Jessica RossMEdTL, RDH

jessica ross smiling in front of trees with yellow leaves
Assistant Professor
Alaska Native Studies
PSB 218G


Currently enrolled as a PhD Student in Indigenous Studies, Master of Education Teaching and Learning, Bachelors of Science Dental Hygiene.


Professor Ross is a Dena'ina tribal member of the Native Village of Eklutna. She serves as an Assistant professor for the Human Services program and Alaska Native Studies program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Professor Ross' education includes current work towards a PhD in Indigenous Studies, a Master degree in Education - Teaching and Learning, and a Bachelor Degree in Science - Dental Hygiene. Professor Ross began her teaching career in 2016 at the University of Alaska while leading head and neck anatomy, patient management, instrumentation and clinical practicum courses in the Dental Hygiene program. Her work in Human Services allows her to continue her work developing Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed (CRTI) approaches to practice while also leading efforts on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) program. Professor Ross founded the Nughejagh project (Dena'ina for "To become healed") which is a participatory project that explores the implications of trauma and potential healing impacts of Indigenous cultural revitalization.

Teaching Responsibilities

HUMS A156, A254, A321


Professional & Department Service

Human Services Lead Faculty for ICWA OEC program

Founder of Nughejagh Project

Assistant Professor Department of Human Services and Alaska Native Studies Program