2021 Award Winners

Grant Richards

DEAN'S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SERVICE

Professor, Psychology

Grant Richards

Dr. Grant Richards received a bachelor’s degree in animal science, a master’s degree in psychology, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Brigham Young University. Before joining Utah Valley University as a professor of psychology and the department chair of college success studies, he served as the director of special education programs for the Church Educational System for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assistant professor of psychology for BYU-Idaho, and associate director of admissions for BYU. During his 29 years of service at UVU, he has developed many courses, including the Student Success course, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course, the Strengthening Families Program, and mediation courses. “I’ve continued at UVU well beyond retirement age because of the joy that comes to myself and my students from working together outside of the classroom in the community serving others,” Richards says. He has six children and 28 grandchildren.

Leandra Hernandez

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Communications

Leandra Hinojosa Hernández

Dr. Leandra H. Hernández earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and radio, TV, and film from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in communication and media studies from the University of Houston, and a doctorate in communication with a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from Texas A&M University. Her professional experience includes serving as assignments editor at CW Houston and in research associate positions at Plunkett Research and Human Capital Innovations. Her research specialties include reproductive justice, cultural competence, media ethics, and journalistic framing of Latina/o/x and women’s health contexts. Her favorite part about teaching at UVU “has been the opportunity to develop meaningful, significant, and long-lasting relationships with students.” When she is not teaching or researching, she loves visiting her family, rock climbing and hiking with her husband, Pedro, and watching true crime documentaries.

Lori Duke

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE STAFF

Associate Director, MFT Clinical Coordinator

Lori Duke

Lori L. Duke came to Utah Valley State College in 1998 as a single mother, completing an associate degree in individualized studies and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, with a psychology emphasis. She began working at UVU in 1999 and became a full-time employee in 2003. She has served in many roles, including the manager of Instant Info desks, assistant director of One Stop, and an academic advisor. She is currently the associate director and clinical coordinator for the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She credits her accomplishments to the support of her mentors, who helped her navigate college and believed in her potential. The mentorship she received has inspired her to pay it forward: “I have tried to make sure every student I have worked with knows they are important to me and that I care about them and their success.” She is the proud mother of five children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys camping, spending time in nature, running, reading, and gardening”

Fred White

DEAN’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SCHOLARSHIP OR CREATIVE WORK

Professor, Integrated Studies

Frederick H. White

Dr. Frederick H. White received a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Southern California. Before joining Utah Valley University in 2010, he taught at Memorial University in the Department of German and Russian. In addition to his current position as professor of Russian and integrated studies, he has also served as the associate dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the associate vice president of engaged learning in Academic Affairs at UVU. He is the only tenure-track faculty member teaching Russian courses that explore Russian culture from 988 to the present day. White has published eight books and over 40 academic articles on Russian literature, film, and culture. He enjoys the opportunities for interdisciplinary thinking and the student-focused approach at UVU.”

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2020 Award Winners

Martin McDonell

Professor, Behavioral Science

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Service

Nathan Gorelick

Associate Professor, English & Literature 

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Scholarship or Creative Work

Gregory Jackson

Assistant Professor, Integrated Studies

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Teaching

Kristen Smith

Administrative Assistant, Communication

Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff

 
 

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

 

Fourth Section (Section 4)

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