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The Office of Undergraduate Studies and partners 

UArctic Faculty

The Circumpolar Studies program takes great pride in the commitment of its instructors to providing high quality northern-focused education. Experienced instructors from around the Circumpolar North bring a diversity of perspectives and teaching expertise to UArctic’s on-line courses. By virtue of the UArctic network the offering institution is responsible for the hiring and administration of the instructor, although this process is done in consultation with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Many instructors have taught numerous times and make enormous contributions to the course content, student success and the Circumpolar Studies program in general.

If your institution does not belong to the University of the Arctic, please click here for information on how to become a member institution of UArctic.

Circumpolar Studies Faculty

Amanda Graham
Amanda Graham, MA

BCS 100

Amanda Graham is the UArctic Site Coordinator at Yukon College and a long-time instructor of BCS 100. She piloted the first online delivery of the course in 2002. She's a historian who got sidetracked into northern and circumpolar studies back in the mid-1990s. When she's not teaching online, she maintains a number of web pages and sites on northern, polar and circumpolar matters and topics. She also takes pictures (mostly of northern places and things) and reads a lot.

Yukon College
500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5K4
Tel: +1 867 668 8773
Skype ID: agraham701

Sargylana KondakovaSargylana Kondakova, PhD Cand.

BCS 100

Sargylana Kondakova is the Associate Dean of the Russian Regional Office of Undergraduate Studies, University of the Arctic, a Senior Lecturer and the International Coordinator, Office of International Programs, all at Sakha State University.

She was born in the small village of Chokurdakh in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia, where she lived before entering Sakha State University in Yakutsk. Since her childhood she has been realizing the uniqueness of the place she lived in. Now she is aware of it even more after having been involved in the University of the Arctic for the past 5 years.

Her background is Philology but she was always interested in different Arctic issues and as a result came to teach BCS 100 on site for the students of the Department of Foreign Languages at Sakha State University as well as for the international students of UArctic by distance.

Sakha State University, Yakutsk
Tel: +7 4112 49 68 10

Michel BeaulieuMichel S. Beaulieu, PhD

BCS 100

At Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, Michel Beaulieu is the Co-Director of the Centre for Northern Studies and the northern historian in the Department of History. His interest in the north stems from his family's roots in northern Quebec and in Labrador. His particular area of research speciality focuses on issues relating to labour and globalization in single-industry and remote communities in Northern Ontario, Canada. He is also working with colleagues on a project exploring communities in the Hudson's Bay and James Bay regions of Ontario and Quebec.

In addition to teaching BCS 100, at the undergraduate level he also teaches a variety of Northern Studies courses at Lakehead include Introduction to the Canadian North, the History of the Canadian North, the North American Fur Trade, and Issues in Northwestern Ontario history. At the graduate level he teaches a course and supervises students on topics dealing with the History of Northern Ontario and Northern Canada.

During the summer he can be found canoeing with a colleague dreaming of one day tackling the Mackenzie!

Centre for Northern Studies
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1
Tel: +1 807 343 8341

Powell, Stephanie (BCS 100)Stephanie Powell, MA

BCS 100

Stephanie first realized her interest in Arctic regions during her undergraduate degree at Laurentian University. There, she had a professor who taught with such enthusiasm that one could not help but to want to learn more about the unique environments and rich cultures of the north. She was fortunate to further her knowledge of the Arctic when an experienced northerner and professor at the University of Northern British Columbia accepted her as her graduate student and assistant researcher.

From there, her Arctic journeys began. Their research took them throughout the Canadian North, studying the comprehension of contaminants information in Arctic communities; Arctic Aboriginal issues including food security; Aboriginal environmental health, and decision making. During this time, she worked on her graduate thesis, which focused on the international response to persistent organic pollutants found in Arctic environments and their potential effects on human health. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Circumpolar Arctic Social Science PhD Network, a PhD course which took place in and around the Murmansk Oblast in northern Russia. In this course they examined the consequences of industrialization in the Arctic, looking at specific examples in the Russian north. Most recently, she has worked with the local health authority developing and implementing polices as well as teaching courses at UNBC, including Northern Studies 101 (BSC 100).

