workforce development committees, including on the board of the Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium.
Caulfield earned his PhD in the United Kingdom in 1994 based upon research about aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and the Arctic. His Greenland research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sir Phillip Reckitt Foundation, led to publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees with Honors in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Danish and Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic Inuit language. He is the recipient of the University of Alaska’s Dennis Demmert Award for excellence in serving Alaska Native Students.
Rick and his wife Annie have three grown children. He is active in Southeast Alaska community affairs, serving on boards and committees with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Juneau Economic Development Council, Southeast Conference, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.
Executive Dean, Career Education; Assistant Professor, Construction Technology
Dean, School of Management; Associate Professor of Accounting
Phone: 796-6363, Second Phone:
Fordham University - MBA Finance
Williams, V. and Starnes, L. “Audit Selection: Increasing the Efficiency of Sales Tax Administration.”
Williams, V.L. “Catch Me If You Can.”
Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “Testing the Quality of Environmental Disclosures”.
Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “Down with the Titanic.”
Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “The Case of the Refried Bean.”
Williams, V.L. and Dye, J.L. “Going Concern Determinations: User Expectations Versus Reality.”
Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “What a Waster: The Theory and Reality of Environmental Cleanup.”
Dye, J.L. and Williams, V.L. “A Case of Fowl Play.”
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Currently Teaching at UAS
UAS Faculty Excellence in Advising, 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award for Accounting Excellence from Alaska Capital Chapter of Association of Government Accountants, 1999
Williams Accounting Consulting Services, Juneau, AK: Provided accounting services and contract CFO work for small non-profits
City of Petersburg, Petersburg, AK - Acting Finance Director
City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau, AK – Deputy Treasurer
City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau, AK – Treasurer
Citicorp, New York, NY – Director of Financial Reporting and Systems for U.S. Consumer Banking Group
Citicorp, New York, NY – Assistant Director Financial Reporting U.S. Consumer Banking Group
Citicorp, New York, NY – Financial Analyst, Individual Bank Sector Financial Control
Arthur Andersen & Co., New York, NY – Auditor
Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone: 796-6100, Fax: 796-6365
Born in Mount Edgecumbe, AK, Joe was raised as a commercial fisherman in Yakutat. He is a member of the Teikweidí (Brown Bear) clan, eagle moiety of the Yakutat Tlingit tribe. After graduating Yakutat High School, Joe attended college in Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA in 1996 and earned his Master of Arts in American Indian Studies in 1998. In 2001, he received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.
Joe is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, the Sealaska Board of Directors, and the Juneau Lions Club.
Vice Chancellor for Administration
Phone: 796-6570, Fax: 796-6276
Michael Ciri was raised in the wilderness by wolves and dropped in front of the Mourant Building in 1982 to fend for himself. And he fended well. He went from student to student employee to a regular employee in computing in 1986. He became director of Information Technology and Media Services in 2000.
He is UAS educated, receiving an AA in 1988, a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1994 and received his master's in Public Administration in 2007. He also holds the record for most consecutive years of living in student housing and is in the UAS mascot hall of fame as the original "Spike" the whale.
Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology
Phone: 228-4515, Fax: 225-3624
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Ketchikan Director's Office
Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Dr. Schulte specializes in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures, sociocultural change, and archaeology of southeast Alaska.
Priscilla Schulte has been teaching on the Ketchikan campus since 1980 and has been teaching distance classes for over ten years. Most of her students are in southeast Alaska, but some are from as far away as Connecticut. Priscilla has taught summer classes on the Juneau campus as well as distance delivery classes by video and audio conference to the Juneau campus. She teaches primarily lower division anthropology and sociology classes, as well as multicultural education classes.
Priscilla started her teaching career by teaching anthropology at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College) now located in Tsaile, Arizona. Her anthropological fieldwork in Arizona and Chicago sparked her interest in completing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. During her years of living and teaching on the Navajo Nation, she began her doctoral work at the University of New Mexico which she completed after her move to Alaska in 1980.
Priscilla’s research and teaching interests are in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures (primarily of southeast Alaska), and Native American culture change. She produced the video, “The Bear Stands Up,” which has aired on public television. Her most recent research has focused on the totem pole carvers of the CCC era. She is an adopted member of the Tongass Brown Bear clan of the Tlingit people. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired and encouraged her in her research and teaching.
One of the most exciting events of Priscilla’s teaching year is the annual fieldtrip coordinated with the Forest Service to do archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork with local Native elders, cultural teachers, and UAS students. The field trips focus on the survey and inventory of important cultural sites located in southern southeast Alaska.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 796-6538, Fax: 796-6447
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Exposure Research Laboratory - USEPA, Athens, GA
Study of the natural environment from a chemical viewpoint offers fascinating research topics ranging from basic research on poorly understood natural processes to applied research investigating the effects of human activities on various ecosystems and remediation efforts. The pristine system of forests and waterways proximate to the University of Alaska Southeast are ideal natural laboratories for these types of studies.
