Faculty Convocation 2021
Everything...and Us

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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.

2021 Faculty Convocation
"Everything...and Us"
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Pre-Recorded Remarks

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez


F. Wayne Vaught

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Hilary Hungerford

Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor, Earth Science

10:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M. Workshops

Livestreaming via Microsoft Teams Channels

Workshop I: Anti-racist Pedagogy    10:00-11:30 A.M.

Dr. Leandra Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Communication; Dr. Mia Kang, Associate Professor, Elementary Education; Dr. Dianne McAdams-Jones, Professor, Nursing; Meg Singer, Program Director, Multicultural Student Services; Dr. Trevor Warburton, Assistant Professor, 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 II: Getting Through the RTP Process   11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.     

Dr. Kat Brown, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, History and Political Science; Dr. Suzy Cox, University Retention, Tenure, Promotion and Appeals Committee Chair, Associate Professor, Secondary Education



Do you have questions about the University's tenure process? Differences among departments, schools, and colleges can lead to misunderstandings and frustration with Policy 637, Faculty Tenure. At this discussion session, Dr. Brown and Dr. Cox and the audience will address misunderstandings and frustrations with requirements in the University's tenure policy and help you create your best expression of your academic self. Whether you are in the first or last year of the tenure process, come for an hour that could save a little (or a lot) of your sanity.

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Workshop III: Useful Tools for Efficiency    12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Jason Hill, Director, Learning Systems



Setting up courses, designing assignments, and grading—who doesn’t wish these could be less tedious and more effective for you and your students? They can! Find out how using the tools within Canvas can make course set up, grading, and student-faculty interactions more meaningful and less time-consuming.

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Idea Fair

Find information about Faculty Resources and University Programs.

Idea Fair

2:00-3:00 P.M. Workshops

Livestreaming via Microsoft Teams Channels

Q & A with President Tuminez

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2021 UVU Faculty Convocation

Planning Committee Members

Kat Brown, Associate Provost, Academic Administration

Matt Draper, Behavioral Science

Elena Garcia, Literacies and Composition

Julie Hayden, Academic Affairs

Dianne McAdams-Jones, Nursing

John Rees, Art and Design

Eric Russell, Emergency Services

Sowmya Selvarajan, Engineering Design Technology

Special thank you to John Rees for providing the imagery

New Faculty 2021

(as of August 1, 2021)

College of Engineering and Technology

  • Johnson, Jeffrey, Lecturer, Architecture and Engineering Design, B.S.
  • Lobas, Christopher, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Engineering Design, M.Arch.
  • Monson, Paul, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Engineering Design, M.S.
  • Jones, Frank, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Ph.D.
  • Rosales, Jerell, Assistant Professor, Digital Media, M.F.A.
  • Abdullah, Alaa, Lecturer, Engineering, Ph.D.
  • McMullin, Paul, Assistant Professor, Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Zahadat, Nima, Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Technology, Ph.D.
  • AlSharif, Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Technology Management, Ph.D.

College of Health and Public Service

  • McEntire, David, Professor, Emergency Services, Ph.D.
  • Dunn, Stephanie, Assistant Professor, Nursing, D.N.P.
  • Johnson, Jill, Assistant Professor, Nursing, M.S.N.
  • Sutton, James, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, M.P.A.S.
  • Vanleeuwen, Breelyn, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, M.S.
  • Dorsan, Egenia, Lecturer, Public and Community Health, M.P.H.
  • Thiesset, Heather, Assistant Professor, Public and Community Health, Ph.D.

College of Humanities and Social Services

  • Bailey, Russell, Associate Professor, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • Hopkin, Cameron, Lecturer, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • King, Jason, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • Noel, Natalie, Lecturer, Behavioral Science, M.Ed.
  • Peterson, Colleen, Assistant Professor and Clinical Director, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • Postler, Kaicee, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • Story Chavez, Megan, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science, Ph.D.
  • Farrar, Steven, Lecturer, Communication, M.A.
  • Rawat, Meghana, Assistant Professor, Communication, Ph.D.
  • Rodriguez, Stephanie, Lecturer, Communication, M.S.
  • Lewis, Verlan, Endowed Chair of Constitutional Studies, History and Political Science, Ph.D.
  • Munis, B. Kal, Assistant Professor, History and Political Science, Ph.D.
  • Gilbert, Devin, Assistant Professor, Languages and Cultures, M.A.
  • Hao, Mingming, Lecturer, Languages and Cultures, M.A.
  • Lawyer, Gloshanda, Assistant Professor, Languages and Cultures, Ph.D.
  • Yang, Qingling, Lecturer, Languages and Cultures, Ph.D.
  • Harte, Ryan, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Humanities, Ph.D.
  • Izor, Matthew, Lecturer, Philosophy and Humanities, Ph.D.
  • Sertler, Ezgi, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Humanities, Ph.D.

College of Science

  • Cusick, Jessica, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D.
  • Hjelmen, Carl, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D.
  • Thompson, Zoe, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D.
  • Viswanath, Lakshmi, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Ph.D.
  • Menkiti, Nwasinachi, Visiting Assistant Professor, Earth Science, Ph.D.
  • Clark, Nicolas, Assistant Professor, Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation, Ph.D.
  • Fagan, Joshua, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Ph.D.
  • Kidd, John, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, M.S.
  • Ling, Chen, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, M.A.
  • Potter, Matthew, Lecturer, Mathematics, M.A.
  • James, Daniel, Assistant Professor, Physics, Ph.D.
  • Lothringer, Joshua, Assistant Professor, Physics, Ph.D.
  • Lyde, Steven, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Ph.D.

School of Education

  • Eggington, Kalani, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, Ph.D.
  • Goodman, Andrew, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Ed.D.
  • Crandall, Kalee, Professional in Residence, Secondary Education, M.S.
  • Tingstrom, Catherine, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, Ph.D.

School of the Arts

  • Poulton, Charlotte, Lecturer, Art & Design, Ph.D.
  • George, Daniel, Lecturer, Art and Design, M.F.A.
  • Giannel, Alexandra, Assistant Professor, Art and Design, M.F.A.
  • Munoa, Adam, Lecturer, Art and Design, M.F.A.
  • Tutwiler, Amber, Assistant Professor, Art and Design, M.F.A.
  • Fischer, Hannah, Lecturer, Dance, M.F.A.
  • St. John, Christa, Assistant Professor, Dance, B.A.
  • Wallentine, Corinne, Lecturer, Dance, B.F.A.
  • Han, Cheng Yuan, Lecturer, Music, D.M.A.
  • Golden, Elizabeth, Lecturer, Theatrical Arts, M.F.A.
  • Pullen, Stephen, Professor, Theatrical Arts, M.F.A.
  • Weaver, Apollo, Assistant Professor, Theatrical Arts, M.F.A.

University College

  • Joung, Eunmi, Assistant Professor, Developmental Mathematics, Ph.D.
  • Lehet, Ellen, Assistant Professor, Developmental Mathematics, Ph.D.

Woodbury School of Business

  • Myers, Noah, Assistant Professor, Accounting, M.Acc.
  • Rankin, Michelle, Professional in Residence, Accounting, M.Acc.
  • Singer, Jeffrey, Professional in Residence, Finance and Economics, M.B.A.
  • Saravade, Swapnil, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Ph.D.
  • Cunningham, Ruthann, Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, Ph.D.
  • Lakshman, Sangeetha, Visiting Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, Ph.D.
  • Benson, David, Assistant Professor, Strategic Management and Operations, Ph.D.