Anton Tolman Director
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon and worked for many years in practice and in leadership of a mental health institution prior to becoming a professor. In addition to the Faculty Center, I currently serve as an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences department. I have taught at the university level now for 8 years and am more excited than ever about helping students learn.
UVU is a place of possibilities, with enormous potential to become a national leader in engaged teaching and learning. I am pleased to do what I can to contribute to that vision here at the Faculty Center. Our aim is to serve as a resource and support to all faculty who want to see their students improve their ability to learn and effectively use the information in their disciplines. As a recent article title stated, "If the students don't get it, what's the point?"
Ursula Sorensen Associate Director
I have been working for the Faculty Center since 2006 and have taught at UVU for 13 years as an adjunct in the Community Health Department. I've also taught at BYU and at the U of U.
I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Brigham Young University in Health Sciences and am currently finishing my dissertation at the University of Utah for a Doctorate in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Pedagogy. I have a designation from the University of Utah as a Higher Education Teaching Specialist.
I am passionate about helping faculty develop their teaching practice, and believe wholeheartedly in the engaged learning philosophy.
Joyce Oliphant Administrative Assistant
I have been in the position of Administrative Assistant for the Faculty Center, under various directors, for thirteen years. In 2007, we got new leadership with Ursula Sorensen hired as Associate Director and Anton Tolman hired as the new Director of the Faculty Center. Both of these new Directors have brought progress and a high degree of service to ALL faculty.
It is great to work on a productive team with direction in goal setting and providing the various faculty workshops, courses, conferences, new faculty orientation with its ongoing component the new faculty scholars program, adjunct faculty conferences, guest speakers, and working with other departments for other events.
The highlight of each year has been preparing for the New Faculty Orientation. It is a joy to meet the new faculty each year.
The Faculty Center's new vision to innovate faculty development and engage student learning as well as its new mission to provide collaborative leadership and promote collegiality, have been an active part of the services this past year and will continue as a focus in the future.