March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Honors Faculty Summit

Honors Faculty Summit

The UVU Honors Program invites all UVU faculty and staff to come talk pedagogy at the 2024 Honors Faculty Summit, on March 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Current Honors faculty from departments across campus will discuss their approaches to teaching and mentoring UVU Honors students. Topics range from rubric design to upgrading strategies to managing sensitive topics in classroom discourse. All interested parties, come hear about the Honors Program and share your own experiences teaching/mentoring at UVU. Breakfast and lunch will be served!






Honors Faculty Summit Program


Honors faculty summit

Feminist Mentoring in Academia

Workshop & Lunch


Dear Faculty,

Join us for a feminist mentoring workshop with Dr. Stevie Munz (UVU) and Dr. Leandra Hernandez (Univ. of Utah) based on their recently published book:


The workshop & lunch will take place on Friday, March 29, 12-2pm

Please use the following link to register:


The first 15 registrants will receive a free copy of the book!

Check Out Equipment at Fulton Library 

Running late? Prepping for a presentation? Skip the stress and check out supplies through Fulton Library’s equipment checkout program. We’ve set aside specific equipment for faculty to check out for up to three days at a time, like document cameras and webcams.

Whether you need presentation tools, cable adaptors, or photo and video equipment, the library has the tools you need—and it’s all free. Interested in all the other items you can check out? Visit the faculty equipment page for a full list.
Next time an unexpected presentation arises or you forget a cable at home, stop by the library’s first-floor Circulation Desk. Checking out equipment is simple: just bring your UVID or government-issued ID, and a library aide will help you through the checkout process. All equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there an item you’d like the library to consider purchasing? Submit an equipment suggestion. 
As funding allows, we allocate priority purchasing to items that promote student success, support academic curriculum, and fulfill circulation demand.
For questions about equipment checkout or availability, call the Circulation Desk at 801-863-8265


A library aide helps a UVU student at the Circulation Desk

Voice Your (Students') Opinion on General Education


This is the students' opportunity to give their feedback on the changes to general education coming to UVU!
Come help shape the future of general education at UVU. Share your feedback at a forum about new USHE requirements and proposed changes. Join us in person or online.



Forging the future of general education at UVU

Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty


We are pleased to announce Dr. Sean Crossland as the March Service-Learning Superstar!

March Service Learning Superstar

Sean Crossland is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership at Utah Valley University. Sean focuses much of scholarship on the public purpose of higher education, community engagement, and community organizing. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, an MA in Community Leadership from Westminster College, and a BA in Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College. Sean has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate community-engaged courses at a community college, a research-intensive flagship university, and a liberal arts teaching college. Sean has administrative experience in community engagement and student leadership.

Sean says this about his service-learning work:

I have enjoyed redesigning and relaunching the Social Impact Scholars here at UVU. This program is open to any student in any major who wants to incorporate Social Impact into their educational experience. While I currently only teach graduate classes, I have incorporated the essence of service learning into the capstone experience for the program and the classes I teach. I’m happy to get to contribute to the Social Impact Faculty Fellowship (Tier II) and support faculty in exploring ways to incorporate service-learning and principles into their work.


I am currently finishing the first edited volume on the Pathways of Social Impact. The book will feature Pathways Practitioner Profiles, case studies from eight colleges and universities, and some empirical and theoretical considerations on the Pathways from 25 contributors. It has been about three years in the making, and I’m thrilled for it to be published in fall 2024.

I also serve as the co-editor of the Community Organizing Journal, a new journal dedicated to advancing the scholarship and practice of community organizing around the globe.

Please join us in congratulating Sean for his incredible service-learning efforts!

Dr. Jonathan Westover

Academic Director, Center for Social Impact

Dr. Ezgi Sertler

Associate Academic Director, Center for Social Impact

Help us highlight you and your students! Share your story using the CSI Success Stories form.

We welcome nominations for future Service-Learning Superstars on a rolling basis, and self-nominations are encouraged. To nominate, please send an email to Dr. Jon Westover ([email protected]) and Dr. Ezgi Sertler ([email protected]) with a 250-word description of the nominee, department affiliation, and service-learning course activities.




Policy News

Policy Update:

On February 22, President’s Council approved one policy to enter Stage 1:

· Policy 101 Policy Governing Policies.

Four policies were approved to enter Stages 1 and 2 for deletion because their content is now addressed in new, more comprehensive policies:

· Policy 108 Contacting the Trustees or Regents,

· Policy 109 Contacting the Office of General Counsel and Attorney General's Office,

· Policy 208 Outside Vendors/Contracts on Campus, and

· Policy 209 Contracting with Non-University Employees.

One policy was approved to enter Stage 3 for deletion:

· Policy 450 Processing and Control of Distributed Administrative Data.

Additionally, three policies were approved to enter Stage 3. The window to submit comments to your policy steward ended on March 1:

· Policy 136 Intellectual Property,

· Policy 445 Institutional Data Governance, and

· Policy 632 Assignment and Advancement in Academic Rank.

Finally, on February 29, the Board of Trustees approved one new policy:

· Policy 376 Reduction in Force.

Policy Highlight – Policy 632 Academic Rank Advancement – Revised

As you may have noticed, Policy 632 Assignment and Advancement in Academic Rank has been moving through the policy revision process. The revised policy will be titled Academic Rank Advancement and is scheduled to go before the Board of Trustees at the end of this month. So, anyone thinking about applying for rank advancement this coming year will want to become familiar with the newly revised policy.

Please note a few key changes such as: (1) it clarifies the minimum years needed before applying for rank advancement; (2) it clarifies the minimum content requirements for portfolios; (3) it decreases the number of areas in which you must be exemplary from all three areas to two areas (teaching and either scholarship or service) and show competency in the remaining area; and (4) it outlines the composition of the Rank Advancement Committee that now requires at least three members of whom must be at the rank of full professor.

Finally, please note the changes in deadlines. For those who wish to apply for rank advancement in the Fall of 2024, please note that the new policy requires you to declare to your department chair your intent to submit a portfolio by next month, April 15, 2024. Additionally, portfolios will need to be submitted no later than October 15, 2024.