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Calendar of Events Fall 2009

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Faculty Contracts Begin Opening Week Meetings New Student Welcome Fall Semester Begins


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FAAR, Three-yr Review, Rank & Tenure Applications & Post Tenure Review due to Department Chair Last day to drop regular session w/o a “W” on record; Drop policy enforced Last day to register/add classes Labor Day FAAR, Three-yr Review, Rank & Tenure Applications & PostTenure Review due to Department LRT Committee

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FAAR, Three-yr Review, Rank & Tenure Applications & Post-Tenure Review due to College/School LRT First Session Ends Second Session Begins Applications for Sabbatical Leave due to Department Chair Harvest Holiday Last day to withdraw from individual classes with a “W” on record; Drop policy enforced

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Applications for Sabbatical Leave due to Dean FAAR, Three-yr Review, rank & Tenure Applications & PostTenure Review due to Dean 16 Applications for Sabbatical Leave due to ULRT Committee 22 Three-yr Review due to Provost 25-27 Thanksgiving Recess

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Applications for Sabbatical Leave due to Provost Fall Class Instruction ends Rank & Tenure Applications due to ULRT Committee Study Day Final Exams FAAR, Three-yr Review with Department Chair Christmas Post-Tenure Review due to Provost

Message from the Provost: Dear Colleagues: It is my pleasure to welcome you back to campus and to introduce this year’s first Academic Affairs Newsletter. Settling into this post, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting immersed into the SUU culture and appreciating the university’s remarkable history and distinctive personality. As I learn more about you I am in awe of your accomplishments - large and small. This newsletter is Exhibit A in demonstrating your excellence and on-going contribution to our students, to the campus, and to your field. I challenge each of you to be conscious of the unique opportunity afforded us to continue building a great university on the solid foundation that so many dedicated individuals have laid. I also challenge us to consider together how we can make SUU an even better place. As the campus winds down its current strategic plan, the timing is right to engage the faculty and staff on developing an academic road-map for the future. It might seem somewhat incongruous that I ask this now when we are operating without some of the critical resources needed to realize our full potential. I would argue otherwise. I think it is vitally important for us to map out our ideal future because brighter economic times are ahead. While we might be in a period of temporary austerity it is important we not lose sight of what we can be. Our success will be determined not only by the strategic use of incremental resources, but also how systematic and focused we are in developing our vision. The strategic planning process will be critical to the academic future of the campus. I look forward to engaging you in this process and hearing your perspectives. I hope to see each of you individually this year to hear about your work and to thank you for your continued dedication to Southern Utah University. No doubt you are in for another very, very successful year. Sincerely, Bradley J. Cook Provost

Inside this issue:

New Faculty (pg. 16) College Highlights (pg. 4-13) Rank & Tenure Advancements (pg. 17)

Faculty Development Grant Awards (pg. 19) UGRASP (pg. 14) 3

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Management & Marketing Dr. Azmi Ahmad published “Quality Improvement, Faculty Job Satisfaction, and AACSB Accreditation,” in the proceedings of the International Academy of Business and Economics Annual Conference, LasVegas, NV (October 2007). Dr. Lisa Assante co-published “A Taxonomy of Academic Quality Indicators for Four-year US Based Undergraduate Hospitality Management Programs in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. Also, she was the recipient of the SUU Outstanding Educator Award for 2009. Dr. Amy Moore had four articles published in prestigious journals in 2008, and she continues to be the Associate Editor of the Applied Economics Research Bulletin. Professor Greg Powell published “Academic Dishonesty at Southern Utah University: Policies, Procedures and Experiences in the School of Business,” in the Journal of the Academy of Business Administration, Spring/Summer 2008. He also won the award of SUU Professor of the Year for 2009. Dr. Wayne Roberts published three journal articles and had two papers pre-

sented at academic venues in 2008. He also continues to advise the DEX Marketing Club. Dr. Emmett Steed published “Establishing a Hospitality Research Center: Examining Best Practices and Stakeholder Perceptions” in the Proceedings of the 13th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism in January, 2008. Dr. Sophie Sukalakamala published “Food practices, changes, preferences, and acculturation of Arabs and Thais in the United States: A cross cultural comparison” in The 21st World Congress of International Federation for Home Economic, (2008). Dr. Carl Templin presented “Teaching and Assessing Ethics as a Learning Objective: One School’s Journey” at the 18th Annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in March, 2008. Dr. Gerry Calvasina published ”Recent Untied States Supreme Court Decisions and Human Resource Management Decision Making: The 2007/2008 Term,” and “Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act” in the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues. He also advises the SUU Society for Human Resource Management club.

