Faculty

  • Shannon Gramse
    Photo of Shannon Gramse in front of a snowy background

    Shannon Gramse

    Chair, Associate Professor
    sggramse@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6889

    Shannon Gramse began teaching writing at UAA in 1996 while earning his M.F.A in poetry. When he is not teaching, writing, reading, or working to make UAA a better place for everyone, he loves to cross country ski and spend time with his family at their cabin on an island in the Susitna Valley. 

  • Carrie Aldrich
    Carrie Aldrich

    Carrie Aldrich

    Assistant Professor
    claldrich@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6480
    PSB 102-G

    Carrie Aldrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing. She earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Iowa, a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Bachelor’s degrees in English Education and Sociology from Indiana University. Carrie teaches a variety of writing courses, coordinates writing placement, is faculty liaison to the Writing Center, and serves as a member of the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee. Her research focuses on socio-cultural approaches to retention and success in first year writing. In all of her work, she strives to develop a healthy culture of literacy in homes, classrooms, and communities. She and her son live downtown Anchorage with two painted turtles and an ant farm.

  • Martha Amore
    Martha Amore

    Martha Amore

    Instructor
    mjamore@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-4381
    PSB 102-K

    Martha Amore achieved her M.F.A. from UAA in 2009, and she has been teaching, writing, and publishing ever since. She loves spending time with her family, hiking with her overly enthusiastic shepherd mix, and commuting to campus on her flashy bicycle.

  • Angela Andersen
     

    Angela Andersen

    Instructor
    asandersen@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-4372
    PSB 204

  • Chaun Ballard
    Chaun Ballard sitting on some steps reading a book with a dog sleeping next to him

    Chaun Ballard

    Instructor
    clballard@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6851
    PSB 102-N

    Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, a Callaloo fellow, and a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

    His chapbook, Flight, is the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Narrative Magazine, Rattle, The New York Times Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and other literary magazines. His work has received nominations for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize.

    He has lived in the Middle East and West Africa and has spent ten years wandering the halls of education, otherwise known as “Middle Earth.” He loves reading, writing, spending time with his wife, and learning from his colleagues and students alike, but he loathes inadvertently creating sentences with slant rhymes.

  • Aisha Barnes
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    Aisha Barnes

    Instructor
    aabarnes@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-4363
    PSB 102-P

  • Douglass Bourne
    Douglass Bourne

    Douglass Bourne

    Instructor
    dabourne@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-4380
    PSB 102-T

    After earning an MA in Literature and Composition and an MFA in Creative Writing, Douglass Bourne began teaching many writing/composition courses at UAA in 2011. During his free time, he enjoys working on his own writing projects, volunteering for the Anchorage International Film Festival, and spending time in the great outdoors of Alaska with his fiancé and their two dogs.

  • Shane Castle
    Shane Castle

    Shane Castle

    Instructor
    sdcastle@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6823
    PSB 102-N

    Shane Castle has taught a variety of writing courses at UAA and other universities since 2004. His writing has appeared in a number of well-respected literary journals and newspapers and he is an affiliate editor of Alaska Quarterly Review. Besides reading and writing, a few of his favorite activities include hiking, picking berries, and viewing wildlife.

  • Greg Hartley
    A photo of Greg Hartley wearing sunglasses and a hat, standing in front of rocks stacked in the shape of a person

    Greg Hartley

    Assistant Professor
    gphartley@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6843
    PSB 102-H

    Greg fell into higher education at a ridiculously early age and eventually wound up with a PhD in English Literature from the University of South Florida. While initially a specialist in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the long decades in academia have spawned a host of mini-professions as well: museum docent, children’s theatre, college registrar, even amateur travel agent. Greg won’t pursue anything that doesn't fascinate him, but fortunately nearly everything does.

  • Sarah Kirk
    A photo of Sarah Kirk standing in front of a lake with sunglasses

    Sarah Kirk

    Professor
    sjkirk@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6851

    Sarah Kirk began teaching basic reading and writing at UAA in 1994 for the Department of Developmental Education. Raised in Chugiak, Alaska, Sarah has lived briefly in other countries: Australia, Italy, and Norway. Soon, she plans to spend time living and teaching in Vietnam. She enjoys her husband’s cooking, her daughter’s laughter, and watching UAA volleyball games.

  • Sarah Prielipp
     

    Sarah Prielipp

    Assistant Professor
    seprielipp@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6889
    PSB 102-J

  • Don Rearden
    Photo of Don with black background

    Don Rearden

    Professor
    djrearden@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6893
    PSB 102-L

    According to The Washington Post, Don Rearden is “a master of suspense.” A novelist, screenwriter, and sometimes poet, his books include The Raven's Gift, Never Quit, and Warrior's Creed. When he's not hanging out with rock stars and celebrities, he spends time at an undisclosed location in the mountains with his family and a pair of ravens. 

  • Sara Rufner
    Sara Rufner

    Sara Rufner

    Instructor
    sjrufner@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-6871
    PSB 102-R

    Sara Rufner has lived in Alaska since 2001 and earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from UAA in 2004. In her free time, Sara enjoys running, and exploring the outdoors with her family.