Faculty to Faculty

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 at this time via a Title 3 grant and the Learning Circles are coordinated by the Office of Teaching and Learning. The specific Learning Circle topics vary from semester to semester and faculty 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 Circle here.

Note 9/10/16: Effective immediately, learning circles are available to staff as well (example: librarians)

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 discuss best 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 provided by Title 3 and OTL and 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!

Information and registration for Mentor Academy here.

Note 9/10/16: Effective immediately, mentoring academy is available to staff as well (example: librarians)

Research Collaborates:  Better together!

SCULPT supports the “mentoring model” of IBL which includes an individual faculty member working with a small group of interested students on scholarly or creative projects. However, this model is very labor and time intensive and usually reaches only a fraction of UVU’s student population.

Thus, SCULPT seeks to promote faculty networking in teams on “big questions” or ideas that can drive multiple ongoing scholarly projects across time. The advantage of this approach is several: a) it enables multiple faculty to work together to supervise a potentially larger group of students working on several projects, thus increasing impact without additional time investment and b) as collaborative launch and start projects, they can build student teams that exist over time where advanced students recruit and mentor new students into the projects in ways that dramatically enhance student learning and connection while not increasing faculty burden.

Current collaborates that SCULPT is supporting include:

  • Autism Spectrum Collaborative - focused on questions and concerns with individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders both in the community and in higher education; project lead: Francine Baffa
  • Behavioral  and Cognitive Neuroscience­ Collaborative (BACN) - focused on questions related to neuroscience and the relationship between brain functioning and behavior; project leads: Jessica Hill and Claudia Lieberwirth
  • Student Metacognition and Resistance to Learning Collaborative - focused on questions of how to promote student metacognition to enhance learning and evaluating and testing an Integrated Model of Student Resistance; project lead: Anton Tolman
  • Community Survey Collaborative - focused on developing long-term connections to regional communities in need of data and information to better manage their organizations and cities or towns using surveys developed by UVU; project lead: David Connelly

Note 9/10/16: Effective immediately, research collaborates are available to staff as well (example: librarians).

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, go to this link or 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.