Faculty & Staff

The Social Work faculty is composed of academically strong individuals who are working together to develop an active, dynamic school.

These individuals have a wealth of BSW and MSW educational experience, involvement with professional associations nationally and locally, rich records of service and scholarship, and a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding Alaska's unique needs and populations and social work practice in Alaska.


 

Faculty

David Moxley

David MoxleyProfessor & Director

 

 

Donna Aguiniga, Ph.D., MSW

Donna AguinigaAssociate Professor

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6906
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    dmaguiniga@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Introduction to Social Welfare
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • Practice
    • Policy
    • Human Behavior

    Curriculum Vitae
     
    Research Interests
    • Child Welfare
    • Homelessness
    • Poverty
    • Family Functioning
    • Community Development
    • Rural Communities
    • Social Work Education

    Education
    2010
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work - University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
    2001
    • Master of Social Work - Boise State University - Boise, ID
    1998
    • Bachelor of Science in History and Psychology - Eastern New Mexico University - Portales, NM

Mary Dallas Allen, Ph.D., MSW

Mary Dallas Allen

Associate Professor &
MSW Program Coordinator

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6992
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    mdallen@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Research Methods


    Curriculum Vitae


    Professional & Departmental Service
    • MSW Program Coordinator
    • Advisor for students pursuing School Social Work Certification

    Education
    2008
    • Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research - Portland Sate University - Portland, OR
    • Dissertation:"Attributes of Effective Head Start Mental Health Consultants: A Mixed Methods Study of Rural and Urban Programs." Chair: Eileen Brennan
    2001
    • Master of Social Work - Virginia Commonweath University - Richmond, VA
    • Clinical Social Work Practice Concentration - Virginia Commonweath University - Richmond, VA
    • Certificate in School Social Work - Virginia Commonweath University - Richmond, VA
    1995
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - The College of William and Mary - Williamsburg, VA

Tracey Burke, Ph.D., MSW

Tracey Burke

Professor

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6905
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    tkburke@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • Practice
    • Diversity
    • Human Behavior & the Social Environment (HBSE)
    • Departmental Honors


    Curriculum Vitae


    Professional & Departmental Services
    • UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
    • UAA School fo Social Work BSW Curriculum Committee
    • Alaska Food Coalition & Food Bank of Alaska
    • SaveAlaska - State Commission for Community Service

    Research Interests
    • Food security & poverty
    • Service provision in rural Alaska
    • Civic development & service learning

    Education
    2003
    • Ph.D. in Social Welfare - University of Washington, School of Social Work- Seattle, WA
    1994
    • Master of Social Work - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Social Work - Minneapolis, MN
    1989
    • Bachelor of Arts - Villanova University, PHiosophy Department & Honors Program - Villanova, PA

Patrick Cunningham, DSW, MSW

Patrick Cunningham

Professor

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6902
    Fax: (907)786-6912 
    pmcunningham@alaska.edu

    Website: http://hosting.uaa.alaska.edu/afpmc/

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Introduction to Social Welfare
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • Communities and Organization
    • Geriatric Social Work Practice
    • Policy
    • Practice

    Education
    1989
    • Doctor of Social Work - University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work - Salt Lake City, UT
    1964
    • Master of Social Work - Fordham University, School of Social Service - New York City, NY
      • Concentration: Psychiatric Social Work
    1960
    • Bachelor of Science in Sociology - University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT

Alexa Filanowicz, MSW, LCSW

Alexa Filanowicz

Clinical Assistant Professor & 
BSW Field Education Coordinator

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6908
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    afilanowicz@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Practicum
    • Practice


    Curriculum Vitae


    Professional & Departmental Services
    • BSW Field Education Coordinator
    • Faculty Representative for the Social Work Coalition (student club)

    Education
    2009
    • Certificate in Children's Mental Health - University of South Florida
    2007
    • Master of Social Work - University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, Alaska
    2004
    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - University of Utah
      • Minor in Gender Studies
      • Criminology Certificate

Vanessa Meade, Psy.D., MSW, LCSW

 Vanessa Meade

Clinical Assistant Professor

 

  • Contact
    Phone: (907)786-6903
    Fax: (907)786-6912
     
  • Roles & Education
     
    Education
    2015
    • Doctor of Psychology - Alaska Pacific University
    1999
    • Master of Social Work - Aurora University
    1996
    • Bachelor of Social Work - Western Illinois University
    • Minor in Law Enforcement Justice and Administration

Elizabeth Sirles, Ph.D., MSW

Elizabeth Sirles

Professor Emerita

  • Contact
  • Roles & Education
    Professional & Departmental Service
    • served as Director for 22 years

    Education
    1984
    • Ph.D. in Social Work - Washington Univsersity - St. Louis, MO
    1980
    • Master of Social Work - University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
    1979
    • Bachelor of G S, Psychology and Biology - University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

Kathi Trawver, Ph.D., LMSW

Kathi Trawver

Associate Professor &
BSW Program Coordinator
  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6915
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    krtrawver@alaska.edu 

  • Roles & Education
    Teaching Responsibilities
    • Research
    • Social Work Practice

    Professional & Departmental Services
    • BSW Program Coordinator

    Education
    2011
    • Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin
    1998
    • Master of Social Work - University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, AK
    1979
    • Bachelor of Social Work - University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, IA

Stephanie Vaughn, MSSW, LCSW

Stephanie_VaughnClinical Assistant Professor &
MSW Field Education Coordinator

  • Contact
    Phone: (907)786-6901
    Fax: (907)786-6912
     
  • Roles & Education


    Professional & Departmental Services
    • MSW Field Education Coordinator

    Education
    1980
    • Master of Science in Social Work - University of Texas at Arlington
    1977
    • Bachelor of Arts - Trinity University

 

Staff

Sharie Field, Academic Specialist

Sharie Field
  • Contact

    Academic Specialist

    Phone: (907) 786-6971
    Fax: (907) 786-6912
    Sharie@alaska.edu
  • Role
    Sharie's primary responsibilities as the Academic Specialist is to provide support to all faculty and students with various general office needs and all academic aspects of the MSW and BSW programs, including the distance-delivery program. She is also cross-trained in the School's overall procedures and offers assistance to all visitors and callers.

Holland McMullen, Business Manager

Holland McMullen

  • Contact

    Business Manager

    Phone: (907) 786-6911
    Fax: (907) 786-6912 
    hbmcmullen@alaska.edu
  • Role
    As the Business Manager for the School of Social Work, Holland is responsible for administering MSW admissions, personnel, budget, staff supervision, and other activities. Holland is the primary contact person for questions about MSW admissions.

Eva Wilson, Program Assistant & Travel Coordinator

Eva Wilson
  • Contact

    Program Assistant

    Phone: (907) 786-6900
    Fax: (907) 786-6912 
    Eva@alaska.edu
  • Role
    Eva's primary roll is to provide travel, fiscal and academic support to the BSW and MSW programs. She is cross-trained in many department procedures and is available to assist all visitors and callers.

Bethany Zabala, Program Assistant

Bethany Zabala
  • Contact

    Program Assistant

    Phone: (907) 786-6900
    Fax: (907) 786-6912 
    Bethany@alaska.edu
  • Role
    Bethany's primary roll is to provide academic and fiscal support to the BSW and MSW programs. She is cross-trained in many department procedures and is available to assist all visitors and callers.

 

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