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June 19,  2014

Curriculum Process Going Electronic     


The Governance Office is currently working with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Registrar to move the curriculum process entirely to an electronic form. This will help make the process simpler and more efficient for faculty and departments. Current efforts are focused on working with the software vendor regarding the layout of forms. The plan is to test the process in the fall with a university-wide roll out in the spring

UAA E-Catalog is Live 

UAA's first E-Catalog is live and ready for use
. The complete 2014-15 catalog has a search feature, crumb trail, internal and external links, immediate access to course descriptions every time a course is mentioned, and PDF/print-options. The E-Catalog is available at:
Invitation for COH Interdisciplinary Research RFA

Dr. David Driscoll, Associate Dean for Research of the College of Health (COH), is soliciting applications from UAA investigators proposing interdisciplinary research projects. Applications are due September 15, 2014. For more information, download the RFA (pdf).
Minor Safety on Campus

UA's consultant for Minor Safety on Campus, Praesidium Inc, developed employment selection and recruitment guides. The three guides (interview questions, reference questions, and high risk indicators) were sent out for consideration as inclusion in evaluating potential UAA employees. For questions regarding implementation, please contact HR or the UA Risk Manager, Nancy Spink (907-450-8153).

In our May 21, 2014 newsletter, we incorrectly stated that the Dean of the School of Education resigned. It was in fact the Dean of Engineering who resigned.

Unit Updates
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Publication Recognizes Excellence       

The CCEL, with support from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement and Academic Support, produced "Teaching Excellence in an Engaged University," recognizing outstanding faculty and community engaged teaching in Biology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Accounting, Theatre, Political Science, Social Work, Computer Information Systems, Honors, Architectural Drafting, Civic Engagement, and a multi-disciplinary project at Kenai Peninsula College. The publication tells the stories of our engaged projects and student participation in a wide variety of community settings. It includes stories about Tracey Burke's Cultural Diversity and Community Service-Learning course and the Introduction to Civic Engagement course in the College of Health. Download the publication at  


CCEL Hosts Community-Engaged Teaching 


The CCEL hosted Dr. Patti Clayton in mid-May to train a dozen faculty at UAA in the art of community-engaged teaching. Faculty across the disciplines will form a learning community next year to implement plans for service-learning courses with new teaching methods, and to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Community-engaged faculty, with CCEL, will form their own "Making Learning Visible" group in partnership with the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAF�). Participants included Donna Aguiniga (Social Work) and Kathy Stephenson (Nursing), who participated in one of the 3-day intensive.


RFPs Due August 22   


RFPs are out for Faculty Mini-grants and Community-Engaged Student Assistants for fall. They are due Friday, August 22, 2014.


Application Submitted for Carnegie Foundation Designation 


The Community Engagement Task Force submitted an application for the Carnegie Foundation designation as an Engaged University on April 15th. Those institutions receiving the designation will be announced on January 1, 2015. The task force also held a retreat led by Dr. Patti Clayton on Saturday, May 10 to debrief the application experience and to formulate a work plan for 2014-15 for the task force. The work plan will be communicated in the fall, and this year the task force will be chaired by Deb Periman, Justice Center.


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Summer Seminar in Health Literacy: Agenda & Presenters Announced

The Summer Seminar in Health Literacy will take place August 6, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The agenda and presenters have been announced and are listed in the flyer below. Abstracts for poster submissions are due by June 30, 2014. Students are especially encouraged to submit. For more information, download the seminar flyers below or contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson at or 907-786-6545.


Tammy Zulz, MPH '07, was featured in the Green & Gold "Alumni Spotlight." "Tammy Zulz will admit her UAA story is a little unique. Unlike most graduate students, she kept the same exact job before, during and after her master's program. But earning her degree was no small feat; she blitzed through the Master of Public Health program, graduating in half the recommended time by doubling up on public health 24/7."  Read more about Tammy.


