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Ketchikan university announces new humanities faculty member

Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009

KETCHIKAN - Teague Whalen, UAS Ketchikan's new Assistant Professor of English and Communication, recently moved here from Marquette, Michigan, where he was a teaching fellow and received his Masters of Fine Art (M.F.A.) in creative writing. In the past, he has taught English at North Central Michigan College and in the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program. Currently, he is teaching three sections of COMM 111, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, online this fall and is also a writing tutor in the campus Learning Center. In upcoming semesters, he will be teaching composition, creative writing, and literature as well. Teague is also a performing singer/songwriter/guitar player; writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry; and he is an avid outdoorsman.

Teague Whalen joins a group of distinguished faculty, most of them longtime teachers at UAS. Associate Professor Rod Landis has been teaching at UAS Ketchikan since 1992 and heads up the Humanities division on the local campus. This year, as senior English faculty, he also serves as Director of Composition & Assessment for all of the University of Alaska Southeast. Assistant Professor of Humanities Clare Bennett has served as a full-time faculty member for five years, and before that taught as adjunct faculty off and on for ten more. Her teaching specialties are diverse: English Composition, Speech Communication, Spanish, and Acting.

The local Humanities division includes three ranked adjuncts, all of whom have taught at UAS Ketchikan for more than 10 years: Adjunct Assistant Professor of English Dawn

Montgomery, Adjunct Assistant Professor Biz Robbins, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities Sher Schwartz. Between these three the entire course sequence of English GER requirements is offered from Ketchikan Campus by distance-delivery. The Reverend Dawn Allen-Herron has been teaching Philosophy courses for UAS Ketchikan for three years. Borough Mayor Dave Kiffer teaches Music Appreciation as well as English classes, and noted local artist Mary Ida Henrikson teaches Art Appreciation and Artist's Studio classes. All of these Humanities scholars have at least one Master's degree, and several have more than one and/or are working on postgraduate degrees.

Rounding out the Humanities program at UAS Ketchikan are a number of artists who teach classes for optional credit through the Totem Heritage Center and Chris Hoyt, a Student Services Coordinator, who regularly offers the foundational course Humanities 101: College Success Skills.



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