About the Office of Engaged Learning

The Office of Engaged Learning (OEL) promotes and supports the five pillars of academic engagement at UVU. OEL develops institutional strategies for engagement, facilitates innovative practices, and oversees a variety of initiatives and programs including Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL), Global Spotlight, High-Impact Community Projects, and the D.C. Experience as a few examples. “Engaged” at UVU involves active and collaborative learning, which provides students the opportunity to connect their academic experience with their professional and civic lives.

OEL also coordinates the efforts of the Capitol Reef Field Station. A vital participant in the advancement of engaged opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Internships

Internship Services is the central location for organizing, promoting, and coordinating the internship process. Our mission is to support engaged learning and student success at Utah Valley University by developing exceptional internship opportunities, supporting student internship goals, managing the internship process, and offering comprehensive information and assessment to our academic and community partners. We provide reliable and extraordinary service to faculty, staff, students, and our community partners.

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Contact:

McKay Isham
Interim Director of Internship Services
mckay.isham@uvu.edu

Community engagement

Contact:

Jon Westover
Director of Academic Service Learning
jonathan.westover@uvu.edu

Summer Valente
Director of the Center for Social Impact
summer.valente@uvu.edu

Our institutional commitment to community engagement is reflected in our university mission, our Carnegie classifications (since 2008 and reaffirmed in 2015), and our active participation in the Utah Campus Compact. Our understanding of community engagement has been developed in several areas of the university (Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Relations) with a strategic objective to work with governmental, corporate, and civic partners in reciprocal and dynamic ways. The Office of Engaged Learning supports more than 170 service-learning designated courses (250 sections) offered each semester, impacting about 8,000 students each year.

Service Learning Volunteer GEL Grants

Global and intercultural

The Office for Global Engagement assists faculty, students, and staff in developing and maintaining strong international and intercultural relationships; supports globally-focused programs of study, service, and research; and creates strategic international partnerships with key institutions around the world. Global Engagement has four areas of concentration: Outbound International Programs, Inbound International Programs, International Internships, and Domestic Multicultural Experiences.

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The global and intercultural initiatives underscore UVU’s commitment to valuing global and intercultural opinions, backgrounds, traditions, perspectives, and experiences. UVU recognizes that fostering an intercultural learning curriculum and an understanding of and appreciation for a variety of cultural perspectives and experiences are essential elements of higher education. We provide support for faculty and students while offering a G/I distinction that recognizes student academic interaction with diverse ideas and people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

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Contact:

Baldomero Lago
Chief International Officer - Vice Rector
Global Engagement
lagoba@uvu.edu

 

 

 

Bryan Waite
Director of Global/Intercultural Academic Programming
Global Intercultural Initiative
waitebr@uvu.edu

Undergraduate research and creative works

Contact:

Nichole Ortega
Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works
Nichole.Ortega@uvu.edu

Shelly Andrus
Coordinator of Engaged Learning Programs
landrus@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University believes that undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities (URSCA) are indeed the “pedagogy of the 21st century” and an increasingly important aspect of higher education. All students should have the opportunity to participate in inquiry-based learning, as broadly defined within their discipline. To this end, OEL offers programs and support for students' URSCA efforts, including the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the D. Clark and Pam Turner Endowment for Engaged Learning in STEM Research Fellowships (TEELS), and the Presidential Award for Faculty Scholarly Activities. Furthermore, OEL believes that mentoring is a key component in students' URSCA success.

View Research Page GEL Grants

Engaged curriculum

The Office of Engaged Learning strongly believes students’ academic learning is facilitated by presenting content and methods within a real-world context. “Curricular Engagement describes the teaching, learning, and scholarship that engages faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration” (Carnegie). To this end, OEL supports faculty development toward engaged learning and is working to provide assessments of curricular-engaged course.

High Impact Engaged Learning Grants Grants of Research for Engaged Educators and Novices Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Grant

Contact:

Ala'a Alsarhan
Director of Engaged Curriculum
alaa.alsarhan@uvu.edu

Capitol Reef Field Station

Contact:

Michael T. Stevens
Director of the Capitol Reef Field Station
michael.stevens@uvu.edu

Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS) is a center for education, research, and conservation located inside Capitol Reef National Park. UVU is one of only eight universities in the United States that operate a field station inside a national park. Through our unique partnership, we are able to facilitate a variety of academic activities linked to all five pillars of engaged learning.

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