We see education as inseparable from research, field experiences, and exchange programs. The Office of VP Academic is the education-centric hub with many points of connection to the UArctic network as a whole and the place to go for questions related to Education and Academic affairs in UArctic. The Academic Leadership Team works with the VP Academic and the Academic Coordinator, and is at the heart of UArctic’s core operations to nurture and ensure the quality of Arctic education.
John Eichelberger - Vice-President Academic University of Alaska FairbanksHas strategic leadership for UArctic’s academic affairs.John has had a varied career in research, education, and administration following an education in geosciences at MIT and Stanford (PhD ’74). Seventeen years of volcano and geothermal research based at US national laboratories in the State of New Mexico were followed by sixteen years as volcanology professor and leader of the Alaska Volcano Observatory at UAF, the latter interrupted by a half year at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. Next came five years as Program Coordinator of the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazard Program headquartered in Virginia, after which John returned to Alaska to be a UAF dean and later a UArctic Vice President. His starting point in volcanology gradually broadened to collaborations in research and education with Alaska’s neighbor Russia, and then to international Arctic education and research in general. One of his more peculiar and better-known activities is drilling volcanoes. John and his wife Liudmila, also a geologist, enjoy the Arctic life of kayaking, hiking, skiing and most of all, dogs.
Marie-Sylvestre Olesen - UArctic Vice-President Academic Office Coordinator University of Alaska FairbanksCoordinates the Academic Office of UArctic and likewise serves as Arctic Program Coordinator of UAF. Primary UArctic responsibility is being the central contact point for UArctic’s education activities and supporting the Academic planning and review processes.After completing an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management at Greenwich University in England, Marie went on to work in Churchill, Manitoba as Program Coordinator for all tourism products at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. This is where she got her first taste of dog mushing. She volunteered for a sled dog race that traveled all the way to Arviat, Nunavut. Later that interest brought her to the Yukon where she worked for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race for 5 years, the last two as Executive Director. The Yukon Quest is a 1600 km (1000 miles) race alternating starts between Whitehorse to Fairbanks. Now freshly immigrated to Alaska, Marie continues to volunteer for the Yukon Quest every year, as well as other local events and fundraisers. The new scenery is a great inspiration for her love of painting and photography, and she aims to raise her young family with a love for the North and exploring Alaska's landscapes. Our Canadian colleagues will be pleased to know that Marie is from Quebec and her first language is French.