Administration Biographies

Director, Rodney K. Smith

Dr. Rodney K. SmithDirector Smith came to UVU from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State, where he served as the Distinguished Professor of Practice and Director of the Sports Law and Business Program. Dr. Smith holds a J.D. from BYU and a LL.M. and SJD from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation was published as a book, Public Prayer and the Constitution: A Case Study in Constitutional Interpretation. He previously served as the President at Southern Virginia University. He also served as a law school dean at Capital University, the University of Montana, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He held the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis, where he emphasized constitutional law, sports law and ethics. Dr. Smith has taught at many law schools and has authored or co-authored four books and more than thirty articles in law journals. His work, particularly in the religious liberty area, has been widely cited by scholars and courts at all levels. He has testified before state and congressional committees, including his testimony in the proceedings that led to the confirmation of Justice Thomas to the Supreme Court. Dr. Smith has written numerous op-eds in major national newspapers, including USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor.

Executive Director, Scott Paul

Scott PaulScott Paul has been involved with the Center since its inception. Before being named Executive Director of the Center, Scott directed operations and strategy for UVU’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. In that role, he worked with former UVU President Matthew Holland on national and international outreach for support of university priorities and initiatives such as the Center. Scott came to UVU from Brigham Young University where he studied law. His research centered on domestic and global religious liberty issues. He worked with Cole Durham and Brett Scharffs on Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, 2010). Scott also examined the relationship between famed jurist Sir Edward Coke and his one-time law clerk Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and early advocate for the liberty of conscience.

Associate Director, Andrew Bibby

Andrew BibbyAndrew Bibby teaches introductory classes in Political Science, Political Theory, and American Heritage. He is the recipient of major research awards, including a SSHRC Masters scholarship and the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton. He is the author ofMontesquieu's Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). His writing on American Political Thought has appeared in various news and media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal. His next book, Reading Montesquieu in America explores Montesquieu's legacy and impact on the evolution of constitutional thought in the early American republic.

Marketing and Events Manager, Kari Dennis

Kari Dennis

Kari Dennis came to UVU as a Non-Traditional student in 2013 to study Criminal Justice. As a student, she served as the UVUSA Student Senator for College of Health and Public Services for the duration of two years.  Serving in this capacity, she was involved in the planning of events on campus of all sizes. These events ranged from organizing the details of marketing, to building scheduling, and catering. Kari also sat on different committees, including EPAC and Advisement Leadership Council while attending UVU. While serving in these positions, Kari fell in love with UVU and campus life. These experiences impacted her so much she went on to gain employment in 2017 with the Career Development Center as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. In the past year, Kari and her team have organized over 260 events across campus for the Career Development Center. Kari Currently works for the Center for Constitutional Studies, and will be teaching Criminal Justice-Career Strategies and Law Society in the fall. She looks forward to getting continually involved on campus and being part of, and supporting, Wolverine pride!

Administrative Assistant III, Jaimie Reimschussel

Jamie Reimschussel

Jaimie Trottier Reimschussel, a native of the Olympia, Washington area, graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in family studies. As an undergrad, she served as a Research Assistant at BYU and as an Adoption Respite Intern at the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, UT. Since graduation, she has worked as an administrative assistant at Leader of the Pack and Syndication Attorneys, PLLC. In January of 2020, she was hired into her current position as the Administrative Support III in the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University.