Director's Office

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  • Whether you're a curious member of the public or an undergraduate student or graduate student looking for a research project in geophysics or space science, have a look at our scientific data resources.
  • Learn about the range of science conducted at the GI in the pursuit of new knowledge about our geophysical and solar-terrestrial environment.
  • Find out how we turn our knowledge and data into information for science, business, and government.

Contact us:

Director's Office
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 757320
903 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320
Phone: 907-474-7558

About the GI

The diversity of research at the Geophysical Institute is reflected in our discipline-based, functional groupings of faculty and research staff. These divisions are: space physics and aeronomy; atmospheric sciences; snow, ice, and permafrost; seismology; volcanology; tectonics and sedimentation; and cross-discipline satellite remote sensing. These research divisions reflect the range and diversity of active GI scientific research projects, which reach from the surface of the sun to the center of the earth and beyond. Our 60 faculty members, together with approximately 80 graduate students and 40 associated undergraduates, carry out research projects at high latitudes relating to our location within the Arctic. Together with the support services at the Geophysical Institute, these research activities have a budget of about $35M annually.

A large part of the success of the GI is attributable to the support staff and their expert services. These include a research library, machine and electronic shops, computer resource center, digital design center, geodata center, map office, operations, business, human resource, proposal and public information offices.

The GI includes several large facilities. The Alaska Satellite Facility, a satellite ground station and associated processing and archiving center, is the largest. Radar images produced here enable the all-weather study of sea ice, earthquakes and volcanoes, and regularly provide hazard-management products for agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Ice Center. The Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range in the world, is a NASA-supported launch site for suborbital space flight. The Alaska Earthquake Center operates a regional network of over 400 seismometers and reports on more than 50 earthquakes a day occurring within the state. The Alaska Volcano Observatory maintains a continual watch for eruptions and ash clouds. Working with our partners at the United States Geological Survey and the Alaska Department of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, warnings are issued to pilots for avoidance of aviation hazards.

For students who would like to work with us, we can offer graduate assistantships in collaboration with departments in the College of Engineering and Mines and the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. Applications for acceptance within graduate programs can be sent to the departments of atmospheric science, chemistry, electrical engineering, geology and geophysics and physics. Recent graduates with a master's or doctoral degree who would like to begin their careers at the Geophysical Institute may send letters of interest to the Geophysical Institute's director. There are opportunities for post doctoral and research associate positions on a frequent basis.


GI Mission

The mission of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is to:

  • Understand basic geophysical processes governing the planet Earth, especially as they occur in or are relevant to Alaska;
  • Train graduates and undergraduates to play leading scientific roles in tomorrow's society;
  • Solve applied geophysical problems and develop related technologies of importance to the state and the nation;
  • Satisfy the intellectual and technological needs of fellow Alaskans through public service.

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Faculty Resources

Welcome! This section provides information about annual activity reports, the promotion/tenure process at UAF, workloads and important deadlines. If you have questions about the process please contact:

  • Lillian Anderson-Misel in the GI Director's Office at 907-474-5677 or
  • Sally Skrip in the UAF Provost's Office at 907-474 5178 or

Annual Activity Reports

The completion of Annual Activity Reports is vital and necessary for faculty working at the Geophysical Institute and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Information about required formats and schedules is available from the Provost's Office at Annual Activities Report. Once an AAR has been submited, the director will review the report, write an evaluation and meet with the faculty member to review performance.

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and/or tenure is an important aspect of working at the GI and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Provost's Office holds an annual Promotion, Tenure, Pre-Tenure and Post-Tenure Review File Preparation Workshop in early fall each year.  Information about promotion and tenure is available through the Provost's Office, or contact Sally Skrip at 474-5178 or

Resources and Links

  • The University of Alaska Human Resources office provides current information about benefits for faculty and staff.
  • UAF's Faculty Development office provides in-person trainings, information and resources for new and continuing faculty members.
  • Mather Library and the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library are excellent information resources on campus for faculty.
  • The current collective bargaining agreements for faculty unions are available at UA Labor Relations.
  • The OIT office provides a variety of hands-on technology training for faculty and staff. See their calendar for current offerings.
  • Everything to know about being faculty at UAF is contained in the Faculty Handbook.
  • UAF's Graduate School provides required forms for your graduate students, training information and scholarship opportunities.


For unit members with a traditional contract period (calendar dates are approximate, check this year's academic calendar):

  • March 3: Submit written proposed workload to your GI group leader
  • April 3: Group leader submits proposed workloads to the GI Director's Office for review
  • May 3: Reviewed workloads will be submitted by the GI Director's Office to the UAF Provost

For unit members with a non-traditional contract period (i.e., October-July)

  • 60 days prior to end of contract period: Sumbit written proposed workload to group leader;
  • 30 days prior to end of contract period: Group leader submits proposed workload to the GI Director's Office for review;
  • 5 days prior to end of contract period: Reviewed workloads will be submitted by the GI Director's Office to the UAF Provost.

Workload templates are available at the website of Statewide Labor and Employee Relations.