Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs - Paul Layer
Paul W. Layer was named interim vice president academic and student affairs November 2017. He had been the dean of the College of Natural Science & Mathematics since 2009 and has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1989 when he was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and the Geophysical Institute. He was awarded tenure in 1994 and promoted to professor of geophysics at UAF in 2000. He served as department head/chair for the Department of Geology & Geophysics from 1995 to 2003 and then again in 2007.
Dr. Layer has been instrumental in developing a new life sciences building, increasing undergraduate enrollment in CNSM and developing a professional veterinary medicine program with Colorado State University. Under his leadership, the number of students earning Ph.D. degrees has climbed to an average of 25 per year, more than half of all such degrees awarded through the University of Alaska.
Dr. Layer received his BS in geology from Michigan State University, and his MS and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford University. He spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Department of Physics.