Faculty Convocation 2022
Our Fast and Changing World

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President Astrid S. Tuminez

Astrid S. Tuminez


Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018 and is the institution’s first female president. She brings to UVU a broad and rich experience in academia, philanthropy, technology, and business. Born in a farming village in the Philippines, Tuminez moved with her parents and six siblings to the slums of Iloilo City when she was two years old, her parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

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Tuminez attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986 with a BA in international relations and Russian literature. She earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from MIT in political science (1996). She is the author of Russian Nationalism Since 1856. Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000); Rising to the Top? A Report on Women and Leadership in Asia (2012); book chapters; numerous op-eds and essays; and articles in the SAIS Review, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Cold War Studies, etc.

Before coming to UVU, President Tuminez served as regional director of corporate, external, and legal affairs for Microsoft in Southeast Asia. She is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She and her husband, Jeffrey S. Tolk, have three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, and martial arts.

F. Wayne Vaught

F. Wayne Vaught

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Wayne Vaught joined UVU on June 1, 2019. Prior to joining us, Dr. Vaught had a 21-year career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he served as a professor and then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Vaught’s primary research is in biomedical ethics, with a focus on ethical issues in pediatrics. He has published several papers in leading ethics journals, including The Hastings Center Report, The Journal of Clinical Ethics and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He is co-editor of Ethics Across the Professions, Oxford University Press.

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Provost Vaught is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife, Eileen Amari-Vaught, have two daughters, Mia and Lauren. Wayne is also a basketball fan and has refereed at the high school and college levels. He loves living in Utah and enjoys, hiking, biking, camping, and all things outdoors.

2022 Faculty Convocation
"Our Fast and Changing World"
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

10:00 A.M. Livestream Remarks

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Dr. Wayne Vaught

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs 


Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez


Q&A with President Tuminez


Dr. Hilary Hungerford

Faculty Senate President, Associate Professor of Earth Science

Dr. Wayne Vaught

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Kyle Reyes

Vice President of Student Affairs

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8:00 - 10:00 A.M. Workshops

Livestreaming via Microsoft Teams Channels

Workshop I: It Takes a Village: Helping Your Faculty Succeed the RTP Process at Every Stage     8:00 - 9:00 A.M.


All tenure track faculty, RTP Committee Members/Chair and Department Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Dr. Kat Brown, Deputy Provost of Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of History and Political Science; Dr. Wioleta Fedeczko, Associate Professor of English and Literature, RTP Liaison for Academic Affairs, VP Faculty Senate; Laurie Toro, Director of Office of Faculty Development; Bryan Cowley, Business System Analyst II, Academic IT and Analytics



RTP deadlines are quickly approaching. Are you ready to help faculty successfully navigate the process? In this workshop, we will discuss updated features in Faculty Success, provide an overview of activities sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development to help faculty through different stages of the RTP process, and address changes to the reporting process, which will streamline the process and reflect criteria in Policy 637 more accurately.

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Workshop II: Advancing Teaching at UVU   9:00 - 10:00 A.M.     

Dr. Hilary Hungerford, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Faculty Senate President; Dr. Jonathan Allred, Associate Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design, Dr. Aicha Rochdi, Director of Teaching Effectiveness/Fellowships/Distance Education; Dr. Krista Ruggles, Associate Professor of Elementary Education; Dr. Christine Weigel, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities; Dr. Sam Gedeborg, Director OTL Lab/Distance Education



Welcome to the new academic year! The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) works to support all faculty in advancing the scholarship and practice of effective teaching and learning. In this session you will hear from Senate’s Advancement of Teaching Committee, OTL, and faculty professional development facilitators. Topics include UVU’s Effective Teaching Model, the Teaching Excellence Program, HEA fellowships, and technology updates. Check out the new professional development programs developed by Dr. Krista Ruggles and Dr. Christine Weigel: Assessment and Inclusive Design and Generating Vibrant Discussions, in addition to a dozen other TEP certification programs. At the conclusion, we will provide technology updates and debut a new CPD documentation tool.

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10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Live REmarks

Livestreaming via Microsoft Teams Channels

10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Keynote address by President Astrid Tuminez,

Q & A 

11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Remarks by Provost Vaught, Hilary Hungerford, and Kyle Reyes

12:00 - 2:00 P.M. Workshops (cont.)

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Workshop III: Workshop III:  Anti-racist Pedagogy      12:00 - 2:00 P.M.     

Dr. Leandra Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Communication; Dr. Mia Kang, Associate Professor of Elementary Education; Dr. Dianne McAdams-Jones, Professor of Nursing; Meg Singer, Program Director, Multicultural Student Services; Dr. Trevor Warburton, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education



This workshop will provide an overview of racism in United States History, its cumulative effect on present day conflict, and implications for teaching.

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Workshop IV: How to Navigate Faculty/Student Research and IRB   12:30 - 1:30 P.M.     

Dr. Daniel Fairbanks, Professor of Biology, University Research Officer; Dr. Cyrill Slezak, Professor of Physics, Director of IRB



This workshop will focus on human subjects in research and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in overseeing the human-subject aspects of research. It will include how to identify when a project requires IRB approval or exemption, the process for submitting proposed research to the IRB, and how IRB approval is managed for multi-institutional projects.

