Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart

Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart
Assistant Professor
Alaska Native Studies
SSB 377


Sondra received her MA in 2016 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition Teaching. Her project was focused on task-based language teaching which you teach Native language through cultural projects.


Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart is Ahtna Dene of the taltsiine (water clan) and Pyramid Lake Paiute of the cui-ui ticutta (fish-eaters). Sondra, is a Nay'dini'aa Na' Kayax (Chickaloon Native Village) Tribal citizen. Sondra is wife and mother of three wonderful men and she currently lives at Kahtnu (Kenai); 150 miles south of Anchorage. Sondra has served as a Chickalooon Village Traditional Council Member since 2019. Sondra is a standing committee member on the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Education Committee, a board member on the Benteh/Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board, the Ce’yiits Hwnax Life House Community Health Center Advisory Committee. Even though she is a language learner, she would like to develop ways for the Ahtna language to grow in our communities and the world. She hopes to honor her family and ancestors by sharing what she has learned, especially with the younger generations.

Teaching Responsibilities

Shaginoff-Stuart teaches Alaska Native Studies course.

Research Interests

Second Language Acquisition Dene Langauge Education Task-Based Language Learning Community Building