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.

Assistant Director, Carl Eric Scott

Carl Eric ScottCarl Eric Scott has a PhD. in political science from Fordham University, and has taught political theory, American politics, and Great Books liberal arts, at a number of institutions, including Washington and Lee University, the University of Virginia, and St. John’s College, Santa Fe, before coming to teach at UVU. He has written on politics, constitutionalism, film, and rock music for the National Review Online blog “Postmodern Conservative.” He is the co-editor of Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of ‘The Lives of Others’, published by The University of Kentucky Press, and the author of The Five Conceptions of American Liberty, an essay published by the journal National Affairs. His dissertation, The Inconstant Democratic Character, compared Plato’s and Tocqueville’s discussions of democratic society.

Administrative Assistant to the Director, Camille Nielsen

Camille NielsenCamille Nielsen is a nontraditional student at UVU, studying Exercise Science. Before becoming Administrative Assistant to the Center, she worked as Administrative Assistant in the Social Work department. Prior to working at UVU, she worked as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant at different law firms in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Her greatest accomplishments are her 4 kids. She loves spending time with her kids, reading, playing the piano, exercising, traveling, listening to music, and being outdoors. She has a deep love for the Constitution and our Country and is thrilled to be a part of the Center.