Awtrey, Jessica L
Assistant Dean - University College
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

I have been at Utah Valley University (UVU) since 2010 and am currently the Assistant Dean for University College. I am passionate about education, hence my commitment to the largest teaching institution in the state. There is nothing more rewarding than having students see their potential and then work toward achieving it. I find every avenue I can to involve myself in contributing to the overall success of our students. I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities I have to contribute to achieving the mission of University College through student transitions and the first year experience, developmental education in mathematics and basic composition, and student academic support services.

I have an affinity to “non-traditional” students who make up about 49% of UVU’s student population. As a non-traditional student myself, I have personally experienced the benefits to my educational pursuits, and my life, through courses offered in University College. It is no small task to complete a college degree, regardless of circumstances, and I appreciate being directly involved in empowering students to academic and personal success through support, programming, and experiences that will help shape their lives.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah, In Progress, Expected 2019
M.P.A., University of Illinois, 2014
B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University, 2010

Research Focus:

American Political Institutions
American Political History and Philosophy
Government & Ethics


Vice Presidential Award of Excellence: Efficiency & Innovation, 2013

Professional Experience:

Assistant Dean- University College, 2014-present
Administrative Support/Program Coordinator- Academic Affairs, Office of Engaged Learning, 2010-2014
Administrative Support III- Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009-2010
Student Intern- Religious Studies program, 2008

University Boards & Committee Service:

Member, Engaged Learning Week Planning Committee, 2015-present
Advisory Board Member, International & Multicultural Studies Advisory Board, 2014-present
Member, University College Council, 2014- present
Member, Summer University Events Committee, 2014- present
Member, SWAT Council, 2014-present
Member, University Image Committee- 2014-present
Member, Advisement Forum- 2014- present
Chair, ADHD Planning Committee, 2014-present
Member, University Events Committee, 2013- present
Coordinator, Engaged Learning University Distinction, 2013-2014
Coordinator, University Forum, 2010-2014
Co-Chair, Carnegie Foundation Reclassification Committee, 2014
Member, Faculty Convocation Committee, 2012-2013
Administrative Liaison, Strategic China Initiative, 2010-2013
Administrative Liaison, Scholarly & Creative Activities Council, 2011-2013
Administrative Liaison, Grants for Engaged Learning Advisory Board, 2011- 2013
Co-Editor, Office of Engaged Learning Strategic Planning, 2010-2013

External Boards & Committee Service:

Trustee, American Fork Library Board of Trustees, 2014- present
Membership Chair, Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, 2013- 2015

Professional Organizations:

Association for Deans & Directors for University College
Golden Key National Honor Society
NACADA- National Academic Advising Association
National Association of Developmental Education
Phi Theta Kappa ΦΘΚ
Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters
UIS Alumni
Utah Valley Chamber Foundation- Women’s Business Network
Utah Women in Higher Education Network
Utah Women and Leadership

University Professional Development:

Graduate, Utah Valley Senior Executive Leadership Forum (UVSELF), 2016
Graduate, UVU Advisor Training Academy, 2014
Graduate, UVU Human Resource Academy, 2012