Skip to Main Content

Department

Humanities

The mission of the UAS Humanities Department is to help students develop independence, flexibility, and creativity in thinking and personal growth. Our programs facilitate student learning in the following areas:

The Humanities Department has a commitment to cultural diversity and to exposing students to multiple world views.

Explore Indigenous cultures and arts in the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples

Alaska Native Arts, Languages & Studies

Program coordinator: Dr. X̱’unei Lance Twitchell

Study the words and ideas that shape thought and culture.

English & Literature

Program coordinator: Emily Wall, M.F.A.

Join a team of adventurers

Environmental and Outdoor Studies

Program coordinator: Dr. Kevin Maier

Part of the Program on the Environment, Departments of Humanities and Natural Sciences

Combine a breadth of knowledge with a depth of understanding

Liberal Arts

Program coordinator: Dr. Andrea Dewees

 

Advising

Denise Carl

Denise Carl

Academic Advisor

Profile and contact info

Staff

Davina Cole

Northwest Coast Arts Program Coordinator

Profile and contact info

Suzi D. Vollmer

Administrative Assistant

Profile and contact info
Judith D. Ramos, M.A.T.

Judith D. Ramos, M.A.T.

Project Coordinator, Haa Yoo X’atángi Deiyí: Our Language Pathway,

Profile and contact info

Faculty

Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Profile and contact info
Emily Wall, B.A., M.F.A.

Emily Wall, B.A., M.F.A.

Professor of English

My passion is for poetry. I’ve been studying, writing, and publishing poetry for 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a connected and supportive writing community throughout Alaska.

Profile and contact info
Andrea L. Dewees

Andrea L. Dewees

Associate Professor of Spanish

Profile and contact info
Jeremy Kane, M.F.A.

Jeremy Kane, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Art

Profile and contact info
Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Professor of English

While my training is in 19th and 20th century American literature, my interests have always been in the cultural components of environmental concerns, often seen from the angle of sport hunting and fishing. Which is to say: I like to mix my outdoor recreation with hard questions about climate change, equity, and environmental justice.

Profile and contact info
Math Trafton, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Math Trafton, B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

In the classroom, Dr. Trafton is committed to empowering students through rigorous interdisciplinary exercises that challenge students according to their interests and their abilities.  He strives to support students in developing the experience, confidence, and skills to discover their voice and to use it effectively.

Profile and contact info
Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages

All systems and spaces have space for Indigenous languages, knowledges, arts, and peoples. You can study with us and stand up for Indigenous languages, ways of knowing, and decolonization in revolutionary self-love. Kakḵwa.áaḵw aag̱áa yakḵwadláaḵ: I will try, and I will succeed!

Profile and contact info
Teague Whalen, B.A., M.F.A.

Teague Whalen, B.A., M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English & Communication

Profile and contact info
Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Literary Theory; Literary Urban Studies; Material Cultures of Education; Nineteenth-Century Labor and Economic Theory; Allegory and the Essay; Cultures of Finance Capital

Profile and contact info
Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies, Humanities Department Chair

Profile and contact info
Rosemarie J. Alexander-Isett, Ph.D.

Rosemarie J. Alexander-Isett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Profile and contact info
Stephen Florian

Stephen Florian

Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication

Profile and contact info
Wayne Price, Master Carver

Wayne Price, Master Carver

Associate Professor of Northwest Coast Arts

Touch culture - carve knowledge - weave wisdom - dance identity - sew stories - sing tradition - live language - feel the drumbeat - breath our land

Profile and contact info
Liz Zacher, M.F.A.

Liz Zacher, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art

Profile and contact info
Heather D. Burge, B.L.A., M.A.

Heather D. Burge, B.L.A., M.A.

Term Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Profile and contact info

Emeritus Faculty

Art Petersen, Ph.D.

Art Petersen, Ph.D.

Professor of English, Emeritus

Profile and contact info
Susan Koester, Ph.D.

Susan Koester, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication, Emeritus

Profile and contact info
Ernestine Hayes, M.F.A.

Ernestine Hayes, M.F.A.

Professor of English, Emerita

Profile and contact info