Leah Berman Williams

Leah Berman Williams

Who I Am

About Leah

 Fifteen years!

Fifteen years!

I am committed to using evidence-based decision making to find solutions to the complicated questions facing the borough. I bring an ability to synthesize complex information, and I am passionate about working together with people from all walks of life to continue to make Fairbanks a great place to grow up, a great place to work and live, and a great place to retire.

I am excited to serve the Fairbanks community—my adopted home— as a member of the assembly.

I moved to Fairbanks in 2009 to join the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I am a Professor of Mathematics. I teach mathematics courses ranging from college algebra all the way up to graduate courses, in addition to doing research in mathematics and serving on university committees. I am also currently serving as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  As a mathematician, my research area is discrete geometry.

 Walking to school in the Fairbanks winter

Walking to school in the Fairbanks winter

My husband Gordon Williams, who grew up in Alaska, is also a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. We have two daughters, ages 9 and 12, who go to University Park Elementary and Ryan Middle School. Before that, they attended Enep'ut Children's Center and Bunnell House. I have sung in choirs for 20 years, including singing locally with the Choir of the North and with the Coventry Carolers. I enjoy making jelly and pickles, and gardening inexpertly. My family and I are members of a number of local organizations, including the University Park PTA, the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, the Folk School Fairbanks, and Congregation Or Hatzafon, and I have been a member since 2009 of United Academics AAUP / AFT – Local 4996. My daughters joined the girl scouts last year, and are having a great time!

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois, where my parents and grandmother live; my sister and her family live in Colorado, and I also have family living in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Arkansas. Before joining the faculty at UAF, I worked for 7 years at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. I received an MS (2001) and PhD (2002) from the University of Washington, in mathematics, and a BA (1997) from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon, in mathematics and philosophy.

 

 

Local leadership positions:

  • 2010 - 2011: Board member, Enep'ut Children's Center.

  • 2017 - present: FNSB School District Curriculum Advisory Committee.

  • 2013 - 2015: United Academics AAUP / AFT – Local 4996 Representative Assembly member.

  • 2009 - present: Many university committees, including the UAF General Education Revitalization Committee, the UA Statewide General Education Task Force and the Joint Health Care Committee.

  • 2016 - present: Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UAF


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