Faculty in Industry and Business (FIB) 

FIB Update

To be compliant we needed to change the dates of when the externships can be offered. The externship and payment should be in the same fiscal year, it cannot cross years.

We have changed the forms to one application similar to our equipment and professional development forms.

The End-of-Year report will be a form similar to our equipment and professional development End-of-Year report.  We will no longer require a PPT presentation and a department meeting report.

We do still encourage you to share your experience and knowledge gained with your colleagues.

There are also new deadlines for reporting and payments, please read the updated processes below.

Thanks for your patience.

2016-17 Schedule:  May 1-31, 2017
2017-18 Schedule: August 1, 2017 through May 1-31, 2018



Faculty in Industry and Business (FIB) Purpose

In an attempt to enable our instructors to better prepare students for employment, instructors are being invited to participate in a summer externship. The program is called Faculty in Industry and Business Externship (FIB).

FIB Resources

Downloadable Files

Application Guidelines 
Who May Apply

Full-time UVU faculty members teaching in a CTE two-year program (teaching lower division curriculum) are invited to apply for a stipend and benefits coverage for a one (40 hour) or two week (80 hour) period to work in a business or industry which requires skills representative of those taught by the instructor in his/her department. Faculty may do a one week externship, two - one week externships, or a 2 week externship.  Faculty can only do two weeks within the fiscal year.  This experience needs to be completed within the current academic year. (refer to schedule listed above) 

Application and Approval Process

Applications for externships are due the last Wednesday of December.  (applications submitted will be for May of the current fiscal year and August of the next fiscal year) If a regular teaching assignment is being held by the participating faculty member during the externship period, it must be at a different time of the day than the externship and a faculty-overload form must be submitted.

All applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for funding.  The CTE Office will review applications and select participants based upon instructor, departmental and program needs and recommendations of the applicant’s dean. Upon receipt of this introductory information, instructors should make initial contact with the business/industry where the proposed training station will be located and secure approval subject to a successful application. A letter (see FIB Resources - Memo from Director) introducing the program to the employers is provided for your use in making contacts. With a firm commitment from the employer, the instructor may go ahead with submission of the application. All requested application information must be complete. Applications will be processed, and award letters will be sent by the first Wednesday in March. 

Site Visits

 After applications are submitted, reviewed, and the selection process completed, an on-site visit of the proposed training sites will be made by the CTE Director to determine suitability, safety, and to provide additional information to the employer. Any problems or concerns should be resolved with the CTE Director. Notification will be provided to each applicant and their dean to indicate which applicants are being funded. The employer will then sign the application at the on-site visit.

Payment Process

Upon completion, and before a stipend can be approved for payment, participants are required to fill out a End of Year Report and submit it along with their Hours Log by the first Wednesday of June for May externships and the first Wednesday of October for August externships.

A lump sum payment will be paid through the regular payroll system. The stipend for the one-week  (40 hour) externship is $1,250, and the two-week (80 hour) externship will be $2,500. Workman’s Compensation Insurance, Social Security, and Retirement will be provided by the college at the instructor’s normal rate. Any personal tax withholding etc. will be taken out at the instructor’s normal rate. If the externship employer decides to extend the externship, the applicant becomes the company’s employee for the extended time period, and the employer is responsible to pay the instructor’s salary and benefits for that time period. The salary and payment by the employer for time beyond the one- or  two-week externship will be negotiated between the instructor and the employer and will be paid directly to the instructor by the employer.

Training Site

Externships will be held within the state of Utah and entail 40-80 work hours. The instructor and employer negotiate the specific work dates and duties. Externs are responsible to provide their own vehicle, gas, housing, and food. Applicants are to contact and secure a related work site/employer. Instructors are provided program information to use as they contact employers (see FIB Resources-Memo from Director). Questions can be addressed to Kim Chiu, CTE Director, chiuki@uvu.edu, 801-863-8563. The CTE Director will visit each job-site prior to the employment period to determine approval of the site, obtain the employer’s signature on the application, and to answer the employer’s questions. Employers are requested to treat participants as one of their regular employees with the same expectations. Participants are to abide by the same rules and regulations as the company’s regular employees and demonstrate professional work ethics. The instructor will be paid their normal benefit coverage by UVU. Employers may extend the employment period at their discretion, but the employer will be responsible to provide the instructor’s salary and benefits for additional time worked beyond the 40 or 80 hour externship.

Additional Information

No training sites will be approved in businesses which are owned or operated by the applicant or by the applicant’s spouse or relatives. The externship may be utilized towards professional development activities for faculty tenure. Instructors should check with their school/departmental RTP Committee for clarification of department requirements. The instructor is responsible to document and submit paperwork for tenure purposes.

Participants Expectation
Externships Program Expectations
  • Identify and contact the potential externship employer and confirm tentative agreement for externship.
  • Coordinate with the CTE Office, your department chair and dean for approval of your externship site, beginning and ending dates, requirements, etc.
  • Turn in your application to the CTE Office by the last Wednesday in December for May (current fiscal year) or August (the next fiscal year).

If selected for the externship
  • Turn in the award contract to the CTE Office.
  • Attend the worksite during the specified time period. Log your hours and obtain signatures of your worksite supervisor before turning in to the CTE Office. Keep a copy for your records.
  • Send in a FIB Year-End-Report to the CTE Office (by first Wednesday in June for May externship and by first Wednesday in October for August externship).
  • Send a thank you card or letter to your cooperating employer.
For Prospective Employers
Objectives of the program are as follows
  • Provide instructors with work experiences to better understand what employers are requiring of employees in terms of the specific subject(s) they teach (particularly focusing upon academic and technical skill requirements).
  • Expose each instructor to the work place environment to enable them to better condition their students to meet job site expectations in terms of technical and non-technical skills.
  • Enable the instructor to more effectively develop instructional activities for use in classrooms, shops, and labs.
  • Provide educators with valuable contacts in the business/industrial community.
  • Update the instructor’s technical skills.
  • Orient the instructor to new technology and methods.
  • Encourage additional work sites into partnerships and advisory relationships.
  • Open new opportunities for student internships, cooperative work experiences, etc.

A stipend and benefit coverage is provided by Utah Valley University for the instructor to work at an appropriate training site for a period of one or two weeks (40 or 80 hours) during the the current fiscal year. Successful applicants are required to secure a training site for themselves. The following is asked of a cooperating employer:

  • No employee is to be replaced by the instructor being employed.
  • The instructor is to be treated as a regular employee to the extent possible and is to meet normal expectations of the employer.
  • To the extent possible, the employer will help the instructor understand the abilities, attitudes, and skills expected of employees.
  • A specific individual be designated as the instructor’s supervisor and contact person at the place of employment.
  • An on-site contact will be made by the UVU CTE Department prior to final approval of the applicant’s participation.

Employers may extend the 1- or 2-week externship by picking up the salary and benefits of the instructor for an additional period of time. Due to conflict of interest, no training sites will be approved in businesses which are owned or operated by the applicant or by the applicant’s spouse or relatives.

Employers indicate their willingness to participate by signing the instructor’s application form. Approved externships will involve an on-site visit from the CTE Director to answer questions and obtain contract signatures. Contact Kim Chiu, CTE Director at 801-863-8563/chiuki@uvu.edu  if you have any further questions or concerns regarding the FIB Externship Program.




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