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January 23, 2014
Join Us to Discuss COH Strategic Planning Recommendations

You are invited to discuss the strategic planning recommendations selected as most important by College of Health faculty and staff. The purpose of the discussions is to further develop the recommendations and to gather ideas on how to implement the recommendations in the COH and its units. The information developed in these discussions will be used to help create the college's strategic priorities, and the directions and goals in the college's new strategic plan, which will be completed early in 2014.


The discussions regarding the prioritized recommendations will be held as follows:


Discussion Group 1: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (1:30 PM). Priority 1. Promoting a wide range of collaborative opportunities.

Discussion Group 2: Thursday, January 30, 2014 (9:30 AM). Priority 2. Fully developing career pathways.

Discussion Group 3: Thursday, January 30, 2014 (1:30 PM). Priority 3. Taking a leadership role in health research.

Discussion Group 4: Friday, January 31, 2014 (9:30 AM). Priority 4. Innovation using creative solutions.

Discussion Group 5: Friday, January 31, 2014 (1:30 PM). Priority 5. Developing an interdisciplinary curriculum.


Meeting locations for the discussion groups will be announced when confirmed.


Your participation in one or more of the discussions is very important to the overall success of the College's strategic planning initiative. Please sign up for one or more of the discussion groups:
New Interdisciplinary Education Project Funded by the COH


The College of Health funded a new interdisciplinary education project. In November, the College solicited submissions from faculty for creative and innovative proposals to advance the College's interdisciplinary mission.


This new effort funds revisions to a module within the course HS 220: Core Concepts in Health Sciences taught by Bree Kessler. This GER course is a large survey of topics related to the health sciences, including one module on "Health and Law." The revision will involve organizing a mock trial related to a health care topic, which will bring in students from LEGL 385 Health Care Law taught by Kristin Knudsen.


The mock trial will take place during the Fall 2014 semester. In preparation, Professors Kessler and Knudsen will identify a relevant court case and create materials to help students prepare for their roles in the mock trial. Professor Knudsen's students will take on the roles of lawyers and judges and the HS 220 students will serve as the jury. The mock trial may also involve students from other COH departments to serve as expert witnesses. For more information, visit:


As a requirement of the award, faculty members will be making a public presentation regarding the design, implementation, and outcome of the project.


For more information, contact: Randy Magen, PhD, Associate Dean for Curriculum at 786-6901 or
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee meets Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9:00 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.

Reviews of curricular documents follow guidelines in the
UAA Curriclum Handbook (the latest revision is June 2013). The committee identified the issue of duplication of courses across academic units. The Interprofessional Education Committee has a preliminary listing of courses which may be duplicated across academic units. This listing is not complete but is an initial attempt to identify courses where the opportunity for interprofessional education exists. Identifying existing and new courses for interprofessional education will continue during this academic year.

Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)

CCEL Hosts Monthly "Think Tank"     

On February 20 (11:30 AM - 12:45 PM), CCEL's monthly "Think Tank" for a non-profit agency will pose a question for brainstorming and discussion. Susan Bomalaski, from Catholic Social Services, will discuss "Serving the homeless in Anchorage: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling."

Please join us in Lib 307 for a brown bag discussion!


Dialogues for Public Life 


CCEL will participate as a member of an invited cohort in an initiative of the Kettering Foundation this year to organize Centers for Public Life. The Kettering Foundation is a research organization with an interest in working with institutions of higher education that "seek to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the public engagement and the public deliberation of pressing local or national issues."


The initiative provides the funding to engage two faculty members in a "cycle of joint learning" (four workshops from Feb 2014 - Feb 2015) with the purpose of using National Issues Forums (NIF) material and processes to bring citizens into deliberation on public issues, and to train students and/or community members in convening and deliberating public issues.


The two faculty who have been chosen to participate as Faculty Associates with the CCEL as the Dialogues for Public Life representatives are: Donna M. Aguiniga, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Stephanie Bauer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-director of the Ethics Center at UAA.

The two faculty will travel to the Kettering Foundation and join a cohort in February, June, October, and February 2015 -- followed by a research grant opportunity.


Winter Design Experiment 


Join the CCEL, Winterfest planners in Student Affairs, and faculty from the Arts, Engineering, Math, and Health Sciences for a transformation of the Lucy Cuddy Quad in late February. Snowmen, ice lanterns, fire pits, snow painting, a signature "Seawolves Cinnamon Paw," and warm drinks were created especially for this week-long event. This event is timed to coincide with Fur Rondy. Watch for events to bring campus and the community together for WinterFest and a faculty-led project for a design intervention in social spaces.


Urban in Alaska 2nd Annual Conference 


Save the dates for Friday and Saturday, March 28th & 29th. Friday on campus will focus on social issues that arise in this urban space of Anchorage, with breakout sessions in the afternoon on neighborhood writing, music in the community, and more. On Saturday, there will be many community partners in the Performing Arts Center in a design charrette for the Town Square. Friday and Saturday end-of-the-day events will delight and astound. We are seeking faculty and students to participate in one or both days!