My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments. Heavy metal studies in my lab include characterization of the iron, lead and copper species associated with high organic carbon soils under anaerobic conditions. An increasing presence of ocean-going vessels at Alaskan ports has also raised concern about environmental levels of tin. The chemical interactions of tin with environmental matrices (e.g. microbial communities) profoundly influence its mobility and toxicity. These metals have become common features of the southeastern Alaska topography and identifying the specific form of these metals under various environmental conditions provides valuable insight into their transport properties. Organic pollutants, on the other hand, are typically associated with industrialized areas and as such have limited local sources at higher latitudes. Atmospheric transport and to some extent urbanization however, have provided for detectable levels of numerous synthetic organic chemicals in the arctic hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Studies aimed at quantifying levels of organic pollutants and their attenuation products in high latitude regions are also pursued in my laboratory. Of particular interest to me are halogenated organic contaminants and their redox chemistry in the environment. Once these pollutants reach higher latitudes, I study their transformations as they interact with the abiotic and biotic environment of southeastern Alaska and how the contaminant’s environmental impact is controlled by those interactions. Both heavy metal and organic pollutant studies involve the use of state of the art analytical instrumentation including atomic absorption spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Collaborations with the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast biologists continue to support and strengthen my contaminant studies. In addition to contaminant studies, I conduct ongoing research into the habitat remediation and restoration potential of created wetlands. Collaborative efforts with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife have led to the development and continued study of two created wetlands in the Mendenhall valley. Results from this project have shown these landscape features serve as moderators of groundwater intrusion and stormwater runoff, provide for carbon sequestration and contaminant retention and allow for significantly improved habitat. All of my research projects at the University of Alaska Southeast have benefited from the contributions of my undergraduate research assistants.
The chemistry courses that I teach at the University of Alaska Southeast include general, organic and environmental chemistry.
The UAS Natural Science department is well equipped for gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry and ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectroscopy. I have taught Special Topics courses on contaminant attenuation in the natural environment and wetland chemistry. All of these courses provide valuable insight into natural processes and provide a foundation for understanding natural systems and the impacts of contemporary societies on those systems.
Regional Library Director
BFA, University of Alaska Anchorage; MLIS, University of Hawaii Manoa
LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy
LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students
Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 25 years. She became the new Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012. Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau. She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments. Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!
Provost's Council Agendas
- Provost Council Agenda 11-24-14
- Provost Council Agenda 10-27-14
- Provost Council Agenda 09-29-14
- Provost Council Agenda 07-28-14
- Provost Council Agenda 06-30-14
- Provost Council Agenda 05-28-14
- Provost Council Agenda 04-28-14
- Provost Council Agenda 03-31-14
- Provost Council Agenda 02-24-14
- Provost Council Agenda 01-27-14
- Provost Council Agenda 01-28-13
- Provost Council Agenda 02-25-13
- Provost Council Agenda 03-25-13
- Provost Council Agenda 04-29-13
- Provost Council Agenda 05-24-13
- Provost Council Agenda 06-21-13
- Provost Council Agenda 09-24-13
- Provost Council Agenda 09-30-13
- Provost Council Agenda 10-28-13
- Provost Council Agenda 11-14-13
- Provost Council Agenda 01-30-12
- Provost Council Agenda 02-27-12
- Provost Council Agenda 03-26-12
- Provost Council Agenda 04-30-12
- Provost Council Agenda 05-25-12
- Provost Council Agenda 07-02-12
- Provost Council Agenda 07-30-12
- Provost Council Agenda 08-27-12
- Provost Council Agenda 09-21-12
- Provost Council Agenda 10-29-12
- Provost Council Agenda 11-26-12
- Provost Council Agenda 01-10-11
- Provost Council Agenda 01-24-11
- Provost Council Agenda 02-07-11
- Provost Council Agenda 02-21-11
- Provost Council Agenda 03-21-11
- Provost Council Agenda 04-04-11
- Provost Council Agenda 04-18-11
- Provost Council Agenda 05-16-11
- Provost Council Agenda 05-27-11
- Provost Council Agenda 06-17-11
- Provost Council Agenda 06-27-11
- Provost Council Agenda 06-30-11
- Provost Council Agenda 07-11-11
- Provost Council Agenda 07-22-11
- Provost Council Agenda 08-29-11
- Provost Council Agenda 09-26-11
- Provost Council Agenda 02-01-10
- Provost Council Agenda 02-08-10
- Provost Council Agenda 02-15-10
- Provost Council Agenda 03-15-10
- Provost Council Agenda 03-22-10
- Provost Council Agenda 04-02-10
- Provost Council Agenda 05-03-10
- Provost Council Agenda 06-21-10
- Provost Council Agenda 07-12-10
- Provost Council Agenda 07-23-10
- Provost Council Agenda 08-06-10
- Provost Council Agenda 08-23-10
- Provost Council Agenda 09-10-10
- Provost Council Agenda 09-20-10
- Provost Council Agenda 10-04-10
- Provost Council Agenda 10-18-10
- Provost Council Agenda 11-08-10
- Provost Council Agenda 11-15-10
- Provost Council Agenda 11-29-10
- Provost Council Agenda 12-13-10
- Provost Council Agenda 01-12-09
- Provost Council Agenda 01-26-09
- Provost Council Agenda 02-23-09
- Provost Council Agenda 03-09-09
- Provost Council Agenda 04-06-09
- Provost Council Agenda 04-20-09
- Provost Council Agenda 06-08-09
- Provost Council Agenda 08-03-09
- Provost Council Agenda 08-31-09
- Provost Council Agenda 09-21-09
- Provost Council Agenda 10-19-09
- Provost Council Agenda 11-16-09
- Provost Council Agenda 12-07-09