Dean's Recognition Awards

2016 Award Winners

Dr. Karen Mizell

Professor, Department of Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

A profession of philosophy, Karen Mizell has held faculty positions at BYU, Clayton State College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the University of Oklahoma. She has been honored with numerous awards for her teaching, service-learning, and advising. Mizell came to UVU because of the commitment, vision and courage of UVU faculty, staff, and students who recognize the transformational possibilities of education for the individual and the community. She values those who defend and advance academic freedom, programs that educate rather than train students, and those who help disclose the talent, grace and high accomplishment that is within the reach of all of us. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Stephen Whyte

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Creative Work

Assistant professor communication Stephen Whyte has more than 17 years of extensive national and international public relations experience, which he has used to expand and enhance the public relations program at UVU. He has worked with companies around the world, and his expertise ranges from working with top-tier TV and print media to counseling CEOs and cultivating relationships with member of Congress. His leadership has propelled UVU’s Public Relations Student Society of America onto the national stage, with the chapter winning national honors including National Chapter of the Year. The most rewarding aspect of teaching at UVU, he says, is helping students prepare for success in the workplace and catch the vision of their potential and the understanding of personal and professional possibilities.

Dr. Nancy Tobler

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Research

Nancy Tobler, an assistant professor of communication, says the best part about teaching at UVU is that her research informs her teaching. She has bachelor and master degrees from Utah State University, and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Utah. She has presented at international companies on the use of electronic health records and consulted on analyzing large data sets. Nancy has presented at regional, national, and international communication conferences and has been published in both communication and technology journals. She loves to spend time in her garden and says dirt makes her happy.

Angela Chavez

Advisor, Department of History & Political Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Advising

As the academic advisor for the history & political science department, Angela Chavez says the best part about working at UVU is the people — people who are thoughtful, fun, inspiring and committed to student success. She has been at UVU since 2011. Before coming to UVU she worked at Utah State University coordinating internships for political science students. A native of Green River, Wyoming, she has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University and will graduate with a master’s degree in public administration in August from Southern Utah University.

Kiera Davis

Administrative Assistant, Department of Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

Kiera Davis provides brings 22 years of administrative assistant experience to the Behavioral Science Department at UVU. A UVU student herself, she is working toward a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Davis believes UVU provides leadership that gives the right amount of guidance while allowing its employees the freedom to learn and succeed on their own. She has been a yoga instructor for the past five years and enjoys putting together Lego sets with her son. She also treasures the time she spends with family and friends.

2012 Award Winners

Dean's Recognition Award for Scholarly Research:

Chris Weigel - Philosophy & Humanities

Dean's Recognition Award for Creative Work:

Rob Carney - English & Literature

Dean's Recognition Award for Service:

Chris Weigel - Philosophy & Humanities

Dean's Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence:

Chris Weigel - Philosophy & Humanities

Dean's Recognition Award for Staff Excellence:

Chris Weigel - Philosophy & Humanities

2011 Award Winners

Dean's Recognition Award for Scholarly Research:

Dr. Christa Albrecht-Crane - English & Literature

Dean's Recognition Award for Creative Work:

Alex Caldiero - Philosophy & Humanities

Dean's Recognition Award for Service:

Roger Wise - Behavioral Science

Dean's Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence:

Kristen Campbell - Behavioral Science

Dean's Recognition Award for Staff Excellence:

Mark Olsen - Integrated Studies

2010 Award Winners

Dean's Recognition Award for Scholarly Research:

Dr. David Richard Keller - Philosophy & Humanities

Dean's Recognition Award for Service:

Scott Carrier - Communication

Dean's Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence:

Dawn Chase - English & Literature

Dean's Recognition Award for Staff Excellence:

Carol Morgan - Languages

2009 Award Winners

Dean's Recognition Award for Scholarly Research:

Dr. Grace Chou - Behavioral Science

Dean's Recognition Award for Service:

Dr. Laura Hamblin - English & Literature

Dean's Recognition Award for Staff/Advisor Excellence:

Errin Julkunen-Pedersen