Faculty Intensive for Community Engagement - Preview Announcement!  


Save May 12, 13, 14 for a 3-day intensive in Community Engagement. Sessions include Dr. Patti Clayton on how to prepare materials on community engaged scholarship for promotion and tenure files, and Judy Owens-Manley on preparing a community engaged course and community partnerships. We will have space for about 12 faculty with a $500 stipend for the course and $500 for completion of requirements.


Faculty Mini-grants 


CCEL awarded $14,242 to seven faculty projects, including Kathi Trawver in the College of Health, Naomi Torrance in Nursing, and Sharon Chamard in the Justice Center. Additionally, a project with Joy Mapaye focused on a non-smoking campus.   

Center for Human Development

CHD LEND Recruitment Begins January 15 for the 2014-15 Cohort  

Do you have graduate students who might be interested in becoming leaders in the field of developmental disabilities and /or Autism Spectrum Disorder? Do you know graduate students who want to gain skills and make connections in Alaska in her/his field? If so, please share this information.

Alaska LEND Without Walls
provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for individuals who have a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services. The program aims to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or who are at risk for developing autism and other developmental disabilities. Completion of the training program results in a workforce credential and includes a stipend.

Graduate students and practicing professionals in the fields of nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education, education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or medicine are invited to apply. We are also recruiting parents and family members of children with a developmental disability.
We will be accepting applications January 15 - March 15 for the 2014-2015 Alaska LEND Without Walls Program. Interested individuals can find out more and request an application at
Justice Center


Prof. Fortson Elected Vice-President/President-Elect of Anchorage Bar Association


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Justice faculty, was recently elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Anchorage Bar Association Board of Directors. The Anchorage Bar Association is a voluntary association of Anchorage-area lawyers and other law office professionals serving the legal profession by fostering public respect for and trust in the members of the legal profession, encouraging collegiality and lifelong learning among its members, and promoting equal access to justice for all persons. The Anchorage Bar provides direct member benefits and law-related public service. For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Speaks to Paralegals about Alaska's Marijuana Laws 


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Justice faculty, addressed the monthly lunch meeting of the Alaska Association of Paralegals (AAP) on Thursday, January 9. He discussed the current state of Alaska's marijuana laws and the conflict between state and federal laws. About 20 paralegals attended the event, including a number of former Justice Center graduates who are currently working as paralegals for firms and agencies in Anchorage. Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on constitutional issues and civil liberties, and is the author of an article published in the December 2012 Alaska Law Review "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have the Right To Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes." For more information, visit:


Prof. Periman and Dr. Everett Ramp Up Making Learning Visible for Spring 2014 Semester


Prof. Periman, JD, and Dr. Ron Everett, Justice faculty, met with the Spring 2014 UAA faculty participants in the Making Learning Visible project. This project of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) is UAA's venture into the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The January 17 program focused on "Jumping into Scholarly Teaching." Participants are part of a book group where faculty from diverse fields gather and engage in a discussion around a common book of case studies on the scholarship of teaching. Another aspect of the project involves a portfolio group where faculty engage in a scholarship of teaching project in their own classrooms. For more information, visit: 


Drs. Rosay and Rivera Picked as Co-Conveners for Healthy Alaskans 2020 Workgroup 


Dr. Andr´┐Ż Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, have been selected as co-conveners for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Strategy Workgroup responsible for identifying key strategies and actions steps related to reducing the:

  • Rate of child maltreatment, 
  • Rate of rape, and 
  • Percentage of adolescents who were ever physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Drs. Rosay and Rivera will be working with content experts over the next several months and will facilitate the discussion and activities of this workgroup. Results from all the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Workgroups will be submitted by April 2014. Other UAA participants in the Healthy Alaskans 2020 project include College of Health Dean Bill Hogan, a past member of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Advisory Team, and Dr. David Driscoll, Director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies. The advisory team has been key in: establishing the vision, mission, and values of the project; prioritizing health goals; and finalizing actions for success to reach those goals. For more information, visit:


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • January 23 - Leadership team meeting  
  • February 7 - Non-renewal notices, term faculty with 7+ years of service
  • February 13 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 13 (1-5 PM) - Strategic planning with Eric Britten 
  • February 14 (9 AM - 5 PM) - Strategic planning with Eric Britten  
  • February 14 - Emeritus application deadline
  • February 14 - UNAC non-retention notices to 1st year tenure-track faculty
  • February 27 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs
  • March 10-17 - Spring Break (March 14 is employee holiday)
  • March 13 - Leadership team meeting 
  • March 17 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 26 - UAFT & UNAC non-renewal notices to faculty with 3-6 years of service
  • March 27 - Leadership team meeting 
  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean

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