BACKUS, ELLEN
Title:
Associate Professor - Developmental Math
Office:
LA 221
Phone:
(801) 863-6187
Fax:
(801) 863-6462
Mail Code:
176
Last Updated: 12/9/16 -

Ellen J. Backus, M.A.

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

 

 

Education

 

Master of Arts                                 Brigham Young University,  Provo, Utah

1992                                                Mathematics

 

 

Bachelor of Arts                               Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Cum Laude                                       Mathematics Education

1980                                                  

 

 

Associate of Arts                              Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho

High Honors                                     General Education

1977

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

7/08 – Present                             Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

                                                      Associate Professor 

                                                      Department of Developmental Mathematics

                                                                      MAT 0950  Pre-Algebra

                                                                      MAT 0990  Beginning Algebra

                                                                      MAT 1000  Beginning/Intermediate Algebra

                                                                      MAT 1010  Intermediate Algebra

                                                                      MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra Live 

                                                                      Interactive class

                                                                      CLSS 1010  Math Success

                                                                      Math 1050 College Algebra

                                                                      MAT 1010/1050 combo course

                                                                      Math 2020 Math for Elementary Ed majors

                                                                      Mgmt 2240 Business Calculus

 

7/04 – 7/08                                  Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

                                                        Assistant Professor of Developmental Math,                                                       

                                                                      

7/02- 7/04                                    Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

                                                        Instructor Developmental Math

                                                       

 

8/99 – 6/02                                   Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

                                                      Lecturer 

                                                       Department of Mathematics                                                       

                                                                      Math 1010  Intermediate Algebra

                                                                      Math 1050  College Algebra

                                                                      Math 1060  Trigonometry

                                                                      Math 1100  Brief Calculus  

                                                                      Math 1210  Calculus I                                                                  

                                                                

8/96 – 8/99                                   Utah Valley Community College, Orem, Utah                                                    

                                                       Adjunct instructor of Mathematics,

                                                       Department of  Mathematics  

 

1/83 – 4/95                                   Utah Technical College, Orem, Utah

                                                       Adjunct instructor of Mathematics,

                                                       Department of  Mathematics  

                                                                      Math 1010  Intermediate Algebra

                                                                      Math 1050  College Algebra

                                                                      Math 1060  Trigonometry

                                                                      Math 1100  Brief Calculus

                                                                      Math 1210  Calculus I                                                                     

                                                                      Math 2010  Math for Elementary Ed majors

                                

 

8/894/91                                    Brigham Young University,  Provo, Utah

                                                       Graduate Assistant, Department of Mathematics

                                                                      Math 110  College Algebra

 

 

8/83 – 12/83                                   Brigham Young University,  Provo, Utah

                                                        Adjunct instructor, Department of Mathematics

                                                                      Math 110  College Algebra

 

 

 

 

1/81 – 6/83                                    Pleasant Grove Junior High School, Pleasant Grove,       

                                                       Utah

                                                                      7th grade Basic Math

                                                                      8th grade Basic Math

                                                                      Pre-algebra

                                                                      Algebra I

Scholarship

         “The Effect of Mathematics Hybrid Course on Students’ Mathematical Beliefs”(2015), Kuo-Liang                Chang, Roxanne Brinkerhoff, Ellen Backus, Utah Valley University.

          

         Legacy High School Community Engagement Program (2008 – 2014) with Jane   

         Loftus,   “Creating an Inclusive and Sustainable Community Engagement Program”, presented at              International Mentoring Association Conference, Gilbert, AZ, 2014

  

         Research study (2004 – 2007)  Tracking students from MAT 1000 as changes are   

        made.  Presented this information at SWADE conference October 2007.

 

        Research study (2004 -2005).  Comparison of prerequisites with outcomes for

        MAT 1000 Beginning/Intermediate Algebra.

 

Presentations

            

           International Mentoring Association Conference, Gilbert, AZ, 2014, Legacy       

           High School Community Engagement program with Jane Loftus.   “Creating an        

           Inclusive and Sustainable Community Engagement Program”.

 

            SWADE, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2014, Presented  "Math Week at UVU."

             UMATYC, UVU, Orem, UT, September 2014, Presented "Math Week at UVU."

