UVU to Kick Off New Academic Year with Faculty Convocation Focused on Being an Inclusive Campus
August 15, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams | 801-863-8504
Utah Valley University faculty gathered together for this year’s faculty convocation will enjoy a message by UVU President Matthew S. Holland and a keynote address entitled “An Inclusive Campus” by UCLA professor Sylvia Hurtado, an expert on student development in college. The Aug. 20 event will also feature workshops, an idea fair, and a faculty reception.
“Faculty convocation is a great opportunity for faculty members to get reoriented with campus services that help students, learn about current pedagogical trends in higher education, and catch up with colleagues,” said Kat Brown, associate vice president for Academic Administration.
Hurtado, a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, has authored more than 100 publications focusing on student development, sociology of education and diversity in higher education. Hurtado speaks at 9:20 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.
Hurtado has studied campus climate as it affects different racial/ethnic groups and has conducted national projects on diverse learning environments and retention, diversification of the scientific workforce, preparing students for a diverse democracy and innovation in undergraduate education. Black Issues in Higher Education named her one of the top 15 Influential Faculty who personify scholarship, service and integrity and whose work has had substantial impact on the academy. Hurtado has earned degrees from Princeton, Harvard and UCLA.
Workshops offered during the faculty convocation will focus on providing faculty with additional information and insight to help them succeed as educators and experience the full benefits of their positions at UVU. Workshop topics include: “The Inclusive Campus,” “Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Faculty Using an Inclusive Lens,” and “Embracing and Valuing Cultural and Socioeconomic Differences to Provide the Best Learning Environment for Diverse Students.”
Faculty members can also visit the idea fair, where more than two dozen booths will be set up to provide information about everything from student services and labs to child care and information technology. The day’s activities will conclude with a reception designed to welcome the more than 30 new faculty members.