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ICHS Pregnancy Test Study Recognized on Today Show    


Dr. Janet Johnston, ICHS, appeared on the Today Show on June 17th. She discussed the kick-off of an evaluation project focused on reducing FASD through the placement of pregnancy test kits in bar restrooms. Read the Today Show segment.


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Dr. Rivera Presents at UAA's First Healthy Minds Conversation
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, and Dr. Gabriel Garcia, Department of Health Sciences, co-presented at UAA's first "Healthy Minds Conversation" on April 22. They discussed their research on "Health Correlates of Female Victimization" which looked at the effect of race on the health conditions of women who have experienced violence in their lives. The event is available as a UAA podcast. For more information, visit:

Prof. Brandeis' Research Quoted in Article
An article by Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty at the Justice Center, was quoted on, a recently launched general interest online news site. The article "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have a Constitutional Right to Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes" was published in the December 2012 issue of the Alaska Law Review. Itaddresses the unique history and case law surrounding the Alaska Constitution's right to privacy and how it applies to private, personal marijuana use. Read the article by German Lopez (May 21, 2014):"The Next State To Legalize Marijuana Could Be ...Alaska?" For more information, visit:

Dr. Rosay Appointed to Working Group   

US Department of Justice National Indian Country Training Initiative appointed Dr. Andr� Rosay, Justice Center Director, to serve on the Working Group on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking Involving Alaska Natives. The Department of Justice launched the initiative in 2010 to ensure that federal prosecutors, as well as state and tribal criminal justice personnel, receive the training and support needed to address the challenges of Indian country prosecutions. For more information, visit:


Justice Center First UAA Unit to Publish Research on ScholarWorks@UA    


ScholarWorks@UA is the statewide online institutional repository for digital copies of research and scholarship by University of Alaska (UA) faculty, staff, and students. Launched in September 2013, this website provides free public access to digital documents. The Justice Center is the first unit at UAA to have its research published on ScholarWorks@UA. The UA campuses in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Southeast are the primary participants in this first phase, and research from other campuses will be added in the future. For more information, visit:


Dr. Jane Palmer to Speak on June 25 About Vicarious Trauma

Dr. Jane Palmer,
American University School of Public Affairs, a noted researcher in the area of vicarious trauma training, will speak to UAA researchers involved with trauma material. A roundtable discussion will follow her presentation.
  • Date: Wednesday, June 25 (11 AM - 1 PM)
  • Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library LIB 214
  • RSVP: Dr. Brad Myrstol at 

For more information, visit: 

Prof. Knudsen Publishes Article in Alaska Law Review

Prof. Kristin Knudsen Latta, JD, Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, had an article published in the June 2014 issue of Alaska Law Review: "The Role of Non-Lawyers on Administrative Tribunals: What Lay Members Think About Law, Lawyers, and Their Own Participation in Alaska's Mixed Administrative Tribunals." Prof. Knudsen conducted the first survey study of Alaska non-lawyer members who serve on adjudicatory tribunals, and examined the members' perspective of serving on tribunals. For more information, visit:


Justice Majors' Work on "UAA Says NO MORE" Highlighted in Anchorage Daily News


Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, Justice majors/Legal Studies minors, received their BAs in Justice in May 2014. The "UAA Says NO MORE" campaign was part of their degree capstone project with the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning. They worked to co-brand the campaign with the "NO MORE" national campaign, a nationwide effort to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Read the Anchorage Daily News article "Hometown U: Busy seniors launch campaign against domestic violence, sexual assault" by Kathleen McCoy, May 24, 2014. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • June 25 - Vicarious Trauma Roundtable (11 AM - 1 PM), LIB 214
  • June 26 - Leadership Team
  • July 3 & 4 - University Holiday
  • August 10 - Faculty contracts begin
  • August 21 - All College Meeting (Afternoon) 
  • August 25 - Instruction begins
  • September 1 - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 2 - No class day
  • September 13 - Inter-professional simulation workshop

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