If you’re interested being faculty or doing research with JIRP, we suggest watching the recording of this informational webinar from November, 2018. We’ve also provided much of the information about the program in written form on our Icefield Traverse page, and on faculty roles below.

Archived Faculty + Staff Informational Webinar

Teaching Faculty

Primary goals

Teaching faculty come to JIRP to teach JIRP students. We expect people in this role to give a series of lectures and/or workshops and to participate in academically-focused field trips. While the number of lectures, workshops, and field trips will vary depending on your time with the expedition, you can expect to lead either a full day or half day academic exercise roughly every few days while you’re in the field. Our Academic Council will decide curriculum in advance of the summer. Depending on when you join the Expedition, the academic material we ask you to cover may be either introductory and very general or intermediate-level and within your area of expertise. Regardless of the topic, we ask you to pitch your lessons to the actual audience, which may require some tweaking (math-heavy advanced undergraduate material, for instance, may not be appropriate).

In addition to teaching academic material, we expect faculty to be contributing members of the JIRP Expedition. This includes participating in either the full student Safety Week or a modified faculty safety training, pitching in around camp during morning chores, informal student mentoring during free time/meals/etc., assisting with expedition logistics as needed, and adapting to the dynamic needs of the Expedition as they arise. The JIRP Expedition is small, and as such every member ends up helping out in unexpected ways at some point.


JIRP strongly encourages every participant (student, staff, and faculty) to seek out funding for their time on the Icefield. This is especially true of faculty who rely on helicopter transportation to join the program for only a week or two at a time. That said, we expect to use the JIRP operating funds to cover many of the costs of the teaching faculty. Barring grant support, the responsibilities will be as follows:

Teaching faculty cover:

  • Travel to and from Juneau

  • Personal gear (clothing, skis, etc.)

JIRP covers:

  • Helicopter transportation to the Icefield

  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Juneau

  • Food and lodging on the Icefield


Teaching faculty will support student research projects. Each of six student research groups will be assigned a set of rotating faculty advisers, and one of the primary goals of the teaching faculty will be to guide JIRP students through background research, formulating an appropriate research question, collecting data, analyzing results, and discussing conclusions.

Teaching faculty are encouraged to bring small research questions and auxiliary projects up to the Icefield if they support students learning goals. We are eager to give students field experience in a wide array of topics, and we welcome one- to three- day investigations that can be worked into the schedule. This is not an appropriate avenue, however, for collecting significant datasets for publications or larger projects.


Research Faculty


We invite research faculty to join the JIRP expedition primarily to do research on the Juneau Icefield. We can provide tremendous infrastructure support for one- to three- week field campaigns: permanent field camps with generator power, dedicated camp management staff personnel familiar with JIRP protocols, tent camp support, snow machine transportation, portable generators, and significant person power. Scheduling will be somewhat dependent on the JIRP Expedition schedule, but we’re eager to work with research teams to be as flexible as possible.


Research faculty are responsible for all their own funding. This includes:

Research faculty provide:

  • Travel to and from Juneau

  • Personal clothing and gear

  • Research equipment (beyond what JIRP owns)

JIRP provides (at a per diem rate):

  • Transportation, food, and lodging in Juneau

  • Helicopter transportation to and from the Icefield

  • Permanent field camps at strategic locations

  • Snow machines and mechanic support

  • Tent camping gear: tents and stoves

  • Food (we accommodate dietary restrictions at cost)

  • Glacier safety training

  • Camp and logistical staff support

  • Glacier travel and safety staff support

  • Communication with in-town logistical support


Teaching responsibilities

The JIRP Expedition is primarily a research program. As such, we require that all activity through JIRP has an educational component. We expect research faculty to contribute to this mission through two avenues. First, we will ask you to give one or two lectures to students. The first will be about your project, delivered when you pass through a major JIRP field camp on your way onto the Icefield. The second will be about your findings, how the data collection went, or anything unexpected you found, to be delivered when you pass through a JIRP camp on your way off the Icefield. These lectures are meant to be 30-60 minutes and are aimed at giving our students a perspective on what current glacier science research involves.

The second educational avenue is involving small groups of students in your field work whenever possible. This will vary from project to project, but we hope you will make every reasonable effort to accommodate students at your research camp, to teach them how to use the equipment, and to support their inquiry. All JIRP students will be accompanied by a JIRP safety staffer .