Staff Spotlight: Kendell Newman Sadiik

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Kendell and her daughter enjoying a hike
Kendell and her daughter enjoying a hike

Kendell is the person everyone wants to be BFFs with. She’s thoughtful, creative, and collaborative. Kendell is also a fierce ally and talented storyteller. And did we mention she has the most amazing laugh?

Q: What do you do at eCampus?

A: I work with faculty to help create high-quality, engaging, and innovative online courses. I also work on equity and inclusion teams at eCampus and across the university. 

Q: How do you work with students?

A: Collaboratively! Most of my work is directly with faculty, but we recently started LEAP (Learner Experience Advocacy Program) which gets undergraduates and instructors working together to improve online courses at UAF. Applications for students to join the spring program are now open (students get a $1500 scholarship for their work).

Q: How can students connect with you?

A: I’d love to hear from students. Email ( and phone (455-2093) work for me!

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

A: I love my co-workers and how committed we all are to collaboration and a shared goal of expanding access to high quality higher education. 

Q: Have you read any good books lately?

A: YES. I am currently reading a novel called “This is Happiness,” which is lovely. I’m also reading “How to Do Nothing”, all about engaging critically with “the attention economy.”

Q: What podcasts do you listen to?

A: Current favorites are Normal Gossip and Finding our Way with Prentiss Hempel. Oh, and I just listened with my 7-year-old son to a new podcast for kids called “Terrestrials” – so good!

Q: Do you have a joke you want to share?

A: What do you say when you meet two monsters?
    “Hello” and “Hello”


  • Karina Gonzales-Smith

    Communications Manager
    Karina has worked in higher education for over 14 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 Allied Health program in the UAF College of Rural and Community Development. She deeply values connecting with people, and her role as Communications Manager allows her to be an authentic, creative, and supportive champion of equity in education.

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