Academic Affairs

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On behalf of our faculty and program coordinators, I welcome you to the Department of Academic Affairs. This department is proud to offer a broad range of courses, endorsements, certificates and degrees for academic credit that are delivered at times, in places, and using formats that meet the needs of a diverse student population.  Additionally, the department monitors the academic integrity of all instructional programs; ensures the College’s compliance with accreditation requirements; and creates the institution’s course catalogs and schedules.

Qualified, dedicated faculty implement a rigorous, place-based curriculum that prepares graduates to be successful in their future endeavors, whether they enter the workforce or continue their education at a four-year institution. Various coordinators form the critical support framework to several programs as they work with both, students and adjunct instructors, to create enriching learning experiences. The infusion of Iñupiaq cultural values, traditions, worldview, and histories into all aspects of the curriculum, shape each instructional environment to be relevant to the student body it serves.

Together, we strive to enrich, encourage, and affirm our students on their educational journey, and we take pride and joy in their successes.

Birgit Meany, Ed.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs



Gemma Pangan

Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs
Phone: 907.852.1825


Kimberlee Brent

Assistant Professor, Education

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University, Portland, OR, 2015; B.A. Elementary Education, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, 1986; Currently holds a Professional Teaching Certificate with the State of Alaska.

Phone: 907.852.1735


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Paul D. McNeill II

Assistant Professor, English
M.A., English. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009. B.A., English and Media Studies. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006. A.A.S., Broadcast Production Technologies. Central Carolina Community College, 2002.

Before becoming a professor, I worked for six years as a disc jockey at classic rock, soft rock, and talk radio stations and as a producer/director/editor for a small television station. For four years, I was a copy editor in the sports section of the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina. I have taught English and literature courses in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China. My most recent publication – “Stop Asking Did This Really Happen?” – can be found in the summer 2014 issue of Off the Coast.

Phone: 907.852.1731


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Denise Merat

Instructor, Foundational Studies
B.A. English, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 1996.

Phone: 907.852.1712


Linda Nicholas-Figueroa

Assistant Professor, Biology and Chemistry
Doctoral Candidate, STEM Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Fairbanks, AK, 2016; M.A. Chemistry, UAF, 2009; B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UAF, 2000.

Currently, Linda is working with Ilisagvik undergraduate students on an Arctic Microbe research project that relates the effects of a warming Arctic to an increase in existing and invasive microorganisms that can have adverse effects on the local food chain, which are subsistence foods for villages on the North Slope of Alaska.

Phone: 907.852.1848 / 907.852.1738


Elizabeth Patience

Assistant Professor, Office Administration

Phone: 907.852.1707

David G. Rice

Assistant Professor, Business
Master of Health Administration, Brigham Young University, 1985; B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University, 1983.

Phone: 907.852.1713

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Daniel S. Wall

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
ABD. Cultural Anthropology. University of Chicago, 1996; M.A. U.S. History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1995; B.A. Philosophy / Linguistics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1990.

Phone: 907.852.1703

Natalie Welcome

Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, 2016 and M.A. Mathematics, Dec 2016, Texas Tech University; M.A Teaching, 2010, Liberty University; B.S. Industrial Engineering, 2000, North Carolina A&T State University

Originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina, Natalie has worked with a variety of student populations. She particularly enjoys helping students overcome fear and anxiety about math.

Phone: 907.852.1750


Program Coordinators


Jerica Aamodt

Program Coordinator, Iñupiaq Studies

My Iñupiaq name is Niayuq and I’m from Barrow, Alaska. I graduated from Barrow High School in 2010. In April 2012 I received Associates of Arts degrees in Iñupiaq Studies and General Studies at Iḷisaġvik College. In May 2014, I received a Bachelor’s in Alaska Native Studies with a minor in Alaska Native languages from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

I love my Iñupiaq culture, and try to teach my daughter as much of our Iñupiaq language and culture as I know and can. On my down time, I love sewing all sorts of traditional and contemporary Iñupiaq style clothing. I’m always open to learning more about our culture and teaching what I know.

Phone: 907.852.6704

Rob Carrillo

Lead Coordinator, Distance Education
B.A. Physical Education, Long Beach State University, California, 1984; A.A. Recreation and Park Management, Cerritos Community College, California, 1982; Certificate in Online Teaching, Matanuska Susitna College, Alaska, 2005; Certifications: Blackboard Administrator, 2004; Blackboard Faculty Course Development, 2004; IC3 Instructor, 2007; Elluminate Moderator Certification 2010. Tribal College Grant Project Coordinator since 2008, Moodle Administrator, Google Apps Administrator and Title III Project Director since 2004.

Phone: 907.852.1706

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