2020 Award Winners

Martin McDonell

DEAN'S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SERVICE

Associate Professor, Behavioral Science

Martin McDonell

Originally from Brea, California, Martin McDonell has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University and master’s degree from California State University at Long Beach. He earned a doctorate from the University of Utah. McDonell has been a mental health counselor in an in-patient psychiatry setting, a child abuse investigator for Orange County Social Services, and has been on the faculty at BYUIdaho, BYU-Hawaii, the University of Arkansas, and Utah Valley University. He earned several recognitions at BYUHawaii, including the Faculty Recognition Award (2009–2013, 2015), and the Faculty Leadership Award (2011–2014). “I believe each of my students has a tremendous desire to learn and then apply the theories to the clients and people they will serve in the social work arena upon graduation,” McDonell says. “The students are motivated and eager to get out in the field and make a difference. It makes teaching at UVU very exciting to be part of their learning experience.” McDonell is the father five, finds cycling to be a huge passion, and loves spending time in Arizona when possible.

Stevie Munz Headshot

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Integrated Studies

Gregory R. Jackson

Gregory R. Jackson is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and now lives in Lehi, Utah. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master of Arts in French Studies from BYU, followed by a doctorate in history from the University of Utah. Jackson has been an assistant professor in the department of Integrated Studies since fall 2014. He contributes to several other programs as well, including French, political science, history, and national security studies, where he’s also served as assistant director since 2018. Prior to coming to UVU, Jackson taught courses in history at Westminster College and the University of Utah. He has published academic articles, book reviews, and op-eds, made expert appearances on radio, TV, and podcasts, as well as presented research at conferences across the U.S. and internationally. Jackson launched a U.S. history podcast two and a half years ago called “History That Doesn’t Suck” that has grown virally and hit the top of various charts on several podcast platforms. He also serves as a historical consultant for the highly acclaimed Wondery/Airship-produced podcast “American Elections: Wicked Game.” Among his honors, Jackson was awarded an Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Grant (UVU, 2018) and UVU Presidential Fellowship (UVU, 2017–18). “The best part of working with students at UVU are the students themselves,” Jackson says. “They are the perfect mixture of intelligence, drive, and humility. They ask for nothing while doing everything. They’re scrappy in all the right ways, yet kind, compassionate, down to earth, and open-minded. You can’t help but want to do everything in your power to empower and further build up students like that.” Jackson enjoys reading, rock climbing, cycling, baseball, and spending time with his family. He serves on the Lehi City Planning Commission. His wife, Sue, is also on the UVU faculty.

Kristen Smith

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE STAFF

Administrative Assistant, Communication

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith is from Lakeridge, Virginia, and currently lives in Provo, Utah. She received her executive office professional certification from Stanford-Brown College, in Vienna, Virginia, in 2001. She has worked at UVU since 2013. “One of my favorite things about UVU is the emphasis on continued learning,” she says. “I firmly believe learning is a lifelong process, and I love working with others who embrace that same vision.”

Nathan Gorelick

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SCHOLARSHIP OR CREATIVE WORK

Associate Professor, English & Literature

Nathan Gorelick

From New York City and now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nathan Gorelick graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from New York University. He earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Gorelick has been at UVU since 2010. He was named Club Advisor of the Year (Creative Writing Club, 2015), earned a grant for Engaged Learning in the Liberal Arts (2013 and 2014), and was an honorary inductee to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2014). “I am endlessly impressed by our students’ curiosity, enthusiasm, and boundless craving for knowledge,” Gorelick says. “They know we only grow when we reach and exceed our own limits, and that we are fully ourselves, most valuable to others and our wider world, most in command of our own destinies, when we commit to building rather than discovering a meaningful reality. I am immeasurably fortunate to work with such an engaged, thoughtful, inspired, and inspiring group of people.”

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2019 Award Winners

Anton Tolman

Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Russell T. Warne

Associate Professor, Behavioral Science 

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Scholarship or Creative Work

Stevie Munz

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Teaching

Natalie Shelley

Advisor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 
 

 

2018 Award Winners

Elaine Englehardt

Professor, Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Farah A. Sanders

Lecturer, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Scholarship or Creative Work

Claudia Jorgensen

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Teaching

Mark Olson

Program Coordinator, Integrated Studies

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 
 

2017 Award Winners

David Morin

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Eric Stencil

Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Scholarship

Maria Blevins

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Teaching

Leslie Gae Robinson

Academic Advisor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Advising

Amelia Riding

Administrative Assistant, Languages & Cultures

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 

2016 Award Winners

Dr. Karen Mizell

Professor, Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Stephen Whyte

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Creative Work

Dr. Nancy Tobler

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Research

Angela Chavez

Advisor, History & Political Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

Kiera Davis

Administrative Assistant, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 

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2015 Award Winners

Travis Reynolds

Academic Advisor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Advising

Kimberly Williamson

Administrative Assistant, History & Political Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

Dr. Rob Carney

Professor, English & Literature

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Creative Work

Dr. Jessica C. Hill

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Research

Dr. Michael Minch

Professor, Philosophy & Humanities; Director, Peace & Justice Studies Program

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

 

2014 Award Winners

Tara Ivie

Academic Advisor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Advising

Toni Harris

Assistant Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

Dr. Kris Doty

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Servicek

Dr. Karin Anderson

Professor, English & Literature

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Creative Work

Dr. Russell Warne

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Research

 

2013 Award Winners

David Scott

Communication

Dean’s Award for Excellence for Research

Dave Litchford

Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Nancy Rushforth

Integrated Studies

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Creative Work

John MacFarlane

History & Political Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Advising

Natalie Shelley

Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 

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2012 Award Winners

Chris Weigel

Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Recognition Award for Scholarly Research

Rob Carney

English & Literatures

Dean's Recognition Award for Creative Work

Roger Wise

Behavioral Science

Dean's Recognition Award for Service

Kristen Campbell

Behavioral Science

Dean's Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence

Mark Olsen

Integrated Studies

Dean's Recognition Award for Staff Excellence

 

2011 Award Winners

Dr. Christa Albrecht-Crane

English & Literature

Dean’s Recognition Award for Scholarly Research

Alex Caldiero

Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Recognition Award for Creative Work

Roger Wise

Behavioral Science

Dean’s Recognition Award for Service

Kristen Campbell

Behavioral Science

Dean’s Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence

Mark Olson

Integrated Studies

Dean’s Recognition Award for Staff Excellence

 
 

2010 Award Winners

Dr. David Richard Keller

Philosophy & Humanities

Dean’s Recognition Award for Scholarly Research

Scott Carrier

Communication

Dean's Recognition Award for Service

Dawn Chase 

English & Literature

Dean’s Recognition Award for Advisor Excellence

Carol Morgan 

Languages

Dean’s Recognition Award for Staff Excellence