University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way,
Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9

LeeAnn Fishback
LeeAnn Fishback , PhD
BCS 311 & BCS 312
Dr. LeeAnn Fishback, Scientific Coordinator, Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Adjunct Professor, CHR Faculty of Earth, Environment and Resources, University of Manitoba.
I'm an environmental geochemist focusing on freshwater lake and pond water quality in the arctic and subarctic regions. I've worked in the Canadian North for 15 years and in Churchill, Manitoba for the last five years as the Scientific Coordinator at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. I have been instructing the Lands and the Environment (BCS 311 and 312) courses for the last five years.

Churchill Northern Studies Centre
P.O. Box 610
Churchill , Manitoba, R0B 0E0
Phone: +1 204 675 2307

Kathleen Osgood Dana , PhD
BCS 100, BCS 321 & BCS 322

I have been interested in the circumpolar North my whole life. Growing up in rural Vermont, I felt like I was at the very northernmost part of the United States, but when I went to Finland as a high school student, I realized that my home was just on the southern fringes. I have my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oulu in Finland. My special interest is the literature of indigenous peoples in the Far North, and my favorite authors are Sami poet Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Chukchi author Yuri Rytkheu, and Gwichin author Velma Wallis.
806 Loop Road
Northfield , Vermont 05663 USA
Phone: +1 802 485 7622

Myers, Heather (BCS 332)Heather Myers, PhD

BCS 332

Heather Myers grew up with connections to northern Ontario, and took all of the arctic courses offered at the time at the University where she did her B.A. in environmental geography. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry (Berger) was underway at the time. With some persistence in northern job-hunting, she managed to find work with two aboriginal organizations, and eventually with the Government of the NWT; she lived and worked in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for 12 years.

After returning to Cambridge University for her PhD, Heather moved to the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, where she taught courses in International Studies and Northern Studies. Heather's research interests included northern conservation and development, renewable resource harvesting and development, food security, and contaminants in arctic foods. She was instrumental in the development of the Northern Studies program at UNBC, and in UNBC's collaboration with the University of the Arctic. Though she has left the university, and is living further south than she has in the past 30 years, she maintains her interest in the North.


Karla Hardcastle, MA

BCS 100 & BCS 332
Karla Hardcastle, Academic Coordinator, University of the Arctic, International Academic Office; University Academic Coordinator, Northlands College, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada.
I have lived in Northern Saskatchewan for the past 17 years and was very happy to return home to the North upon completion of my Masters Degree (Political Studies) to get married and start my career. I love the unique beauty, culture, and history of the North. I have a particular interest in co-operatives and co-operative development in northern regions. I have taught BCS 100 through University of Saskatchewan for the past 5 years.

University of Saskatchewan/Northlands College
Phone: +1 306 425 4694
Fax: +1 306 425 2696

Anna Godduhn2

Anna Godduhn, PhD Cand.

BCS 311

Anna Godduhn grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but kept moving north and west as she got older. She has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 17 years now and has really grown to love the “sub-arctic terrestrial environment” of Interior Alaska and looks forward to learning new things about the Arctic from her diverse set of students.

She is an Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Concern for the environment and curiosity about the forming theory of endocrine disruption brought her back to UAF for a Master of Arts degree in Chemistry, where she learned much about pollution in the far north. She is now working on a “Wild Food and Health Project” that involves a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS), unknown exposures to toxic waste, and lingering questions about increasing rates of cancer and other health problems. The essential questions of this community based project are “What’s in the foods and water (now)?” and “Why all the sickness?”

She loves the winter in Interior Alaska, mostly because she loves the snow! Her dog loves it too, and pulls her around on her skis or bike. Once they get set up after a storm, dog mushing trails are great for biking!

University of Alaska Fairbanks
505 South Chandalar Drive, PO Box 757500
Fairbanks, AK, 99775
United States
Tel: +1 907 474 5125

Robert Robson, PhD
BCS 100
Dr. R. Robson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History. He holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Guelph, an M.A. from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph.

While with the History and/or Canadian Studies Program at the University of Guelph, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and Brandon University, Dr. Robson taught courses as varied as Canadian Social History, Regional and Comparative Perspectives on Canada and Canadian Labour History. He has also undertaken research projects in association with the Rural and Small Town Research and Studies Programme at Mount Allison University, the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg and the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.

