Meet the Staff

Acting Graduate School Dean 
John Stalvey, PhD, Interim Provost

Interim Provost Picture

The Graduate School Dean, in their role as the Chief Academic Officer for Graduate education at UAA, has the responsibility for leadership and oversight of all graduate programs and issues. The Dean has administrative management of graduate programs, policies, program review, and program standards and supervises all elements of the Graduate School. The Graduate School staff, Graduate Academic Board (GAB), Graduate Council carry out the functions of the Graduate School based on his/her authority.

Dr. John Stalvey, Interim Provost of University of Alaska Anchorage has served as Dean of UAA’s College of Arts and Sciences since July 2012. He came to UAA from Kent State University where he served as an associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences since 2003. In this position he was primarily responsible for graduate affairs, faculty affairs and budget.

In addition to his college-level leadership, Dr. Stalvey has served as department administrator for computer science, as assistant chair for the Department of Biological Sciences and as coordinator of graduate studies for the department. A faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, Stalvey has conducted research in the fields of endocrinology and genetics since 1987 and has published broadly on his work. He’s secured external, competitive funding for his own research and for STEM education over the years, resulting in more than $4 million in funding.

A graduate of Williams College, Stalvey also earned a M.S. in physiology and a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Southern California.

Tel: 907-786-1050
ADM 201

Graduate School Director
Elisa Mattison, MA

Elisa Mattison

As Director, Ms. Mattison's responsibilities include efforts to design,  deliver and improve services that support graduate students from entry to completion of their degrees. This includes oversight of graduate student life at UAA. She collaborates with graduate programs and student organizations to enhance the academic, social, personal, and  cultural needs of graduate students. She oversees the day to day management of the Graduate School and the development of recruitment and retention initiatives that promote graduate student success by tracking student milestones in their programs. She is the first advisor with whom most future graduate students interact. Ms. Mattison oversees the design, development and delivery of training programs for graduate students, faculty who mentor graduate students, and staff who work in graduate programs. She serves as director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs at UAA and the Graduate Health Insurance Program for graduate assistants. She is also the "go-to" person for thesis advising regarding formatting, electronic submission and training, and thesis process. Ms. Mattison contributes to Graduate Academic Board and Graduate Council.

Ms. Mattison served as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and an ex-officio member the Board of Directors of the national Council of Graduate Schools. As president, she was responsible for hosting the WAGS Annual Meeting in Anchorage in March 2015.

Ms. Mattison has worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2000. Her experience with UAA has included positions as Adjunct Faculty, Enrollment Advisor, Program Coordinator, and Training Manager, in addition to being with the Office of Graduate Studies/Graduate School since 2006. She was Adjunct Faculty in Psychology at Anchorage Community College, and Assistant Director of the Degree Completion Program at Alaska Pacific University. She worked for the Career and Student Employment Services Center and the Office of Financial Aid at Western Michigan University.

Ms. Mattison's graduate degree from Western Michigan University is in Organizational Psychology and her current research interest is in Neuro-leadership.

Tel: 907-786-1096
BOC3 Suite 368

Graduate School Student Administrative Support

Sendy Snickers
Temporary Telephone: 907-786-1569
BOC3, Suite 368


  • Monday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Wedneday  OFF
  • Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am to 2:00pm