Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development

Fairbanks office:

3rd floor Brooks Building

PO Box 756500

Fairbanks, AK 99775


Phone: (907) 474-6528

Toll free: 1-888-574-6528

Fax: (907) 474-6325


Anchorage office:

2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Room 200

Anchorage, AK 99508


Phone: (907) 279-2700

Toll free: 1-800-770-9531

Fax: (907) 279-2716

Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM

Michael E. Davis

photo credit Katrina Paul

Academic Program Head & Associate Professor
Bristol Bay Campus
Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development
College of Rural and Community Development
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P. O. Box 1070
Dillingham, AK 99576-1070
(907) 842-8316 (office)
(907) 842-5692 (fax)

I have been with the Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development Program since 1996.  I am located in Dillingham at the Bristol Bay Campus.  I teach a number of undergraduate RD classes (RD 300 Rural Development in the Global Perspective, RD 325-Community Development Strategies & RD 351-Community Planning for Rural Communities).  I also teach PS/Econ 100X Political Economy.  In addition to my regular teaching assignments, I work with other faculty members to conduct seminars wihich are held at various locations around the state.  The Juneau leadership seminar RD 492, held in the spring, is one that attracts both graduate and undergraduate students.  My interests include some of the following: development issues facing Alaska, sustainable fisheries (I commercial fish in the summer), providing forums for leadership (I once served in Alaska Legislature during the 80's), and finding ways to have more sustainable communities.


        University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1978

        San Diego University, San Diego, California, 1969


Rural Alaska’s Economies, Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery, Alaska State Legislature,, Community Development, & Russian Far East.


1996- present    Assistant Professor, Bristol Bay Campus

1978- present    Commercial Fisherman, Bristol Bay

1994- 1996    Counseling, Grant writing, Resident Services, Bristol Bay Housing Authority

1993 - 1994    Contractual: Curriculum Revision, University of Alaska Fairbanks Distance Delivery Class

1992    Spring    Exchange Faculty with University of Alaska, Magadan Pedagogical Institute, Magadan, Russia

1988 - 1990    Adjunct Instructor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

1983 – 1990    Alaska State Representative, House of Representatives, State of Alaska

1980 - 1982    Math Instructor, Tanana Valley Community College, Fairbanks, Alaska

1977 - 1979    Math Instructor/Counselor, University of Alaska

1974 - 1975    Teacher, Southwest Regional Schools

1969 - 1970    Volunteer in service to America, Vista, New Stuyahok


2002 -    Facilitator, 13th Inuit Studies Conference

1998 - 2001    Legislative Co-Host, KDLG legislative call in show

1994 - 1996    Chairman, Legislative committee of Association of Alaska Housing Authorities

1988 - 1990    Chairman, Legislative Council, Alaska State Legislature

1988 - 1990    Chairman, Ethics Council, Alaska State Legislature

1984 - 1986    Chairman, Special Committee on Oil and Gas, Alaska State Legislature

1983 - 1990    Member, Finance, Labor and Commerce, Education and Health and Social Services, Transportation, Judiciary, and Resource Committees, Alaska State Legislature

1983 - 1990    Led and participated in delegations to Japan, China, Taiwan, Canada, and Russia, Alaska State Legislature

1980-  1982    Board Member, Chena Goldstream Fire Department     

1979 – 1982    Member, Volunteer fireman for Chena Goldstream Fire Department


Member:  Laborers Local 341