Provost's Office Direct Reports
The following academic Schools/Colleges and Library report directly to the Provost
Acting AFES-CES Director
Milan Shipka is director of research in the School of Natural Resources and Extension and director of the university’s Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. A professor of animal science, he maintains teaching and research activity in animal science and sustainable agriculture as well as serving livestock producers throughout the state.
Shipka provides statewide leadership in the reproductive and nutritional management of ruminant livestock species and serves as a liaison between producers and veterinarians for health management issues. As the Cooperative Extension livestock specialist for many years, he answered questions and provided educational outreach to livestock producers. Shipka has established an active research program in reproductive biology of reindeer and musk ox and has gained international recognition for his research work and documented scientific discoveries in both species.
Shipka has been with UAF since 1999 and earned a doctorate in biology with an emphasis on animal physiology in 1996 from Utah State University. He became the research director for SNRE and AFES director in 2015.
Dr. Bill Schnabel began his appointment as CEM Dean in January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, Director of the Water and Environmental Research Center, and also held positions as a research faculty member, an academic faculty member, and a private sector environmental engineer. Dr. Schnabel holds tenure as a Professor of Environmental Engineering in CEM’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include food-energy-water system dynamics, arctic/subarctic infrastructure planning, cold-region hydrologic processes, and water quality. Dr. Schnabel earned a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University (1991), an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa (1996), and a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2000).
S. Bradley Moran
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.
Dr. Lopez earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to joining UAF in 2009, Dr. Lopez was instrumental in establishing the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Lopez currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. As a public health trained professional with expertise in community-based participatory research Lopez’ research, teaching, service, and leadership essentially engage community stakeholders in addressing priority concerns towards enhancing wellbeing, quality of life, social justice, and sustainability.
Ms. Jensen completed her BA in French at Grinnell College, Iowa, in 1986, and her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1996. She joined UAF as Library Assistant at the BioSciences Library, followed by a position as Circulation/Interlibrary Loan/Media Manager, from 1998-2006. After joining the Library Science faculty in 2006, she was subsequently tenured and promoted to the rank of Professor and became the Library Collection Development Officer, overseeing all aspects of management for all formats of library materials. She has served as President of the Alaska Library Association, Library Science Department Chair, and Co-chair of the Alaska Library Association statewide conference. Her current research interests include collections management, intellectual freedom, and library contributions to student success.
Kinchel C. Doerner received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spent four years as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University and 16 years at Western Kentucky University, where he achieved the rank of full professor of biology. While at WKU he also served as interim dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Doerner has served on the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance Cabinet and on the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools.
Dean; Vice Provost and Accreditation liaison officer
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 College.
Dr. Richard Collins has been with the university since 1994 and has been Director of the Graduate School since July 2021. As the director, Collins leads the graduate school, and oversees graduate programs, and monitors the progress of ~900 graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also leads the graduate Interdisciplinary Studies program. His interests include the integration of research and teaching, and interdisciplinary research.
Before becoming Director, Dr. Collins was a professor of atmospheric sciences and served as Associate Director at the Geophysical Institute, where he established new research programs. As a faculty member, Collins has studied the meteorology of the Arctic atmosphere. Working with UAF students, he has conducted various studies at Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) that employed rockets, laser radars, and radars. He has served as an advisor to 18 master and doctoral students. These studies have focused on understanding the circulation of the middle and upper atmosphere, dispersion of volcanic ash clouds, clouds and aerosols in the upper atmosphere, and forest fire smoke. Collis participated in one study of fish in the Gulf of Alaska. This work was conducted with support from both NASA, NSF, and DoD. Collins served as a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, where he developed and taught laboratory courses in digital electronics and state-wide distance courses in weather and climate. Collins was a Fulbright fellow at the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics at Rostock University in 2006. He has served on national advisory boards for NASA and NSF. Collins received his Bachelor of Engineering from The National University of Ireland in 1986, his MS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western University in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1993.
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.
The following Academic Services report directly to the Provost
Owen’s career at UAF began in 1984 at the Tanana Valley Community College Downtown Center as a computer lab tutor. Since then, he has enjoyed working with faculty in a variety of capacities including supporting research and researchers, and supporting teaching and learning in higher education for many years. Among his diverse roles, Owen had the pleasure of serving Michigan's Olivet College as Director of IT for four years during an inspiring time of teaching and learning transformation. Owen holds a B.S. from Colorado State University in Wildlife Biology as well as an M.A. in Military History from Norwich University. In addition to his current leadership role at eCampus, Owen enjoys teaching online graduate courses for the UAF School of Education Masters of Online Innovation and Design Program (Online Pedagogy and Instructional Design).
UAF Faculty Development-Teaching
Madara Mason has worked at UAF in various capacities since 1999. She is currently the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning and the Provost's Representative for Pedagogy with the UAF Faculty Accelerator, UAF's primary faculty development entity. She has taught for the English and Art departments, the Honors College, and for the Online Innovation and Design Program with the School of Education; has served as an ambassador for OIPC at UAF; and she recently completed Stanford's d.school Teaching and Learning Studio with their Innovation Fellows program. Madara has been the lead on many initiatives such as Chancellor's Innovation in e-Learning and Technology (CITE) Fellows Program, the expansion of iTeach from a single offering to multiple programs serving more than 400 faculty each year, and the new Faculty Accelerator which serves all faculty across UAF's many campuses. Additionally, her leadership of the Instructional Design Team has culminated in the development of 3 full-service campus media studios, a number of highly integrated relational databases used by various campus units including faculty senate, and UAF's edX Consortium Partnership (AlaskaX). Her M.A. in Literature from UAF and 25 year professional art career inform the creative approach she takes to all aspects of her service to the University.
Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller began his career at UAF as Earth Sciences Curator at the University of Alaska Museum in 2007 and was appointed as the museum director in July, 2018. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences. Dr. Druckenmiller received his BA in Botany from the University of Wisconsin Madison, his MS in Biology at Montana State University and his PhD in Zoology at the University of Calgary. Pat is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the study of Mesozoic marine reptiles and arctic dinosaurs from Alaska. Throughout his career he has worked at or with numerous museums including the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum (Madison), the Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Drumheller, Alberta) and the University of Oslo Natural History (Norway).
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.
Director and Acquisitions Editor
Nate Bauer has lived and worked in Fairbanks, Alaska since 2010, and finds people here warmer and more forthright than most other places he's lived (which also include Omaha NE, Boston MA, and Washington DC). Before the University of Alaska Press (2017) and the International Arctic Research Center, he worked at Pearson's Evaluation Systems, designing teacher certification tests. Before that, he worked at healthcare technology consultant Precipio Technologies. Before that, he wrote response letters to passionate constituents in a US Congressional office. Before that, he worked at a hamburger restaurant named for professional wrestling announcer and WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund.