Visiting Elder Professor

Invite Dr. Trimble Gilbert to present to your class or community group

Dr. Gilbert is available as a guest lecturer for university classes and community groups from October through December. You can view Dr. Gilbert's schedule here. To arrange a presentation, contact Rebecca Dreier at rrdreier@alaska.ed or 474-5397


Watch Dr. Gilbert receive his honorary degree from UAF.


About Dr. Trimble Gilbert:

Dr. Trimble Gilbert has joined UAF as a visiting Elder professor for the fall 2018 semester.

“Trimble reflects the values, knowledge, and wisdom of Gwich’in people in the way he lives his life,” says Evon Peter, UAF vice chancellor of rural, community and Native education and a former chief of Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village). “He is widely recognized as an accomplished scholar of Indigenous knowledge, philosophy, skills and cultural practices. Just as important, he graciously shares his knowledge, love and support with the broader Alaska community that surrounds him.”

Gilbert was born in Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village), a remote Alaska Native community of about 175 people where Gwich’in have thrived for thousands of years. The Episcopal priest and tribal leader was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016. At UAF, he serves as an elder and mentor in intensive university courses through the College of Rural and Community Development education and Indigenous programs, where his traditional wisdom bridges Western knowledge taught in the classroom with everyday life in rural communities.

Gilbert is an authority on Alaska Native Indigenous ways of knowing. He is the Second Traditional Chief and spiritual leader for Tanana Chiefs Conference and the 52 Athabascan tribes the nonprofit consortium serves. He is an honored guest and wisdom bearer at the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments’ Early Head Start Program’s Elder’s Academy. Gilbert is also a traditional chief and elder advisor for the Alaska Federation of Natives, Tanana Chiefs Conference annual meeting and Doyon annual shareholders meeting.

“I never quit learning,” Gilbert said. “I learned because people needed it. Now I encourage young people to earn their degrees and help make Alaska and our world better for everyone. I want young people to learn the new technologies that are taking over in our world so that they can help our people and learn how to take care of themselves and others.”

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