Academic Affairs and Research

About Us

The University of Alaska is committed to working closely with all federal and state agencies and private enterprise to further develop collaboration and new exposures for future growth in all areas of science and technology.

The duties of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, directs a division of services including Academic Affairs and Research, Corporate Programs, Student Services, Health Programs, and Distance Education. The Vice President works with the UA campuses on academic and research initiatives and collaborations to promote research in Alaska.

Contact Us
Academic Affairs & Research
Office phone: 907-450-8019

Fax: 907-450-8002

Physical Address
Butrovich Building, Suite 202
2025 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5000

  • Students in Tanana Valley Campus' paramedics training program take huddle up during a break in their cold-water rescue class

    Students in Tanana Valley Campus' paramedics training program take huddle up during a break in their cold-water rescue class

  • Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony and a research assistant set fire to escaping methane gas trapped beneath the ice on a pond near the UAF campus.

    Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony and a research assistant set fire to escaping methane gas trapped beneath the ice on a pond near the UAF campus.

  • Shalane Frost, a research assistant with UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, uses an iPad to enter data regarding permafrost core samples.

    Shalane Frost, a research assistant with UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, uses an iPad to enter data regarding permafrost core samples.

  • Paul Layer, dean of UAF's College of Natural Science and Mathematics, gets ready for a day of hiking and collecting rock samples during a June 2015 research field trip

    Paul Layer, dean of UAF's College of Natural Science and Mathematics, gets ready for a day of hiking and collecting rock samples during a June 2015 research field trip

  • University of Alaska Anchorage students host a debate against University of Yale students.

    University of Alaska Anchorage students host a debate against University of Yale students.

  • Instructor Maureen O'Malley, left, talks to students April Smith, center, and Marisa Ayala Cardenas in one of the simulation labs at the School of Nursing on campus

    Instructor Maureen O'Malley, left, talks to students April Smith, center, and Marisa Ayala Cardenas in one of the simulation labs at the School of Nursing on campus

  • Professor and student use a Bunsen Burner on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage KPC.

    Professor and student use a Bunsen Burner on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage KPC.

  • Idaho State and UAA's new Pharmacy partnership creates a home in Anchorage.

    Idaho State and UAA's new Pharmacy partnership creates a home in Anchorage.

News and Updates


Common Calendar for AY18

Click HERE to view the common calendar for AY18, approved by the president and the chancellors.

University of Alaska Board of Regents approves FY18 university operating budget; despite cuts, focus is on strategic investments 

“Four years in a row of cuts is tough, but we must invest in high priority areas,” said UA President Jim Johnsen. “These investments underscore our commitment to the high quality academic work that happens in every classroom and laboratory across every UA campus. The $6 million for strategic investment areas includes student success/enrollment, research, workforce and online program development, and process automation/improvement. The strategic investment areas incorporate a variety of specific initiatives, including an aggressive enrollment marketing, recruitment and retention program; growing research capacity; expanding online course availability especially in high demand fields like nursing; and improving efficiency of back office systems in departments like student services, human resources, and finance. Strategic investments will be funded with reallocations or allotments from each university.

 Click HERE to view the full story.

UA President Jim Johnsen announces Daniel White as new UAF chancellor

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced today that he has selected Daniel White to become the ninth chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). White will succeed UAF Interim Chancellor Dana Thomas and will assume his new position on July 1. White, a Fairbanksan with a long university career, is currently vice president for academic affairs and research for the University of Alaska System. He joined UAF’s faculty in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He then served in successive administrative roles within UAF. In 2005, White accepted an appointment as interim director of the Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), the research unit of UAF’s College of Engineering and Mines. After a national search, he was hired as director of INE in July 2006. In 2010, he was appointed as the associate vice chancellor for research. With this appointment, he became head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. In late 2014, White was named interim vice chancellor for research at UAF and in March 2015 he became the UA System vice president for academic affairs and research. 
Click to review full announcement .

Seven Alaskans awarded first-ever Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen awarded seven young Alaskans with the first-ever Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship during a video conference with them today. The competitive scholarship, part of the university’s Drive the Change public awareness initiative, was open to all Alaska high school students planning to pursue a degree in education. Scholarship recipients hail from Angoon to Nome. Click HERE to read the full story.

Johnsen announces retirement of UAA Chancellor Tom Case

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced today that University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Tom Case plans to retire effective June 30, 2017. Case has served as UAA chancellor for six years, and previously served as dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy for six years. Chancellor Case has led UAA with great integrity and distinction, Johnsen said. Click HERE for the full story.

Voluntary Resolution Agreement with Office of Civil Rights

The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement (VRA) with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR). This is the culmination of OCR’s three-year compliance review of the university’s handling of sexual harassment and sexual assault cases on our campuses. Click here to read more about the Voluntary Resolution AGREEMENT

Statement on Immigration Restrictions

As the country grapples with the evolving implementation of the President’s Executive Order restricting immigration, I assure you that the University of Alaska is working to understand the full impacts on our students, faculty, employees and their families. And, more importantly, I want to assure you that our university remains committed to the open exchange of students, scholars, and ideas from all over the world. Click HERE to view more about the statement.

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