Classes on Arctic issues

UAA students have opportunities to study Arctic issues across many disciplines from natural to social sciences, arts and humanities, and professional programs. Below are a few course offerings for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Anthropology and English

Name: Clare J. Dannenberg
Title: Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology
Phone: (907) 786-4386
Course(s): ANTH 210, Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 361, Language and Culture
LING 101, Nature of Language
LING 201, Intermediate Grammar
In each of these classes, I introduce information on Alaska Native languages and Alaskan Varieties of English.


Name: Sally Carraher
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (907) 786-1568
Course(s): Spring 2016: ANTH A200 - Native Peoples of Alaska (two sections). ANTH A200 is a broad comparative overview of Alaska's original peoples and cultures before the Russians first arrived marking the introduction of the colonial era in the late 1700s. The course draws information from early Russian and American journals and accounts, archaeology, ethnohistory, Native oral traditions, art, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and learning from living Elders. Name: Marie Lowe
Title: Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Phone: (907) 786-6534
Course(s): Cultural Anthropology ANTH A202.  This course is an introduction to the methods, theories, and fundamental concepts for the study of culture and society.  Alaska/Arctic cases. Offered every semester by anthropology department. Culture and Globalization ANTH A464/664.  The course investigate the relationship between culture and globalization by examining global capitalism and ethnographic experiences.  Alaska/Arctic cases.  Offered every other spring semester.  International Management BA A487.  This course emphasizes business and management practices across cultures and evaluates the skills that a global manager needs to succeed in an international context.  Alaska case.  Offered every fall semester.


Name: Herminia Din
Title: Professor of Art Education
Phone: (907) 786-1785
Course(s): Art203 Introduction to Art Education / Department of Art / Fall 2015. This course provides an overview to the foundations of art and museum education: theories, issues, and practices in historical and contemporary contexts. It explores rationales for teaching art, theories of children's developmental levels in art, content areas of art education (aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and studio art), teaching practices in classroom and non-traditional learning environment, and special topics focusing on art and design of the North.

Biological Sciences

Name: Jennifer Burns
Title: Professor
Phone: (907) 786-1527
Course(s): Biology 481 - Marine Biology (Fall 2015): This capstone GER course has a focus on Alaskan issues, and on how human activities and changes in climate patterns are effecting marine ecosystems, particularly in polar regions.

Civil Engineering

Name: Aaron Dotson
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (907) 786-6041
Course(s): CE 684 Arctic Utilities - Civil Engineering Course focuses on aspects of water and wastewater utility design in Arctic and Cold Regions with a focus on small rural communities.


Name: Jennifer Stone
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (907) 786-4373
Course(s): ENGL A111: Introduction to Composition--my sections focus on the theme of "place." All model essays are by writers in Alaska and are about issues in Alaska. Students write about place-based topics, many of which are related to Arctic contexts. I regularly teach this course online in the summer.
ENGL A476: History of the English Language--my sections include a unit on the history of English in Alaska. The unit covers key events in the history of the language, historical struggles related to language, language education, and language policy. Students engage in original undergraduate research about English language artifacts from Alaska. I teach this course every fall.

Geological Sciences

Name: Kristine J Crossen
Title: Professor and Chair
Phone: (907) 786-6838
Course(s): GEOL 454 and 654 - Glacial and Quaternary Geology - Fall 15 / Formation of glaciers and landforms produced by glaciers,  extent of past and present glaciers,  Quaternary (ice age) climate and environments in Alaska, recent and past climatre changes.
GEOL 455 and 655 - Permafrost - Sp 16 / Types and formation of permafrost.  Environmental and enginneering problems associated with permafrost.  History of past  and current climate change as related to permafrost.

History and Humanities

Name: Mark A. Schreiter, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (907) 942-9109
Course(s): HUM 212: Living Far North: Alaskans and the Environment, spring semester 2016.  Taught face-to-face but also with a video section that included students from various Alaska Native villages.  This course explores changing relationships between humans and nature throughout time in the northern circum-polar region, primarily Alaska, examining how natural forces actively shape society and how various cultures and individuals have perceived and transformed regional, national, and global environments.  While analyzing shifting ideologies toward the northern landscape, the course focuses on critical environmental themes and issues affecting Alaska and the Arctic, particularly recent developments pertaining to climate change and maritime ecosystems that carry immense implications for humans and the planet.


Name: Mara Kimmel
Course(s): Honors A292: Global Environmental Governance, Fall 2015 This course will provide a survey of global environmental governance. It covers the main historical developments that have occurred since the 1972 Stockholm Conference that launched the modern framework for global environmental governance, and covers the main theoretical issues that are debated in this area, and prepares students to become competently engaged in the debates over international environmental issues, and to take part in the process of thinking through the problems and dilemmas of global environmental governance. It then takes the broader context of global environmental governance and applies the dominant framework and theories in this area to the Circumpolar North. Alaska is America’s only Arctic state, and as the world increases its focus on northern environments as a source of economic and environmental values. Name: Paula Williams
Phone: (907) 786-1515
Course(s): Honors A292: Issues and Implications of Climate Change, Fall 2015
Explores the science and varying perspectives of climate change and how values and social paradigms shape those perspectives. Students will explore their values and gain a basic understanding of social science research methods and how to design research projects Name: Diane Hirshberg
Title: Professor of Education Policy and Director
Phone: (907) 786-5413
Course(s): Honors A292: Introduction to U.S. and International Arctic Policy Issues, Spring 2016. With the U.S. mid-way through the first of two years as chair of the Arctic Council, and rapid climate, political, economic and social changes happening across the Circumpolar north, understanding Arctic policy issues is critical for those living in the only Arctic state in the nation.  This class will provide an overview of current Arctic policy issues and students will learn how to research the understandings of these issues among their peers and the public.

Justice Center

Name: Ryan Fortson
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (907) 786-4886
Course(s): Tribal Courts and Alaska Native Rights (JUST/LEGL 485)

Kodiak College - Biology

Name: Cindy Trussell
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (907) 486-1224
Course(s): ENVI A211 and ENVI A211L Fall 2015 / I team teach this course with Linda Himelbloom. In the course we have a unit specifically on current Alaskan/Arctic science that changes each semester. We also have a unit that investigates how northern/arctic cultures view resource extraction around the world. In the lab we have a Google Earth unit on the receding ice off the northern coast of Alaska.

Sustainable Energy

Name: Mark Masteller
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (907) 745-9784
Course(s): Intro to Sustainable Energy, RE A100, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Applied Physics for Sustainable Energy, RE A102, Fall 2015
Intro Solar Photovoltaic Systems, RE A110, Fall 2015
Intro Solar Hot Water Systems, RE A120, Fall 2015
Home Energy Basics, RE A140, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Basics - Ground-source Heat Pumps, RE A150, Fall 2015
Intro Small Wind Systems, RE A130, Fall 2015
Biodiesel and Vegetable Oil Fuels Systems, RE A160, Fall 2015
Cold Climate Construction, RE A210, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Political Science

Name: Kimberly Pace
Title: Professor
Phone: (907) 786-4837
Course(s): Comparative Northern Politics, PS 312, Fall 2015 /  / This course entails a detailed comparative analysis of political systems, political actors, and political institutions across the northern region, to contrast such entities and evaluate the complex range of issues relevant to the region and the international community.  The class will include a 4 - 6 week Model Arctic Council component in which students will portray representatives from the Arctic 8 nations, Permanent Representatives or Working Groups.  Current real world issues will be discussed, debated, solutions proposed and meetings held.