Have a Question? Our team of academic advisors are dedicated to serving both local and distance students from greeting to graduation. For friendly assistance with your questions call one of our advisors below!
Arts & Sciences Outreach Advisor
Phone: 228-4561, Fax: 225-3624
Student Success Center
M.A. Professional Higher Education Administration
B.A. International Relations, Spanish
I love working in the collegiate environment. Throughout the past 10 years, I have worked in various aspects of student services mentoring and advising students to graduate successfully and become capable leaders in their communities. Prior to moving to Ketchikan and taking on the role of Outreach Advisor at UAS, I was working in Portland, OR at Lewis & Clark College managing the collegiate outdoor recreation program. I trained student leaders to guide their peers on outdoor excursions and led many of my own from day hikes to overnight whitewater rafting trips. Prior to Lewis & Clark, I served as a Resident Director at Reed College where I managed residence halls and served on an on-call crisis management team. While my career has taken me across the country, I never cease to be inspired by the students I encounter. I learn so much from each of the students we serve. The vibrancy and eagerness of the student population (both traditional and non) has made me love working in higher education.
Outside of the work-realm, I am an avid outdoors-woman with a love of biking and kayaking and more recently stand-up paddleboarding with our dog Lola.
Student Services Manager, Title IX Resource Staff
Phone: 228-4508, Fax: 225-3624
B.B.A, University of Alaska Fairbanks
I've loved living in Alaska since I first arrived here at the tender age of 2. I've been blessed to see much of the state having lived in Chugiak, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Ketchikan. The beauty and serenity of this special place we live (even with the large amounts of rain) is inspiring. After graduating from a little Alaskan high school (we had a graduating class of 18 students) I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating with a BA in Business Administration in 1990. I 've had the pleasure of working with college students for over twenty years and I am inspired by the perseverance of our students as well as the power of education to help students change their lives for the better.
Advising contact for transfer, nursing, social work, elementary education and business students.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 228-4527, Fax: 225-3624
Arts and Sciences Department, Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Sociology
Ph.D., MA, Tulane University
William Urquhart’s recent doctoral dissertation on school violence and bullying includes ethnographic and statistical studies at a remote Western Alaska village and at an inner-city high school in pre-Katrina New Orleans. This work emphasizes the importance of social account conversations in defining peer group norms for retaliation in disadvantaged areas, and will soon be published in book form as a monograph. His other research interests include Alaskan social problems such as alcoholism and domestic violence, and organizational behavior perspectives on workplace violence. Currently, he is investigating the effect of climatic temperature variation on seasonal domestic violence rate cycles in northern states. He enjoys teaching distance education classes, and some of his course offerings include Theory and Research in Criminology, Social Psychology, and Alaska Social Problems; Deviant Behavior, Organizational Behavior, and Environmental Sociology.
Bill was born and raised in Ketchikan, following four generations of Alaska commercial fishermen, prospectors, and pioneer women. His interest in sociology was piqued through his early experiences commercial fishing with his family, where he observed social change affecting the organizational structure of the industry. Since returning to Alaska from New Orleans in 2002 for dissertation research, Bill has lived in several areas of the state, including time working as an educator and wrestling coach in Western Alaska and in Fairbanks.
In addition to serving as an instructor at UAS, Bill is an independent consultant to several Alaska school districts, working with student information systems and federal and state data reporting. Bill also plays the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes; he is the Lead Bagpiper with Ketchikan’s Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums, and also performs at select solo engagements. Bill enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Frankie, a science teacher in Ketchikan, and their small children, Liam, Neila, and Torran.
Advising contact for all distance-based students in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.