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March 5,  2015
COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).

Unit Updates
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Community Engaged Teaching Sessions to Take Place March 17 & 18


CCEL is holding sessions on community engaged teaching that were scheduled as follow-ups to a community engagement workshop on January 23rd. Anyone is welcome to attend. These sessions, to take place on March 17 & 18, 3-4:30 pm, will focus on fine-tuning the syllabus (same session, repeated for ease in attending). Materials given in the March 3 & 4 sessions focused on Critical Reflection and are available electronically by contacting

Don't Miss the Urban in Alaska Conference, March 27

The Urban in Alaska Conference "Urban & Rural in Alaska: Community Engagement at UAA" will take place March 27th from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm in the Student Union and Rasmuson Hall. Joint presentations at morning breakout sessions will feature several COH faculty and their community partners and students. Rapid Fire community engagement presentations over an extended lunch, along with community networking sessions, will take place in the afternoon. This is a great time for faculty and students to network around new partnerships and projects. For more information and registration, visit:


WANTED: Faculty to Give "Rapid Fire Community Engagement" Presentations


Faculty with community-engaged projects or research are needed to give 2-3 minute "Rapid Fire Community Engagement" presentations during the extended lunch at the March 27th conference. Please send a title for the presentation and your name to Plan to attend the conference on Friday, March 27 from 12:30-2:00 pm.


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Don't Miss "Northern Voices on Homelessness,"  
Saturday, March 7


The community forum "Northern Voices on Homelessness" takes place March 7th from 2-5 pm at the Loussac Library. This forum will bring together people with knowledge about homelessness in the North to engage with the public and enrich conversations about positive solutions for northern communities. Experts in homelessness research, policy, advocacy, services, and personal experience are invited to exchange ideas on current and future solutions to homelessness in the North. For more information, download a flyer (pdf) or email Sally Carraher at

H S 690 Summer Class Available: ACES and Resilience in the North

The distance delivered course Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Resilience in the North (3 credits) will be offered this summer May 18-August 1, 2015. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). Or contact Dr. Linda Chamberlain at / 907 830-3283.


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Annual Faculty eLearning Luncheon Features PechaKucha Presentation Style

On February 20, the Academic Computing, Distance Learning, Instructional Technology, and eLearning (ACDLITEe) presented its 4th Annual Faculty eLearning Luncheon. This year's program featured the PechaKucha style presentation (Japanese for chit chat). Invented by two architects in Tokyo in 2003, this art of concise presentations consists of 20 slides changing every 20 seconds. PechaKucha Night has expanded to over 700 cities around the world. The eLearning luncheon showcased the presentations of five faculty members from different disciplines. The College of Health was represented by Ira Rosnel. His PechaKucha highlighted how humor can be incorporated into an online course to engage students. To learn more about the art of the concise presentation, visit:


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Justice Center Welcomes Students at 2015 Spring Preview Day

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator, met with high school students and their parents on February 13 at the Spring 2015 Preview Day at the UAA Student Union. For more information, visit:


Article Published on Charging Property Owners for Excessive Police Calls


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, recently published the article "Reducing excessive police incidents: Do notices to owners work?" in the advance online version of Security Journal (2/16/15). This study examined charging property owners in Anchorage, Alaska and Green Bay, Wisconsin fees for excessive police calls for service to their property. It was found that police incidents were reduced by 24%-28% after a notice of potential fines, with two-thirds of properties experiencing a decline in police incidents post-notice. The implications for policy and practice were discussed. For more information, visit:


Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), was recently invited to join the Justice Research and Policy Editorial Board as an Associate Editor. Justice Research and Policy is a publication of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). It is a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal that publishes policy-oriented research on a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on criminal and juvenile justice policies and practices relevant to state and local government. For more information, visit:


Justice Center Welcomes First Guest Blogger, Dr. Jane Palmer


The Justice Center's first guest blogger Jane Palmer, MSW, PhD is a researcher in the areas of gender-based violence and vicarious trauma. Her post "Vicarious Trauma Among Researchers: Recognizing and Dealing With It" focuses on factors that put researchers at risk for vicarious trauma, how researchers can help themselves, and how supervisors can support research staff. Dr. Palmer is with the American University in Washington DC. This post is based on a presentation she gave in June 2014 at a roundtable at UAA. For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Interviewed about Marijuana and Employment


Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice Center, was interviewed by Alaska Dispatch News about marijuana use and employment. Because of the conflict between federal and state law regarding marijuana use, and because some Alaska employers receive federal funds that potentially bring them under the terms of the 1988 Drug-Free Workplace Act, Prof. Brandeis projected there would be resulting court cases. Read the article: "With pot legal in Alaska, can you still get fired for failing a drug test?" by Michelle Therriault Boots (2/23/15). For more information, visit:


Justice Center Alum Spotlight: Beck Strah


Beck Strah, BA ('08) - Psych major/Justice minor, is a first year PhD student in Criminology and Justice Policy at Northeastern University. Beck received his MA in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. Prior to his doctoral work, Beck was employed as a Corrections Deputy in Snohomish County, Washington for 2.5 years. His current research interests include corrections, recidivism, training evaluation, masculinity and crime, and risk assessment. For more information, visit:


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • March 9-13 - Spring break 

  • March 13 - Spring break holiday

  • March 16 - Fall 2014 sabbatical reports due to OAA 

  • March 16 - Faculty development & research travel grants applications due to OAA*

  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to dean 

  • April 16 - UNAC term faculty's AAR w/self-evaluation & CV due to director/chair w/cc to dean

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.