SSS Staff

You may find it helpful to schedule a regular time with your advisor so that you are in the habit of meeting with them. To schedule appointments, call 474-6844, stop by our office or schedule online via Blackboard. (To schedule through Blackboard, click on the TRiO Student Support Services class, then click the Schedule Advising link on the left hand side and select your advisor.) Since our schedules change so quickly, we are unable to schedule appointments via email.

Victoria Smith, Director

(907) 474-5722

Victoria Smith

I began my career at UAF in the Office of the Registrar as a records clerk in the fall of 2011 and continued working on campus as a student employee throughout my undergraduate degree in History. I joined the TRiO Student Support Services team in 2012, and I thoroughly enjoy helping first-generation, limited-income, and students who experience disabilities work towards their educational goals. As a first-generation/limited-income student, I came to Alaska from Washington as part of the Upward Bound Math/Science program, participating in a total of three federally funded TRiO programs. My Master's degree in Arctic and Northern Studies will be completed this summer, with a focus on cultural history and higher education in the Pacific Northwest.


Ellarae Miner, Academic Advisor

(907) 474-5166

Ellarae Miner

I am delighted to be part of Student Support Services! I moved to Fairbanks in 2012, eager to explore rural life in the circumpolar north, continue wildcrafting, and learn more subsistence. After settling into winter dark-time—and forty-below, I began working in student services at UAF. It is rewarding to witness students grow as individuals, develop as professionals, and achieve relevant goals. Having earned a BA in English Literature with a Forestry and Natural Resources Minor (including biological research) from UC Berkeley, I am familiar with opportunities and benefits available to students at strong public research universities (such as UAF) as well as challenges and barriers to individuals’ success. I am motivated to empower independence and collaboration and offer help if hardship arises, as so many friends, professors, and strangers offered when I struggled in school.

Beyond supporting students, I enjoy being outside: skijoring, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, gardening, foraging…I also enjoy staying cozy inside with friends of all sorts (animals included!). Overall, I seek participation in cultural traditions, the perpetuation of folk-knowledge, and to improve the quality of existence for everyone. I am deeply grateful to contribute to the success and wellbeing of my local community.

I look forward to meeting you and learning your story.


STEM Coordinator (vacant)


Assistant Director (vacant)


Donald Crocker, Academic Advisor

(907) 474-2644

Donald Crocker

I have been an academic advisor with Student Support Services since the Fall of 2017. Before starting with SSS I worked in the Academic Advising Center for four years, specializing in students with interests in Pre-Professional Advising as well as in degree planning and exploration. I currently hold an M.A. in Professional Communication as well as bachelor's degrees in English and History. I also have a 7-12th grade English Teaching Credential. For the past 3 years I have also taught Comm F141X for the SSS Emerging Scholars Academy.

I am originally from Southern California, and moved to Fairbanks in 2004. Somehow the cold still surprises me in the winter, but I can't think of a better place to live than the Golden Heart City!


Vicky Avery, Program Specialist

(907) 474-6844

Vicky Avery

I am excited to be a recent addition to the SSS team! I am thrilled to be working for UAF, as the community here has been a valuable influence on my own academic achievements. After receiving a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Russian from the University of Texas at Arlington, I came to Alaska to earn my M.A. in English. My graduate work here focused on student engagement with digital literacies in the writing classroom. Literacy and learning continue to be passions of mine. When I am not at the front desk at SSS, you can probably find me teaching at the Literacy Council, making weird vegan food in the kitchen, walking around the woods with my dog, or in front of the TV playing my Nintendo Switch (or PS4). If you stop by the office, please tell me about your favorite book--I am always looking for good suggestions.

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