Although trained as a historian, much of his research work, as well as his current teaching interests, are focused on contemporary society. For example, in the Indigenous Learning program, Dr. Robson teaches such courses as the first year Methods and Approaches course, the second year Native People and the Government course, the third year Native People and the Land course and the fourth year Honours Project.

Dr. Robson has also published on topics such as "Housing in the Northwest Territories", "Modernization in the Manitoba North", the Indian Act and Canadian Single Industry Towns. His current research includes a Community Well-Being project, a Shelter and Shelter Form project and a Traditional Land-Use Values project.
Associate Professor
Lakehead University
Phone: +1 807 343 8973

John Kelley, PhD
BCS 312
Dr. John Kelley has been conducting research in the Polar Regions since 1960. His professional training is in the fields of geophysics, geochemistry and the marine sciences.
He is Professor of Marine Science in the Institute of Marine science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he is currently involved in teaching and research. Recent research topics cover, contaminants in the marine environment, fisheries acoustics, radioactivity and investigations of the seabed for gravel, gold and platinum. Dr. Kelley served as Program Manager in the Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, Director of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory and Director of the National Science Foundation’s Polar Ice Coring Office. He also serves as Chairman of the North Slope Borough’s Science Advisory Committee since 1981, Chairman of the U.S. Department of Interior/BLM North Slope Science Initiative. He served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, U.S. National Planning Committee for the International Polar Year, 2007/2008.

Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK USA 99775-7220
Phone: + 1 907 474 5585
Skype: glacier92

Jeanette Ireland
Jeanette Ireland, PhD Cand.

BCS 321

Jeanette Ireland has been teaching for a very long time, most of it in the Eastern Arctic regions of Canada. She received her initial training and experience in Scotland before immigrating to Northern Ontario; and from there, after five years teaching K-3 to the Keewatin region and eventually all levels, K-12 before taking on the role of a consultant for bilingual programs throughout the Baffin Region. Her work there included the development of culturally relevant curricula as well as first language, Inuktitut, teaching and learning materials to support curriculum implementation. It was there that she developed her interest in oral history and cultural knowledge and subsequently, the documentation of social and material change through the lives and stories of people who lived through those changes. This collection comprised the primary data for her graduate studies and continues to fuel her research interests in the analysis of oral discourse and performance.

Since coming to St. Mary’s, she has taught courses in the Halifax Inter-University Linguistics Program, in Anthropology and in Women’s Studies. In each of these classes she has been able to include sections which focus on the issues as they relate to the circumpolar world and to the crucial need of Northerners to have their voices heard globally. She is a PhD candidate (Birmingham), Lecturer: Discourse analysis; Inuit oral traditions; translation; oracy and performance; literacy; sociolinguistics; language planning; language issues in education; circumpolar languages and cultures.

St. Mary’s University
Dept of Anthropology
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3
Tel: +1 902 420 5629

Hayley HesselnHayley Hesseln, PhD

BCS 331

In July 2008, Hayley Hesseln assumed the position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of the Arctic (UArctic) hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. She had previously been the Director for the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment at the University of Saskatchewan, from 2006 to 2008, and is currently also an associate professor in the Department of Bioresources, Policy, Business and Economics, where she is a professor of natural resource economics.

In addition to her administrative duties, as a trained forest economist Hayley teaches land and environmental economics and conducts research on issues related to forestry. She has done research on the economics of wildfire and fuels management including an examination of the costs of fuels treatments, such as prescribed burning and mechanical fuels reduction. In addition, she has explored the impacts of wildfire in the wildland urban interface, wildland fire policy, and the effects of GIS on suppression expenditures. Her current research interests include the effects of change on the boreal forest and property rights regimes associated with natural resources across the circumpolar north. Her publications include a co-authored forest economics textbook, Principles of Forest and Environmental Economics, and journal articles related to forestry.

Hayley was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan, Canada, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Saskatchewan (1991) and PhD from Colorado State University (1997).