Dr. Alan Hamlin published “A Comparison and Content Analysis of Professor Reactions to Scenarios of Academic Dishonesty at Three American Universities,” in the proceedings of the annual conference of the Mountain Plains Management Association, Kearney, NE (October 13, 2007).

Economics & Finance Dr. Joe Baker, Dr. Kim Craft and Dr. David Tufte presented “Job Satisfaction of Economics Ph.D. Recipients” at the fall, 2008 meetings of the Mountain Plains Management Association. Dr. Joe Baker published, “Class, Ability, Mobility: Economic and Academic Paths from Middle School to Early Adulthood. “ He also gave the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values Distinguished Faculty Lecture, fall 2008, titled “Class, Ability, Mobility: Is it better to be rich or smart?”, and he received a research grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to examine job satisfaction of Ph.D. scientists and engineers. Dr. David Berri published, “Do PrettyBoy Quarterbacks Make More Money?” in The New York Times: Play Magazine (Sept. 2008). He also co-published “The Role of Managers in Team Performance” in the International Journal of Sport Finance (May 2009).

After several years of careful preparation and dialog among faculty and students, the School of Business has established the first honor system at Southern Utah University. It consists of values, honor pledges, and procedures for encouraging academic integrity at the School. Academic integrity is defined as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and moral courage (Center for Academic Integrity). Consistent with these values, faculty and students have agreed to sign the following integrity pledge: As a member of the School of Business community, I will pledge, on my honor, that I will not lie, steal, cheat, or tolerate those who do. More Information can be found at :


C O L L E G E O F E D U C AT I O N Graduate Studies in Education Dr. Prent Klag and Dr. Katy Herbold were appointed to the Utah State Office of Education Elementary Math Endorsement Review Committee – Jan. through June 2009. Dr. Katy Herbold, Dr. Jim McCoy, Dr. Tony Pellegrini, and Dr. Bart Reynolds presented “Wimba Training” at the April 8, 2009 LunchBytes, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT. Dr. Bart Reynolds with J.M. Hite (In Press) “Strategic Networks in Rural School Districts: Structure and Content of Administrator Relationships Within and Between Districts” (2009). Dr. Bruce Barker and Dr. Prent Klag presented “Inviting Student Success through Creative, Active, and Meaningful Learning” at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Academic Resource Conference, Hollywood, CA (April 2009). Dr. David Lund published, “21st Century Literacy: Finding and Using Emerging Technologies for Instruction” in the Education of Young Children, Research & Public Policy, Lousiville KY.

Teacher Education & Family Development Dr. Jerry Bowler was invited to Central Washington University to conduct an external program review for the Department of Education. He was on campus April 6-9 to complete the review. Dr. Wei-Ying Hsiao published “Preschool Teacher-Child Verbal Interactions in Sci

ence Teaching” in the Electronic Journal of Science Education (2008).

message with groups throughout the community and challenged and encouraged youth to make correct choices.

Professor Rea Gubler and Dr. Kathy Croxall presented “Roots and Wings of Civic Engagement: Linking the Pieces of the Puzzle” at the SUU Annual FCS Inservice Teacher Training, Cedar City, UT (2009), and at the Annual Conference on Civic Engagement sponsored by the Utah Campus Compact, Dixie State College, St. George, UT (2009).

