Ehrlander named 2016 Usibelli Award winner

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Mary Ehrlander, professor of history and director of the Arctic and northern studies program, received the 2016 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award. Her Modern Scandinavia online course starts in January.

Ehrlander began her college career when she already had children of her own, an experience that shapes her now as a professor. Many of her former students wrote nomination letters attesting to her high academic standards coupled with support and encouragement.

“Dr. Ehrlander understood at once what was at stake for me in pursuing an advanced degree in terms of juggling this program with full-time employment and immersion in local family life. She is a hard worker with a rich family life, while being a brilliant speaker and intellectual, so she is a very strong role model for me,” said Amy Russell, a former master’s degree student.

Ehrlander received her bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in northern studies from UAF, and went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia.

Read the full press release.



  • Karina Gonzales-Smith

    Communications Manager
    Karina has worked in higher education for over 15 years. Her passion for learning began at an early age when she learned how to speak English after moving from the tropic to the Arctic. Since then Karina has moved from one classroom to another — on campus, online, or overseas. She’s an alumna of UAF and UAA where she studied biology, psychology, and public health. Karina currently teaches for the UAF College of Indigenous Studies and UAF Community and Technical College.

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