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Workshop V: Faculty & Student Opportunities at UN Academic Conference on Sustainable Development Goals      1:00 - 2:00 P.M.     

Dr. Baldomero Lago, Chief International Officer, Office of Global Engagement



On October 5-7, 2022, UVU will host the first international academic conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. During convocation I will provide an overview of UVU’s relation to the United Nations and the upcoming academic conference. It will offer opportunities for collaboration and curricular integration of the SDGs.  Click here for more information.

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Find information about faculty resources and university programs:       Faculty Resources

2022 UVU Faculty Convocation

Planning Committee Members

Kat Brown, Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs

Laurie Toro, Faculty Development

Dianne McAdams-Jones, Nursing

Julie Hayden, Academic Affairs

John Rees, Art and Design

Sowmya Selvarajan, Engineering Design Technology

Eric Russell, Emergency Services


Special thank you to John Rees for providing the imagery

New Faculty 2022

(as of August 1, 2022)

College of Engineering and Technology

  • Chen, Xi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Chowdhury, Abu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Kuo, Li-Ping (Rita), Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Parvez, Imtiaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Ooi, Yu Kee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Engineering
  • Sohraby, Kazem, Ph.D., Professor, Engineering
  • Storey, J. Kirk, Ph.S., Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Bartholomew, Tyler, M.S., Lecturer, Information Systems & Technology
  • Nehring, Jenny, Ph.D., Lecturer, Information Systems and Technology
  • Riskas, Tyson, M.B.A., Lecturer, Information Systems and Technology
  • Sharp, Jason, Ph.D., Professor, Information Systems and Technology

College of Health and Public Service

  • Luck, Michael, A.S., Lecturer, Allied Health
  • Flores, Roberto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Stutzenberger, Amy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Clements, Rachel, M.S.N., Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Ekpoma, Victoria, M.S.N., Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Hardy, Meagan, D.N.P., Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Nelson, Jonathan, M.S., Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Young, Shaun, M.S.P.A., Professional in Residence, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Freeze, Andrew, Ph.D., Lecturer, Public Health
  • Nelson, Jeanette, Ph.D., Lecturer, Public Health
  • Steadman, Mindy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Public Health

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Brooks, Malisa, M.A., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science
  • Gull, Bethany, M.S., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Hughes, Anthony, Ph.D., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Jones, Ethan, M.S., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Law, Jamison, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, Behavioral Science
  • Lowe, Paige, M.S., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science
  • Todd, Haley, M.S.W., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Wendt, Douglas, M.S.W., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Yin, Yi, MA., Lecturer, Behavioral Science
  • Barney, Joshua, M.A., Lecturer, Communication
  • Pond, Sydney, M.S., Lecturer, Communication
  • Calder, Meridee, M.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Ricks, Meagan, M.F.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Rogers, Jessica, M.F.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Sadler, Heidi, M.F.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Thackeray Nelson, Elizabeth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English and Literature
  • Thomson, Tamara, M.F.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Tolen, Heather, M.A., Lecturer, English and Literature
  • Nemerever, Zoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History and Political Science
  • Hill, Johnny, M.A., Lecturer, Languages and Cultures
  • Kennedy, Chad, M.Ed., Lecturer, Languages and Cultures
  • Spurgeon, Angela, M.S., Lecturer, Languages and Cultures
  • Reynolds, Christiaan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Humanities

College of Science

  • Flanary, Kandace, M.S., Lecturer, Biology
  • Leavelle, Amanda, Ph.D., Lecturer, Biology
  • Mariano, Hazel, M.D., Lecturer, Biology
  • Vaccaro, Elyse, Ph.D., Lecturer, Biology
  • Scott, Daniel, Ph.D., Lecturer, Chemistry
  • Dispennette, Kathryn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth Science
  • Olson, Matthew, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth Science
  • Smith, Dallas C., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics

School of Education

  • Foote, Joey, M.Ed., Professional in Residence, Elementary Education
  • Han, Bing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
  • Tolbert, Malynda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
  • Francom, Rachel, M.S., Assistant Professor, Secondary Education

School of the Arts

  • Hansen, Nicole, B.F.A., Lecturer, Art and Design
  • Healey, Elizabeth, M.A., Assistant Professor, Art and Design
  • Ogus, Esen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art and Design
  • Vader, Lyndsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dance
  • Han, Cheng Yuan, D.M.A., Assistant Professor, Music
  • Delac, Jennifer, M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Theatrical Arts
  • Rimke, Steven, M.F.A., Lecturer, Theatrical Arts

Woodbury School of Business

  • Meng, Chong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Finance and Economics
  • Ahmmad, Kamal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Brown, Gary, M.A., Professional in Residence, Marketing
  • Farmer, Matthew, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Kuang, Yunmei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Clark, Silvia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership
  • Erickson, LynnAnn, M.B.A., Professional in Residence, Organizational Leadership
  • Oaks, Dana, M.H.A, Professional in Residence, Organizational Leadership
  • Churi, Nikhil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Strategic Management and Operations