Staff Spotlight: Jessica Armstrong

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Meet Jessica, our data and compliance guru at UAF eCampus. With a sharp eye for detail and a knack for navigating regulations, Jessica ensures online learning stays top-notch for everyone.

Jessica Armstrong
Jessica (right) and her husband Shawn standing in the middle of the frozen Tanana River during a fatbike ride in 2023.

Q: What do you do at eCampus?

A: I’m the Data and Distance Education Compliance Manager. In this role I keep track of the changing state and federal distance education regulatory landscape; work on projects to help us comply with the requirements; and help educate the UAF community about current and upcoming changes in regulations. I also try to help staff and faculty with data requests related to online students and programs. 

Q: How do you work with students?

A: I don’t get to work with students in my current role  as much as I used to when I was a recruiter but I’m still always happy to help students navigate available resources at UAF! 

Q: How can students connect with you?

A: Email is best,

Q: What do you like about working at UAF eCampus?

A: I love how collaborative and extremely creative our team is. We are exceptionally good at working across different areas within our office and around campus to solve challenges and to create useful resources for the UAF community and I’m proud to be part of that.

Q: What topic could you give an hour-long presentation on with little to no preparation?

A:  State authorization (which allows UAF to offer educational activities outside of Alaska) and Federal regulations related to Professional Licensure programs.

Q: What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?

A: Antarctica – it’s why I moved to Alaska in the first place. My crazy early 20s brain thought that if I had experience working in the cold here, I would be more hireable for a seasonal job in Antarctica. My career has taken me away from biology field work but seeing Antarctica is still on my bucket list.

Q: If you could have any animal (real or imaginary) as a pet, what would it be?

A: My cat Marzen is really great so he is hard to top but I think Toothless, the Night Fury from How to Train Your Dragon, would be a pretty awesome pet.

Bonnie (on left) and Marzen (on right) keep Jessica company when I work from home
Bonnie (L) and Marzen (R) keep Jessica company when she works from home.


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