UVU To Host Fifth Annual Scholarship Of Teaching And Engagement Conference
March 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807
Utah Valley University will host the fifth annual Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement conference March 28-29 in the Sorensen Student Center.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement — or SoTE — conference began five years ago, to support UVU’s goal of being a center of thought and a model for community engagement and engaged learning. The conference aims to be a place where dialogue and true sharing of ideas can take place about how to improve the relationship between higher education and local, national and global communities. It also promotes engaged learning in classrooms through improved teaching, connecting the classroom to the world and assessing student improvement.
“SoTE differs from traditional academic conferences in that we are not as concerned with content or scholarly reports in different fields, rather we are concerned with how to improve our interactions with each other and with our community partners,” said Anton Tolman, director of UVU’s Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence.
The first SoTE conference had about 25 participants. This year organizers expect close to 150, including civic and community leaders, administrators, staff and faculty from more than eight institutions of higher education in the intermountain west.
The first day of the conference will focus primarily on community engagement with several panels and speakers addressing issues of interest for civic and business leaders. Ronda Menlove, Utah State Representative and senior vice provost at Utah State University, will address public policy issues and partnerships between higher education and the community.
“Community leaders will get the chance to discuss their ideas and concerns about how we manage opportunities and interactions in ways that benefits both students and society — which means how it might impact their businesses, cities and towns,” Tolman said.
The second day will be geared toward educators with a focus on engaged learning within the classroom, and creating service-learning opportunities for students. Participants will have multiple workshops to choose from, with presentations from successful teachers around the state.
“The goal for SoTE is that everyone who participates will come away with new ideas and visions of new possibilities for how each of them could contribute to improving higher education, student learning and society,” Tolman said. “We hope they will leave and follow-through on what they have learned and create new opportunities for growth and development.”
Registration for the conference is $25 for one day and $40 for both days, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. To register and view the preliminary conference program, visit uvu.edu/facultycenter/sote/sote5/index.html.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.