Provost's Office Direct Reports

The following academic Schools/Colleges and Library report directly to the Provost:

Fred Schlutt: Cooperative Extension Service Director and Vice Provost for Extension

 Dr. Schlutt, a 37-year Extension veteran from Maine, Wyoming and Texas, was hired to lead the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and all Extension activities in Alaska. Dr. Schlutt became the Cooperative Extension Director and Vice Provost for Extension in May 2009. Dr. Schlutt’s 37-year career with Extension began in Abilene, Texas, as a County Agriculture Agent. Dr. Schlutt received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, his Master’s degree in Horticulture, and his Ph.D. in Adult and Extension Education from Texas A&M, respectively. He also worked as a 4-H agent in Texas and Wyoming and, most recently, as state 4-H coordinator and senior development officer in Maine

Alaska Cooperative Extension Service

School of Natural Resources and Extension

Doug Goering: Dean of College of Engineering & Mines


Dr. Goering joined UAF in 1989, and was named Dean of CEM in 2008 after serving as Interim Dean of CEM.  He holds faculty rank as a tenured Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Dr. Goering's research interests include computational heat transfer and fluid mechanics, numerical modeling, energy systems, and heat transfer in cold climates.  He has worked extensively with numerical simulations of heat transfer in permafrost, natural and forced convection, and phase change processes.

College of Engineering and Mines

Todd Sherman: Dean of College of Liberal Arts


Mr. Sherman was born in Alaska while it was still a territory and he received his BA in Art from UAF and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His artwork has been included in over a hundred group exhibitions and in 38 solo exhibits. He began teaching for UAF in 1986 as an adjunct, held a term assistant professor position teaching art and design courses for AY 1990-1991 and joined the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 1992. He served as Department Chair of the Art Department from 2000-2002 and from 2004-2010, and was named Dean of CLA in 2012. He holds faculty rank as a tenured Professor of Art. His artwork is held in private and public collections in Alaska, the U.S. and Spain.

College of Liberal Arts

Paul Layer: Dean of College of Natural Science & Mathematics

Dr. Layer is the Dean of College of Natural Science and Mathematics and a Professor of Geophysics. He is the head of the Geochronology Laboratory in the Geophysical Institute at UAF. His research focuses on use of the 40-argon /39-argon dating technique to investigate geological and geophysical problems in Alaska and elsewhere.  Applications include determining the age of plutonism and tectonic events, dating of volcanoes in Alaska, and constraining the time of formation of mineral deposits. Dr. Layer is involved in international collaborative projects with scientists from Russia, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Sweden and South Africa. Dr. Layer has taught courses on introductory geology, general and advanced geochronologic techniques and on the use of statistical methods in the geosciences.

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Suzan Hahn: Interim Dean of Library Sciences

Suzan L. Hahn has been at Rasmuson Library since 1997 in a variety of roles, most recently as head of Collections and Access Services, where she oversees public services. She is an associate professor of Library Science and earned her Master of Science, Library and Information Science, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Hahn’s research areas include library public services, supporting distance learning and the history of trapping in Alaska. She currently serves on the Alaska Statewide Database Committee and UAF BioSciences Library Move Committee. She has been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta.

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library

Alex Fitts: Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dean of General Studies

Dr. Fitts completed her B.A. in Political Science at Furman University (Greeneville, SC), her M.A. in Spanish at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH), and her Ph.D. in Romance Studies with certificates in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University (Durham, NC). She joined the UAF faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1995 and was subsequently tenured and promoted to Professor. She served as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages for six years, and as Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program for three years. Dr. Fitts’ research focuses on contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature, concentrating on women writers and the links between gender, language, and power. She has published a number of articles on writers from Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States. She lived and studied in Spain and in Argentina, and has twice been a faculty member at UAF’s Study Abroad site in Oviedo, Spain. As dean for the Division of General Studies (undeclared baccalaureate students and premajors) she supervises the Academic Advising Center, Testing Services, the federally funded Student Support Services and Upward Bound (TRIO) Programs, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) and the Honors Program.

