Faculty Spotlight

Janet Colvin, PhD

Dr. Janet Colvin started as a tenure-track professor in the UVU Communication Department in Fall of 2007.  She currently teaches COMM 1050 (Intro to speech communication, COMM 2400 (organizational communication) and COMM 319G (intercultural communication).

  • What is your current position?

    I am an associate professor and department chair.

    Janet Colvin

  • How many years have you been in the department?

    I taught as an adjunct in 2005 and 2006 and started as a full time faculty member in 2007.  

  • Where are you from?

    My family moved all over as I was growing up. I lived in Utah, Texas, Idaho, Oregon and graduated from high school in Spokane Washington. I graduated from BYU with a minor in Music and Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a Masters and Doctorate from the U of U in Speech Communication with emphases in theory, intercultural communication, and instructional communication.

  • Why did you decide to become a professor?

    I taught piano while my children were little and decided I wanted to get back into learning and do more with teaching and started a Masters program. When I started I was told if I taught classes I could get a stipend. I started teaching the next semester and decided that was the biggest rush and what I wanted to do when I grew up!

  • What do you like most about teaching in Communication?

    I love teaching Communication because everything involves Communication. Every single class is applicable to life and every student can bring in examples that relate to the topics.

  • What is your favorite movie?

    I know it sounds sappy but I like most Chick Flicks. When I go to a movie I want to enjoy the movie and leave feeling good. The last movie I went to that I really enjoyed was How to Train your Dragon 2.

  • Do you have a favorite food?

    I don’t have a specific favorite food but I love to try new things. I especially like international foods. I don’t eat very much meat (pseudo vegetarian). The dish I fix most often is Cuban black beans and rice.

  • What is your favorite band?

    I don’t have a favorite band but I’m keeping up on the new names by reading the jumbo tron at UVU.

  • Anything on your bucket list that you would like to share?

    I travel a lot and the next place I’d really like to visit is Germany to see where a lot of my ancestors lived.