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

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David Moxley

DIrector and Professor

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Donna Aguiniga, PhD., MSW

Associate 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

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Mary Dallas Allen, PhD., MSW

Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator

  • Contact

    Phone: (907) 786-6992

    Fax: (907) 786-6912

    mdallen7@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education

    Teaching Responsibilities

    • Research Methods


    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 State 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 Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA

    1995

    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - The College of William and Mary - Williamsburg, VA

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Tracey Burke, PhD., MSW

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, Philosophy Department & Honors Program - Villanova, PA
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Alexa Filanowicz, MSW LCSW

Term Assistant Professor and BSW Field 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

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Vanessa Meade, Psy.D., MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor

 

  • Contact

    Phone: (907)786-6903

    Fax: (907)786-6912

    vmeade@alaska.edu

  • 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

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Elizabeth Sirles, PhD., MSW

Professor Emerita

  • Contact
  • Roles & Education

     Professional & Departmental Service

    • served as Director for 22 years


    Education

    1984

    • Ph.D. in Social Work - Washington University - 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
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Kathi Trawver, Ph.D., LMSW

Professor and 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

portrait of stephanie vaughnStephanie Vaughn, MSSW, LCSW

Term Instructor and MSW Field Education Coordinator 

 
  • Contact
     

    Phone: (907)786-6901

    Fax: (907)786-6912

    slvaughn@alaska.edu

  • 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

portrait of jordan lewisJordan Lewis, CPG, MSW, PhD.

Director, National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders 

portrait of heidi brocious Heidi Brocious, PhD, MSW

Associate  Professor

  • Contact
     hlbrocious@alaska.edu
  • Roles & Education

     

    Teaching Responsibilities

    • Foundation Research Methods

    • Program Evaluation

    • Social Policy

    Education

    • 2013 Ph.D. in Social Work - University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    • 1999 Master of Social Work - Walla Walla University, Walla Walla, Washington

    • 1995 Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education - University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau AK

    Research/Academic Interests

    • Community driven research
    • Rural social work and practices issues 
    • Housing First and programs to address homelessness
    • Adoption and ethnicity

portrait of amana mbiseAmana Mbise, PhD.

Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow 

Staff

portrait of sharieSharie Field

Academic Specialist

  • Contact
     

    Phone: (907) 786-6971

    Fax: (907) 786-6912 

    sharie@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education

    Sharie's primary responsibility is to provide support to all faculty and students with all academic aspects of the MSW and BSW programs. She works diligently with the Director and Program Coordinators to ensure semester-specific courses are properly on the schedule. Sharie closely monitors new BSW & MSW Admissions, provides support to both Field Coordinators to ensure all paperwork is gathered from practicum agencies and site supervisors, and is proficient in performing the School's overall procedures in order to offer  assistance to all visitors and callers. 

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 Chrissy Wilson

Business Manager

  • Contact
     

    Phone: (907) 786-6911

    Fax: (907) 786-6912 

    chrissy.wilson@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education

     As the Business Manager for the School of Social Work, Chrissy is responsible for administering MSW admissions, personnel, budget, staff supervision, and other activities. Chrissy is the primary contact person for questions about MSW admissions.

portrait of eva wilsonEva Wilson

Program Assistant and Travel Coordinator

  • Contact
     

    Phone: (907) 786-6900

    Fax: (907) 786-6912

    egwilson2@alaska.edu 

  • Roles & Education

     Eva's primary roll is to provide travel 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.

portrait of shar millerShar Miller

Program Assistant

  • Contact
     

    Phone: (907) 786-6900

    Fax: (907) 786-6912

    slmiller@alaska.edu

  • Roles & Education

    Shar works closely with the business manager and program coordinators. She assists students with academic paperwork, helps maintain school files, and evaluation processes. She is often the first point of contact in the department to answer questions and direct students to the appropriate staff and faculty.

portrait of thomas mooreThomas Moore

Communications Specialist

  • Contact
     

    Email: tlmoore9@alaska.edu

    Phone: 907-786-0327

  • Roles & Education

     Thomas is our communications specialist who manages our social media pages and works as our photographer covering student and school events. Additionally, he produces video content featuring students, faculty, and highlighting different aspects of the School