FACULTY ADVISORY BOARD

 

  • Anne Arendt

    Anne Arendt

    Technology Management

    Anne Arendt is an Assistant Professor in Technology Management. Prior to that, she worked as the Web Resource Director in University Marketing and Communications. Before that position, she worked in Distance Education as a Resource Manager. In total, Anne has been at UVU for over 11 years. Before coming to Utah, she worked for Walden University in Minneapolis as the Director of Web and Application Development, and at Smyth Companies in Saint Paul as a Web Team Manager.

 

  • Jessica Awtrey

    University College

    Jessica Awtrey is the Assistant Dean of University College and Instructor in the Department of Student Leadership & Success Studies at Utah Valley University. She received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UVU and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Utah where her primary research examines how special interests shape and influence public policy. She served as program coordinator for faculty development initiatives in UVU’s Office of Academic Affairs where she received the Vice President’s Award of Excellence in 2013.

 
  • Thomas Bretz

    Thomas Bretz

    Philosophy and Humanities

    Thomas Bretz is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy & Humanities Department. He earned a PhD. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Masters in Philosophy from The New School. He teaches introductory courses on ethics and philosophy as well as courses in various areas of environmental philosophy. For his research, he focuses on the question of how we, as individuals and as a society, could develop more sustainable and equitable relationships to the non-human world. He is a faculty advisor for the UVU Green Club. 

 
  • Courtney Davis

    Courtney Davis

    Fine Arts

    Courtney Davis is the incoming chair for the Art department at UVU. She has taught there since 2007 both as a lecturer and an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Utah. Courtney is passionate about topics related to arts management, freedom of expression, and copyright law. In recent years, Courtney has been honored with the UVU Faculty Senate Excellence Award and the Alumni Outstanding Education Award, both for the School of the Arts.


 
      • Laura Guerrero

        Laura Guerrero

        Philosophy & Humanities

        Laura Guerrero is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  She earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.  She teaches a variety of courses that emphasize cross-cultural connections between traditions around the globe. Her academic work focuses on drawing productive connections between contemporary Western and classical Indian theories of mind, metaphysics, and knowledge.  She is a member of the Religious Studies Committee and the Learning Community Faculty Advisory Board.  She is also the faculty advisor for the UVU Meditation Club.

 
        • Sarah Hall

          Sarah Hall

          Public and Community Health

          Sarah Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Public and Community Health Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Global Health from Arizona State University. She also holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She teaches International Health, Community Health Ethics, Theory-Based Approaches to Modifying Health Behavior, Social Promotion, and Personal Health and Wellness. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she managed programs and marketing for several nonprofit organizations. Sarah has worked extensively on health and environment related projects in countries including South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

 
      • Wayne Hanewicz

        Wayne Hanewicz

        Integrated Studies

        Wayne Hanewicz is Professor and Chair of Integrated Studies and Professor of Philosophy. He is particularly interested in Buddhism as it relates to psychoanalysis and Jungian archetypes, science, the nature of thinking, and finding personal meaning in life. Wayne earned a PH.D from the University of Michigan, with dual majors in Classical Political Theory and Philosophy, and dual minors in Personality Theory and Psychiatry. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities.

 
      • Rick McDonald

        Rick McDonald

        English & Literature

        Rick McDonald is a professor in the Department of English and Literature at Utah Valley College.  His areas of Scholarly interest include Medieval Mysticism, Medieval Literature, and ethical considerations within Horror movies. Rick is a past Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and has been at UVU for 16 years.

 
      • Michael Minch

        Michael Minch

        Peace & Justice Studies

        Michael Minch is the Director of Peace & Justice Studies. His research focuses on conflict transformation and peacebuilding (including negotiation and mediation, theories of violence, and reconciliation), theories of justice, and global justice. He also works in political and moral theory, and in particular, the connections between them; democratic theory and democratic peace theory, political ecology and political theology.

 
      • Kate McPherson

        Kate McPherson

        Honors

        Kate McPherson is Professor of English and Honors Program Director at UVU. She is co-editor of several scholarly essay collections about English Renaissance drama, and she also serves as Resident Scholar for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, an original practices performance troupe begun by two UVU students. In recent years, Kate has been honored with the UVU Trustees Award, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award and the Alumni Outstanding Educator Award.

 
      • Thomas Mgonja

        Thomas Mgonja

        Developmental Math

        Thomas Mgonja is originally from the Islands of Zanzibar. He came to America on an athletic scholarship that enabled him to study mathematics. He currently teaches mathematics for the Developmental Math Department.

 
      • Luke Peterson

        Luke Peterson

        History/Political Science

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              • Jeff Peterson

                Jeff Peterson

                Business Management

                Jeff Peterson is an Associate Professor of Business Management in the Woodbury School of Business, where in addition to teaching Organizational Behavior courses he teaches Business Ethics to both undergraduate and MBA students. Prior to coming to UVU Professor Peterson had an extensive career in industry and has worked for, or consulted for companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, and Premera Blue Cross. He is a strong proponent of the value of concerted self-reflection as a tool to help people live informed lives that embody ethical and moral behavior.

 
              • Axel Ramirez

                Axel Ramirez

                Secondary Education

                Axel Ramirez is an associate professor of education. He was a public school teacher for twelve years prior to coming to UVU. His area of focus is K-12 social studies education. His current projects include recruiting Latina/o students into the field of education and developing curriculum for Pacific Islander secondary students.

 
              • Sowmya Selvarajan

                Sowmya Selvarajan

                Geomatics

                Sowmya Selvarajan is an assistant professor of Geomatics. She joined Utah Valley University in 2012. She teaches a range of Geomatics courses in mapping. Her research includes geographical information systems, image processing and remote sensing. Sowmya earned her PhD from the University of Florida and Masters of Engineering from the National University of Singapore. She currently serves as the intermountain region president of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

 
              • Michael T. Stevens

                Michael T. Stevens

                Biology

                Michael T. Stevens is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of Capitol Reef Field Station. He teaches and conducts research in two areas: plant ecology and science education. As a plant ecologist, he studies how trees and shrubs interact with their environment and are influenced by factors such herbivory, competition, latitude, soil nutrients, and boulders. As a science educator, he studies the roles that Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) play in higher education.

 
            • Daniel Waddington

              Daniel Waddington

              Criminal Justice

              Daniel Waddington has over 35 years of comprehensive criminal justice experience as a project manager, mentor, consultant, educator, trainer, and analyst, both domestic and international. He is a recognized expert in the fields of Countering Violent Extremism, Community Policing, Crime and Problem Analysis, Organization Development and has implemented Human Rights and Ethics training to police organizations throughout the world. He has been an advisor and guest lecturer for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Global Counter Terrorism Form (GCTF) and the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.

 
        • Jonathan Westover

          Jonathan Westover

          Business

          Jonathan Westover Jonathan Westover is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Woodbury School of Business and Director of Academic Service Learning at UVU. He is also the program co-director of the Human Resource Management program and the faculty co-advisor for the UVU SHRM Student Chapter (Society for Human Resource Management). Additionally, Jonathan is the president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters and is a human capital leadership and performance management consultant. He was recently a Fulbright Scholar (Minsk, Belarus), a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii), and visiting scholar at the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.)