Sitka Faculty are Chosen for their Experience
Before they became teachers and researchers, most Sitka faculty members worked as practitioners in their chosen fields.
Camielle Call, Program Development Manager
David Sexton, Justice Professor
"I started, fresh out of high school, with a two-year degree in law enforcement. From there I went on to a bachelors and a masters degree.
To get into law enforcement, there's a waiting period. You have to be 21 to join this field. When you graduate from high school, you're 18. What are you going to do with those 3 years? You can work in fast food, you can work in fishing ... or you can get yourself this two-year degree.
So by the time you are 21 you have a background ... you are ready to be hired. You can talk intelligently, you can test intelligently. Law enforcement is not an easy profession to break into. There are usually many more applicants than there are openings. You have to do something to rise to the top of the pile ... having a degree is one way to do that."
Cheryl Stromme, Student Success Advisor
"We are here to help students, wherever you live."
Liz Zacher, Art Professor
"I went to college at the University of Hartford, primarily to start as a psychology major. I was really interested in the realm of art therapy. And I did research and found that most of the art therapy programs required a degree in psychology and also in fine art ... but I had no idea where to start.
So I focused on my psychology degree and dabbled in art. Once I came to ceramics, my life kind of changed! It was also at a point in my pursuit of a degree in psychology that I was working on my thesis project ... I had been working with kids that had dealt with some bad life situations. I came to a crossroads in my professional path - realizing I'm a very sensitive person, and hearing about the abuse that a lot of these kids had gone through - it was super challenging for me. And I said, "there's no way I'm going to be able to be a psychologist, I'll be crying all the time."
So it was very convenient to have ceramics come into my life at that point. It was an amazing community of artists, and I just fell in love. I knew then, that was my focus."