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Scholarship of Teaching & Engagement Conference VI

Theme: Constructing Engaged Learning:  Undergraduate Scholarship and Assessment

Dates: Thursday March 27, 2014 and Friday March 28, 2014

Location: Sorensen Student Center at Utah Valley University 

President Holland Welcome

Keynote Address: Dr. Jenny Shanahan "Inspiring Student Inquiry in Courses that Matter: The Case for Undergraduate Scholarship Across the Curriculum"

Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Susan Larson "Using Assessment of Undergraduate Research to Improve Programming and Student Outcomes"

Dr. Ed Nuhfer "Tuning Undergraduate Research into a Model of Reflective High Impact Practices"

Dr. Norm Jones "Undergraduate scholarship and other High Impact Practices: Assessing the Outcomes not the Content"

Special Guest: 


At its core, engaged learning focuses on connecting every student to content, each other, the instructor, and the world.  Students are essentially “cognitive apprentices”, novice learners in the field, who benefit from carefully crafted and guided experiences that ensure development of their skills and understanding of the world around them. Undergraduate scholarship, involving a shift from learning about content to using, applying, and discovering  content both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom, is one of the most powerful methods for building the student learning outcomes that higher education promises.  By closing the loop, careful classroom-based and institutional assessment helps guide the use of resources and constantly improves our ability to prepare students to function effectively in the world. 

We eagerly invite you to participate at the Scholarship of Teaching & Engagement (SoTE) VI conference. Every year, SoTE brings together higher education instructors, administrators, and community members to discuss issues central to student learning, engaged teaching, and community engagement.  SoTE sessions are interactive, with time for discussion and sharing of ideas that benefit all participants and that lead to innovative thinking. This year's conference focuses on how undergraduate scholarship and assessment can enrich student learning and benefit the community.

UVU is located in Orem, Utah, just over 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. UVU sits at the base of Mt. Timpanogos; UVU is about 30 minutes away from Sundance Ski Resort and 45 minutes away from renowned Park City, Utah.


Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award is new to SoTE this year. Consideration for this award is optional. The top five-eight paper proposals will be selected to submit a paper to the SoTE Committee by March 1, 2014. These papers will be automatically submitted to the Journal of Applied Research in High Education (JARHE). The authors should follow the author guidelines for the journal. Information about the JARHE and author guidelines can be found under the quick links. From those top submissions, one paper will be selected for the Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award. The winner will be recognized at the conference and will be presented with a plaque and $200 prize co-sponsored by Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association (HETL) and Emerald Publishing.

Session format changes have been made for the SoTE VI. Roundtable and small symposia have been removed. Concurrent workshops has been added as a session type. Session types available for SoTE VI include concurrent workshops, interactive discussions, panel, paper and poster. The goal of the session types is to highlight scholarship in engaged teaching and learning as well as foster dialogue and application of engaged teaching and learning practices. Descriptions of session types can be found at the Call for Proposal link under the Quick Links.


Conference Fees

UVU Participants: Covered by the UVU Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence

Non-UVU Participants: $80 for two days and $50 for one day

It is our goal to host a quality professional development conference for faculty while keeping cost low for conference attendees. 

Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities

Sponsorship Level*: $500 

  • Registration for the conference 
  • Logo in program 
  • Podium recognition 
  • Table for exhibit on both Thursday and Friday 
  • A 25-minute sponsor session on Friday

Vendors*: $50 per day or $100 for the Conference

  • Table for exhibit

Please contact Trevor Morris at trevor.morris@uvu.edu for more questions or to reserve your table space. 


Congratulations to Riley Caldwell-O'Keefe, Lisa Meierotto, Caile Spear,  and Faith Beyer Hansen for winning the Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award for SoTE VI. Their paper was title: Launching Campus-Wide Civically Engaged Learning: Innovative Approaches to Foundational Studies at Boise State University

Quick Links

Conference Program

Call For Proposals 

Conference Information

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education 


Conference Sponsors