Aisha Barnes

Aisha Barnes

Term Instructor
Office: ADM 101N
Phone: (907) 786-4363


Aisha Barnes teaches primarily general education literature and writing courses, as well as World Literature and Creative Writing. Her background is in literary studies, and curriculum and instruction. Aisha is currently the coordinator and advisor for the undergraduate creative writing minor.

She was an Assistant Professor and Director of English Education at Western Illinois University before moving to Alaska, and has taught at The University of Utah, University of California Davis, and public and private high schools in California and Utah.  She has received numerous teaching awards including the Utah State Teacher of the Year Award. 

She has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in poetry, and her graduate work in curriculum and instruction focused primarily on curriculum decision-making in literary studies, and the impact of new curriculum theory and pedagogy on teacher practices and decision-making.Aisha is a consultant for the College Board assessing The Advance Placement Literature, Praxis, and TOEIC exams. Her conference presentations have included papers on teaching poetry, young adult literature, and alternate literacies.


B.A. The Evergreen State College

M.A. (English) Claremont Graduate School

Ph.D. (ABD) (Curriculum and Instruction) University of Iowa

Teaching Responsibilities

Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Literature, Masterpieces of World Literature, Composition, and Writing About Literature

Professional and Departmental Service

Coordinator & Advisor of the Creative Writing &Literary Arts Minor