Sorensen, Ursula Nuno
Title:
Associate Director, Office of Teaching and Learning
Office:
LI 514
Phone:
801-863-8372
Fax:
801-863-6500
Mail Code:
125
Last Updated: 5/30/16 -

What I Can Help You With:

  • Faculty Coaching and Consultations
  • Student Collaborators on Teaching Program

Education:

  • Ph.D(c)., Health Promotion and Education, December 2016, University of Utah, Salt Lake, City, Utah
  • M.S., Health Sciences, April 2000, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • B.S., Health Sciences, April 2000, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Professional Employment:

Office of Teaching and Learning - Associate DIrector - Utah Valley University (June 2008 - present)

Organize and facilitate faculty development opportunities, oversee budget, one on one consultations with faculty members, serve on committees, organize and facillitate the Student Collaborators on Teaching program, and work on collaborative research projects relevant to faculty development.

Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence - Interim Director - Utah Valley University (July 2007 - May 2008)

Organize and facilitate faculty development opportunities, oversee budget, one on one consultations with faculty members, serve on committees, organize and facillitate the Student Collaborators on Teaching program, and work on collaborative research projects relevant to faculty development.

Community Health - Adjunct Faculty - Utah Valley University (August 2001 - present)

Instruction of undergraduate students. Course taught Introduction to Personal Health and Wellness, Stress Management, Nutrition, First and CPR, and Women's Health.

Teaching and Learning - Graduate Teaching Assistant - University of Utah (August 2002 - April 2003)

Instruction of undergraduate students and assisted school district liaisons. Course taught Introduction into Teaching. Under the direction of school district liaisons helped grade papers and teach undergraduate students.

Community Health - Lecturer - Utah Valley University (August 2000 - July 2001)

Instruction of undergraduate students. Courses taught included Introduction to Personal Health and Wellness and First Aid and CPR.

Community Health - Adjunct Faculty - Utah Valley University (August 1997 - April 2000)

Instruction of undergraduate students. Course taught Introduction to Personal Health and Wellness.

Health Sciences - Teaching Assistant - Brigham Young University (August 1999 - April 2000)

Instruction of undergraduate students. Course taught included First Aid and CPR.

Health Sciences - Research Assistant - Brigham Young University (August 1996 - April 1999)

Assisted professor with research. Researched topics that ranged from driver fatigue to drug use. Assisted the department with their national accreditation process.

College Teaching Experience:

  • Introduction to Teaching TL 2100
  • Personal Health and Wellness HLTH 1100
  • First Aid HLTH 1200
  • Nutrition Through the Lifespan HLTH 2020
  • Stress Management HLTH 2400
  • Women's Health HLTH 3240

Educational Development Philosophy: 

 Faculty development is at the heart of all good teaching.  As a faculty developer I consider it my goal to work with all faculty to help them on their journey to successful teaching, which in turn will lead to student success.

Teaching Philosophy:

 “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” – Sylvia Boorstein

As a teacher I believe that I have to be present when I am teaching.  This presence helps me assess more effectively my students’ comprehension and understanding.  I believe that it is my role as a teacher to help my students become lifelong learners.  I tell them that I am a facilitator or “guide on the side” as we embark on our new path to a healthy lifestyle.  From the first day of class I begin with a discussion on what my role is as a facilitator or teacher in the class and what their own role is as a student in the class.  Asking my students questions on what they can learn outside of class, and what they may need to rely on their peers or me inside of class.  

 Research Interest: 

  • Mindfulness
  • Faculty Burnout
  • Student motivation and self-efficacy 
  • Student as partners
  • Collaborative learning
  • Engaged Learning

Scholarly Activities and Publications: 

         Glasberg, S. & Sorensen, U.N.  (5/2015).  Faculty development:  Some best practices from west coast to east coast.  Presentation given at the Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta.

         Sorensen, U.N.  (2/2015).  Teaching our students mindfulness to foster attention and awareness  Presentation given at the Lilly Teaching Conference, Newport Beach.

         Sorensen, U.N.  (6/2014).  Incorporating mindful walking combining self-efficacy motivation messages into the classroom.  Presentation given at the Meeting of International Consortium for Educational Development, Stockholm.

         Tolman, A.O. & Sorensen, U.N.  (1/2013).  Foundations for meaningful learning:  An integrated model of student resistance.  Presentation given at the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference, Orlando.

          Tolman, A.O. & Sorensen, U,N. (10/2012).  Winning them over:  Helping faculty overcome student resistance Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, Seattle.

          Tolman, A.O. & Sorensen, U.N.  (10/2010). Overcoming inertia: Campus-wide strategies for improving teaching. Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, St. Louis.

          Sorenson, D.S., Stewart, R., & Sorensen, U.N. (10/2010). Student consultants: Gateway to new directions in faculty development. Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, St. Louis.

           Tolman, A.O. & Sorensen, U. N. (6/2010). Getting everyone on board: Ideas for campus-wide engagement in effective teaching. Presentation given at the Meeting of International Consortium for Educational Development, Barcelona.  

           Sorensen, U.N., Tolman, A. O., & Sorenson, D. L. (6/2010). Strategies for utilizing students in academic development. Presentation given at the Meeting of International Consortium for Educational Development, Barcelona.  

            Sorensen, U. N. & Tolman, A. O. (10/2009). Faculty development 2.0: Regenerating teaching and student learning using LCT. Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, Houston.

            Sorenson, D.S., Binks, K., & Sorensen, U. N.  (10/2009).  Welcoming the change of involving students on faculty/instructional development.. Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, Houston.

            Tolman, A. O. & Sorensen, U.N. (10/2008).  The UVU Teaching Academy: Understanding student resistance, theories, and practice. Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, Reno.

            Sorensen, U.N. (10/2004). A survivor’s guide to fighting stress. Presentation given at the Annual Leadership Conference at Utah Valley State College.

            Sorensen, U.N. (4/2004). Incorporating group controversy in a college classroom: The impact on students. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Diego.

            Sorensen, U.N. (2003). Faculty collaboration in higher education. Poster presented at the Annual College of Education’s Research Fair, University of Utah.

             Sorensen, U.N. (1999). Driver fatigue and at-risk groups: Significance for health educators. Journal of Health Education, 30(1), 20-23.