University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Cross Disciplinary STEM for Teachers

Cross-Disciplinary STEM

  • Students in this class will explore interdisciplinary activities between language arts, social studies, art and STEM subjects
  • Based in Valdez
  • Grow teacher knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy about Indigenous Knowledge
  • Explore ways to incorporate place-based learning, problem-based learning, and Alaskan standards into lesson planning

Placed based activities may include:

  • Kayak in Prince William Sound
  • Hike in a temperate rain forest
  • Learn about a fish wheel and its use


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Dates and Location 


Dates: June 2 - 8, 2021

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $100

Credits: 3 

Location: Valdez

Contact: Katie Bobowski, 907-822-3673 or

Instructor: Dennis Humphrey

  • What to expect

    Build skills on inclusion of cross-disciplinary content into STEM curriculum.
    Incorporate Indigenous knowledge and cummunity history into your lesson plans.

  • What you will get

    All students will develop a place-based lesson plan or unit to use in their own classroom. All of the lesson plans developed will be put into an online database that will be made available to all students for adaptation and use in their classroom. 

  •  Why you should come
    • Gives teachers the ability to reconnect to and re-energize their passion for teaching.
    • Mixes classroom activities with place-based/outdoor activities, which asks the teachers to not only consider their curriculum, but to also consider their classroom.
    • Collaborative workshop activities allow STEM teachers to meet and network with other educators who are living through the same experience.
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 Meet The Professor

Instructor Dennis HumphreyDennis Humphrey

Dennis Humphrey teaches writing, literature, and humanities classes for Prince William Sound College. He has been at Prince Willaim Sound College since 2017, and has over 20 years of college-level teaching experience. He earned his Ph.D. in English with Creative Writing emphasis from University of Louisiana Lafayette (Geaux Cajuns!) in 2001, with further concentrations in American Literature, literary theory, and the novel form. He also holds a masters degree in English from the Unversity of Central Arkansas and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College. He has published dozens of short stories, creative nonfiction essays, literary papers, and poems in literary and academic journals. He has also collaborated on several plays, including That's Valdez, which has played two summer seasons in Valdez, Alaska. His short story collection Wild Chicken Gumbo and novel Strange Prisoners are available on Amazon, as is the collection of Alaska-related fairy tales he and his creative writing class produced in 2019, titled Once Upon a Time in the North. He served over 29 years in the US Army and Army National Guard as a helicopter pilot, including two tours in Iraq. He retired from military service in 2019 at the rank of colonel. He currently lives, writes, and teaches in Valdez, Alaska with his wife and 2 to 5 children, some of whom rotate through on a seasonal basis.