Northern Leadership Center (NLC)


The Northern Leadership Center (NLC) seeks to establish nationally recognized leadership training and development programs.

The NLC is the face for leadership initiatives at UAF, assisting with leadership outreach and university leadership activities. The NLC offers an environment and support for emerging leaders to develop their leadership potential and enhance their lifelong educational experience. The NLC fosters collaboration between academic, co-curricular, and professional development programs, encouraging leadership development throughout the institution.


NLC Director

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Nicole Cundiff, Ph.D.

Dr. Cundiff’s research focuses on diversity in leadership. She is especially interested in the impact gender has on perceptions of leadership ability. Dr. Cundiff has published in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Management Research Review, Research in Higher Education, Group Decision and Negotiation and the American Journal of Evaluation, among others. She is a quadruple Saluki by earning her bachelor’s degree, MBA, M.A., and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

She has been awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Award from the Alaskan Journal of Commerce and Emerging Saluki Leader Award from her alma mater. For more information about Dr. Cundiff, go to her SOM faculty page.

Contact Email:

Phone: (907) 474-5401


Current Activities

  • Provides leadership courses through the School of Management (SOM)
  • Advises and supports UAF’s Interdisciplinary Leadership minor
  • Serves as a resource for leadership programs and opportunities at the University of Alaska
  • Supports co-curricular programming through student organization activities with Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)
  • Provides training workshops for staff and faculty
  • Supports research on leadership issues


Leadership Minor

The purpose of the Leadership minor is to strengthen the abilities of UAF graduates to lead and contribute effectively in both the public and private sectors. The minor consists of a choice of two out of three core leadership courses offered through SOM and three additional courses from among a choice of electives across multiple disciplines. Leadership minor tracks are available in Alaska Native Community, Business Administration, Communications, Military Science, Outdoor Leadership and Political Science.

Download the Leadership Minor Information Sheet


Courses Offered

BA/LEAD 470: Leadership Theory and Development Offered in the spring semester of even numbered years

This course gives students a guide for interpreting leadership theory and research while offering practical advice on how to be a better leader.

BA/LEAD 472: Leading Change Offered in the fall semester of odd numbered years

The course is designed to explore some of the technologies for intervening in organizations to develop their capacity to achieve change. The emphasis in the course is to apply the concepts and theories of change management from a leader’s perspective.