            

           Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Related  

           Fields, January 2008. Presented Research study (2004 – 2007) tracking students     

           From MAT 1000 as changes were made in prerequisites.

 

           

           SWADE Conference.  Presentation at SWADE conference  in SLC, UT, October   

           2007.   Research study (2004 – 2007) - Tracking students from MAT 1000 as      

           changes are made in prerequisites.

         

           Professional Development workshops.  Presentation at UVU, Orem, UT, 

           Presented ALEKS  2014         

           August 2005   Presented MyMathLab for  faculty in Developmental Math

           October 2005  Presented for Developmental Math faculty.  Topic:  Enhanced Math        

           classes at Dixie College.          

           Presented information on Dendrite Theory, Study Groups, Reading a Textbook and                    

           Math Anxiety.    November and December 2004

 

           Math Department Colloquium.   Presentation at UVSC, Orem, UT.  Presented      

           information about core objectives and topics of MATH 1050, MAT 1010  and             

           MAT 1000 for the Math Department at UVSC.

           

           Expanding Your Horizons Conference,  Mathematics presentation at UVSC, 

           Orem, UT, March 2005

 

         

Conference Participation

 

           

           International Mentoring Association Conference,

          Gilbert, AZ, 2014

 

          South West  Association for Developmental Education,  SWADE

          Salt Lake City, UT, October 2014

          Salt Lake City, UT,  October 2007

           Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2004

 

          

          Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Related

           Fields, HIC

           Honolulu, HI, January 2008

 

           

          UMATYC

          Orem, Utah, September 2014

          Orem, Utah, September 2004

 

          AMATYC,

          San Diego, CA, November 2005

          Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2003

          Chicago, Illinois, November 2000

 

          Summer University, UVSC

          Orem, Utah, May 2004

 

          Expanding Your Horizons Conference, UVSC

          Orem, Utah,  2004 – 2007

           

 

Professional Organizations

 

          AMATYC  - American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges

          UMATYC   -  Utah Mathematical Association of  Two Year Colleges

          SWADE     -  South West Association of Developmental Education

           IMA –  International Mentoring Association                                          

 

 

Service

 

          Utah Valley University  

         

          Evening Coordinator Dev Math Fall 2016 - present

          Developmental Math Department Website Committee Spring 2016 - present

          Developmental Math Department Marketing Committee Spring 2016 – present

          Member Math Girls Rock Committee Fall 2015 - present

          Member of Math Week Committee Sep 2015 - present

          Chair of Math Week Committee Dec 2011 – April 2015

          Developmental Math Department RTP Committee 2010 - 2013

          Assistant Chair Legacy High School Engagement Committee Fall 2008 – 2014

          UTAH State Math Contest Committee Dec 2008 – Apr 2009

          CSS (SLSS) Department RTP Committee Jan 2008 – April 2009

          Served on Math Summit June 2007

          School of GA Faculty Excellence Award Committee Spring 2006

          MAT 1010 Course Coordinator Fall 2005 – Spring 2008

          Outcomes Assessment Committee Member Fall 2005 - 2006

          Math Success Committee Spring 2005 – Fall 2005

          Math 1010 Public Relations Committee Member Spring 2005

          Faculty Senate Member, 2004 – 2007          

          NADE Certification Committee Member 2004 – 2005

          Member “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” Committee 2004             

          Search Committee for Developmental Mathematics:   Summer 2004, 2005, Spring

          2007 

          Chair Department Faculty Development Committee, 2007- 2008    

          Member Faculty Development Committee 2004 – 2007

          School of General Academics Curriculum Committee Member 2003 – 2008   

          Expanding Your Horizons Committee Member 2003 – 2004  

          School of GA Faculty Advisory Board for Teaching Excellence, Scholarship and                                        

          Service Committee Fall 2002

          Math Judge Sterling Scholarship Competition Spring 2000

           

         

Awards

 

          Faculty Excellence Award nominee, UVSC, School of General Academics, 2006-

          2007

          Utah Valley Community College, Math Department, Adjunct Faculty Excellence    

          Award 1989

          Brigham Young University, Student Teacher Award, Spring 1981

          Ricks Junior College, Divisional Woman of the Year Award, Spring 1977