The SCULPT initiative is about faculty helping faculty integrate creative works, undergraduate research, and inquiry based learning into their coursework. Here are a few ways in which we can help!

Learning Circles

A Learning Circle is a small faculty community that meets regularly (roughly every other week) during a semester to deepen and enhance their understanding of best practices and key ideas for applying inquiry-based learning and other high-impact practices in their courses. The regular discussions center on ideas from a resource, such as a book or readings, and draw on the experience of faculty who are part of the community. The books and other resources are provided by the Office of Teaching and Learning. The specific Learning Circle topics vary from semester to semester and faculty and staff attending have input into the readings and future Learning Circle themes. Come to share, learn, and improve your courses, your department, and the university. Contact Ursula Sorensen or Trevor Morris in the Office of Teaching and Learning for details on how to get involved.

Information and registration for Learning Circles here.

Become a better mentor: join the Mentoring Academy

Mentoring students in undergraduate research, scholarly inquiry, or creative activities is a complex endeavor. The Mentoring Academy is a collaborative workshop where faculty come to discussbest practices in mentoring student scholarly work and customizing those practices to their own discipline and fields of interest. Discussion is grounded in the book Entering Mentoring, which focuses on effectively setting goals and expectations for students, identifying challenges and difficult issues that arise and devising solutions, evaluating one’s own progress as a mentor, and development of a coherent mentoring philosophy and approach. Faculty who have graduated from the Mentoring Academy are a great source of ideas about mentoring and are willing to consult with and collaborate with colleagues, so if you can’t make it to the Mentoring Academy, please contact one of them and bounce some ideas around!

Register for Mentor Academy here.

Finding Colleagues, Partners, and Student Collaborators

In order to promote the formation of new SCULPT collaborates and to encourage students to use existing resources as they consider potential mentors for their scholarly work and creative activities, we encourage all members of SCULPT and all faculty to participate in the UVU Library’s Scholars’ Open Archive program that uses software called Selected Works. To set up your profile, call or email Catherine McIntyre at x8821 or mcintyca@uvu.edu. By putting in examples of our work with key words, students can more easily identify a mentor who could help them get started on their own project.

If you are passionate about undergraduate research and Inquiry-based Learning and are not a member of SCULPT you are missing out on tremendous opportunities to work with other faculty that share the same concern for student success and deep learning. Consider joining SCULPT to be involved in our ongoing efforts to promote IBL on campus, support faculty activities, and advocate for student success and retention.