Hayley Hesseln, Dean
Undergraduate Studies
University of the Arctic
at University of Saskatchewan
234 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8
Tel: +1 306 966 8407
Fax: +1 306 966 1220

Emmy NeulsEmmy S. Neuls, MA

BCS 331

Emmy S. Neuls is the Program Officer for the University of the Arctic Office of Undergraduate Studies. She leads the project management of the development and maintenance of UArctic courses, including the Core Course Revisions, and online course development of the Aboriginal Public Administration, Adaptation to Arctic Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Northern Governance and Policy. She is also responsible for the North American local delivery and implementation of Circumpolar Studies. From December 2006 to January 2009, Emmy worked as the Program Assistant for the UArctic Office of Undergraduate Studies. While in this position, she assisted with the planning and organization of the Core Courses Revision Meetings and attended meetings in Saskatoon, Bodø, and Amsterdam.

She is originally from a small island on the Norwegian West coast called, Svanøy, but has been living in Saskatoon for the last 8 years. She finished her BA in International State Cooperation and Conflict in 2006, and is currently finishing up her Masters in Political Studies, focusing on International Law and Organizations.

Emmy Stavøstrand Neuls
Program Officer
University of the Arctic
Office of Undergraduate Studies
236 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8
Tel +1 306 966 1605
Fax +1 306 966 1220

Instructor Timetable

- Familiarize with the course material
- Develop course outline & select course readings
Sept 9
- Complete course website
Sept 9
- Student registration deadline
Sept 17
- First day of classes
Sept 24
- Contact inactive students and inform the IAO
Oct 1
- Inform the IAO of inactive students for removal
Oct 19
- Inform the Office of Undergraduate Studies about Final Exam Arrangements
Dec 1
- Last day of classes
Dec 3-7
- Schedule final exams
Dec 14
- Deadline for submission of final student grades to IAO (Remember to send students their grades as well).

- Familiarize with the course material
- Develop course outline & select course readings
Jan 20
- Student registration deadline
Jan 21
- Complete course website
Jan 28
- First day of classes
Feb 4
- Contact inactive students and inform the IAO
Feb 11
- Inform the IAO of inactive students for removal
Feb 25
- Inform the Office of Undergraduate Studies about Final Exam Arrangements
Apr 13
- Last day of classes
Apr 15-19
- Schedule final exams
Apr 26
- Deadline for submission of final student grades to IAO (Remember to send students their grades as well).

Instructor Manual

To facilitate online learning, the Office of Undergraduate Studies developed a comprehensive manual for its instructors that teach Circumpolar Studies courses through its international online delivery.

Circumpolar Studies Instructor Manual for Facilitating Online Learning [WORD]
Circumpolar Studies Instructor Manual for Facilitating Online Learning [PDF]


The Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies carries out the day-to-day operations of the Undergraduate Studies Strategic Area, which includes the delivery of the Circumpolar Studies program, and includes the following personnel:  the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Claudia Fedorova. The office operates out of North Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk, Russian Federation.

Regional/Associate Offices of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is assisted by two Regional Offices of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Regional Office. The Nordic-Barents Regional Office is hosted by University of Nordland
, located in Bodø, Norway, and is led by Associate Dean, Marit Sundet. The Russian Regional Office is hosted by Sakha State University, operating out of Yakutsk, Russia, and is led by Associate Dean, Sargylana Kondakova. An Associate Regional Office is hosted by Syktyvkar State University, operating out of Syktyvkar, Russia, and is led by Director, Nina Nesterova.

BCS Program Team

The BCS Program Team (BCS PT) is responsible for Academic oversight of the Circumpolar Studies Program. Through the years, the BCS PT has become a crucial tool in the development of the BCS program.  The individual members of the BCS PT are Claudia Federova, Amanda Graham, Hayley Hesseln, Margaret Imrie, Jon Haukur Ingimundarson, Karen Langard, Tracey Lindbarg, Tom Novosel, and John Young.

International Academic Office

The Office of Undergraduate Studies works closely with the International Academic Office (IAO) situated in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, operating out of Northlands College. The IAO acts as a central information service (much as a registrar) for students and institutions. A significant amount of time is devoted to student/institution issues and institutional processes. The office employees are Director, Glenys Plunz; and Academic Coordinator, Karla Hardcastle.