Vice President, Academics, Students and Research - Paul Layer
Paul W. Layer was vice president for academics, students & research in May 2018 after serving in an interim role since November 2017. He has had a long affiliation 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. Dr. Layer has published over 120 papers in his research area of geochronology, mentored graduate and undergraduate students, and built strong national and international collaborations in support of his research.
Dr. Layer served as department head/chair for the Department of Geology & Geophysics from 1995 to 2003 and then again in 2007. Most recently, he served as dean of UAF’s College of Natural Science & Mathematics from 2009 to 2017.
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.