General Studies

Michael Castellini: Interim Dean of Graduate School

Dr. Michael Castellini earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1981 and has been a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1989.  He was the founding Science Director for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, the Director of the Institute of Marine Science, Associate Dean and then Dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.  Dr. Castellini is now the Interim Dean for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School and a member of the UAF Center for Arctic Policy Studies team.  His research focuses on how marine mammals have adapted to life in the sea and he has participated in many public outreach programs discussing climate change, the Arctic and Antarctic, including how animals at those locations are critically dependent on sea ice.  Dr. Castellini has chaired or co-chaired 16 PhD or MS students, been a committee member on dozens more and taught core classes in marine physiology to graduate students for 20 years. He has published more than 100 scientific journals articles or book chapters and has participated in over 20 scientific field expeditions on land, sea and ice. Dr. Castellini is involved in local, state and national panels and committees dealing with policy issues related to the Arctic, marine mammals, ecosystem management and agency oversights.  


Graduate School

Steve Atwater: Interim Dean of School of Education

Atwater served as the University of Alaska associate vice president for K-12 outreach from December 2014 until September 2015. From 2009-2014, he served as the superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and from 2001 to 2008 he was the superintendent of the Lake and Peninsula School District, headquartered in King Salmon. Earlier he held several other administrative positions with Alaska school districts, and he served as a teacher in rural Alaska from 1990-1997. Atwater earned two degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in education leadership. He also qualified for Alaska administrator and superintendent certificates through attendance at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

School of Education

S. Bradley Moran: Dean College of Fisheries and Ocean Science

Dr. Moran previously served as acting director of President Obama’s National Ocean Council and assistant director for ocean sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2013-14) and as program director in the Chemical Oceanography Program at the National Science Foundation (2012-15). Before leaving for Washington in early 2012, he was professor of oceanography, co-director and co-principal investigator of the Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, and served as assistant vice president for research administration at URI. He earned a doctorate in oceanography from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1990, and conducted his post-doctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

College of Fisheries and Ocean Science

Mark Herrmann: Dean of School of Management

Dr. Herrmann has been with the university since 1990 and has been the Dean of the School of Management (SOM) since July 2007. As dean, Dr. Herrmann supervises academic programs offering baccalaureate degrees in accounting, business administration, economics and emergency management, as well as graduate degrees in business administration, resource and applied economics and security and disaster management. Under Dr. Herrmann's leadership the school has continued to meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community and maintains its premier business school accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The UAF School of Management is the oldest accredited business school in Alaska. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Herrmann was a fisheries economist and completed more than 30 externally funded projects for federal and state agencies including the National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA and Alaska Sea Grant. Dr. Herrmann also served on the Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Crab Plan Team of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of California Davis in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University in 1990.

School of Management



The following Academic Services report directly to the Provost:

Carol Gering: Director of eLEarning & Distance Education

Carol Gering was named Executive Director of UAF eLearning & Distance Education in September 2012. UAF eLearning partners with academic departments to provide students the flexibility of online courses and degree programs—enabling students to pursue their educational goals regardless of location. The eLearning staff offer a comprehensive suite of integrated services including instructional design, faculty development and support for teaching with technology, student service support, and exam proctoring. Gering began working for UAF in 1989. She has served in various capacities related to distance education since 1994, including associate director of UAF eLearning (formerly Center for Distance Education), instructional design team manager, and adjunct faculty. Gering received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University in 1980 and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UAF in 2008.

eLearning and Distance Education


Vacant: Director of Faculty Development


Office of Faculty Development


Ian Olson: Director of Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research

Ian Olson, director of UAF institutional research, has over 18 years of experience in IR at UAF and throughout the UA system. Ian is responsible for the delivery of data products and services in broad support of institutional planning and decision-making. His principle interests lie in using effective methods to convert data into actionable information, lowering information costs through report automation, discovering opportunities for new revenue by leveraging data, and data applications for advancing student recruitment and student success. Ian is an alumnus of UAF having earned BS degrees in geology and mathematics, and more recently an MBA where he focused on entrepreneurship and organizational sustainability. Ian currently serves on the UAF Master Planning Committee, and UA IR Council.

Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research

Michelle Bartlett: Director of Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning

Michelle Bartlett holds an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and a MA from St. Louis University.  She began her career at UAF in 1974 as coordinator of a child welfare-training grant within what was then known as the sociology/psychology department. Over the years, she has held a number of other administrative positions within UAF and the University of Alaska statewide system including director of the statewide Elderhostel program and dean of continuing education with what was then known as the Tanana Valley Community College. After working in the private sector for thirteen years, Bartlett returned to the university in 2003 as Director of Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning.

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning


Nate Bauer: Director & Acquisitions Editor of University of Alaska Press


University of Alaska Press

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