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Dr. Briget Eastep was awarded the Utah Campus Compact’s Civically Engaged Scholar (2009) and the 4-H National Think Tank Member: Connecting Youth with Nature (2009). Also, she presented “Serving to Learn” at the Society of Park and Recreation Educator’s Teaching Institute, Salt Lake City, UT (2009), and “Skill Development in a University Setting” at the Intermountain Leisure Research Symposium, Provo, UT (2008). Professor Ben Davidson and the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance were granted Athletic Training accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development and the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance worked in unison with Dr. Karyn Spencer to host Bryan Clay on April 13-14, 2009. Bryan is the winner of the gold medal in the Decathlon at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He is currently the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” a title bestowed on the best decathlete in the Olympics. Bryan shared his inspiring

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Students in PE 4740 Organization and Administration of Activity Based Programs, planned, implemented, and evaluated intramural tournaments for SUU, Teen Outside events, a Halloween Festival, and a Pitch, Hit and Run event serving over 600 people between spring and fall semester. Our partners included Cedar City Parks and Recreation, the PE Department, Youth and Families with Promise, and SUU Outdoors. Students in ORPT 4020 Natural Resource Interpretation and Experiential Education, created plans and interpretation for the BLM, SUU Museum of Natural History, SUU Facilities Management, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.


COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES English The SUU English Department hosted two conferences in March 2009: the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference (coordinated by Dr. Julie Simon) and the Spring Writing Conference (coordinated by the English Department faculty and English majors). Ruth Scovill presented her paper “The Academic Writing Workshop: Peer Tutoring in a Team Setting” at the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference hosted by SUU (March 2009). She was assisted in her presentation by English majors Taylor Bentley, Kelsi Einfeldt, Scott Sessions, and Carolyn Bawden. Dr. Julie Simon’s article “’Tutorizing’ Certification Programs” was published in The Writing Lab Newsletter (January 2009). Another of Dr. Simon’s essays, “Voiceprinting—How Its Failures Speak,” was published in a Cambridge Scholars Publishing anthology titled Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy (February 2009). Kyle Bishop’s essay “Dead Man Still Walking: Explaining the Zombie Renaissance” was published in The Journal of Popular Film and Television (Spring 2009). He also presented his essay “‘If Only Your Father Were Here!’ The Threat of the Gothic Patriarchy in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds” at the Popular and American Culture Associations Conference in New Orleans (April 2009). Dr. Bryce Christensen presented “Schooling for ‘the Democracy of the Dead’: How the Liberal Arts Connect Us with the Legacy of the Past” at SUU’s Tanner Center Symposium on “Democracy and Education” (January 2009). He also presented his essay “Omar Khayyám on the Yangtze: Li Bai’s Drinking as De-


fiance, or as Despair?” at the Popular Culture Association Conference in New Orleans (April 2009). In addition, three of Dr. Christensen’s poems have been accepted for publication this spring: “Dragonfly” (in Lucid Rhythms), “Alamogordo” and “John von Neumann” (in The Centrifugal Eye).

Dr. Wynne Summers’s book Women Elders’ Life Stories from the Omaha Tribe, Macy, NE, 2004-2005 is scheduled for publication by the University of Nebraska Press in fall 2009.

Dr. Jim Aton’s book The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green was published by Utah State University Press (April 2009). In addition, Dr. Aton’s lecture “Land of Wildest Desolation: History Along the Green River” was selected as the 2009 Grace A. Tanner Distinguished Faculty Honor Lecture, which will take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.


Dr. Todd Petersen’s novel Rift was published by Zarahemla Books in May 2009.

Dr. Jezreel Kang-Graham and his wife, Hyunjin Kang , co-authored “The Easiest English Writing in Korea”. It is written in Korean with English language examples. The book was published and distributed to bookstores throughout South Korea on January 5, 2009. The publisher is YBM/Si-sa, a major publisher of English language instructional materials in South Korea.

Dr. Jon Smith and writer Lyman Hafen won 2nd place at the 2009 Broadcast Education Association Documentary Research and Pitch Competition for the proposal “8-Seconds Closer to Vegas.” Similar to a juried paper competition, participants submitted extensive research proposals for documentary films in preproduction. The winning proposal was presented before a panel of judges. Subsequently the proposal was produced into an hour-long documentary titled “Born to Ride: Cody Wright and the Quest for a World Title.” Smith and Hafen traveled to many rodeos during the year with saddle bronc rider and Milford resident Cody Wright as he worked his way to the National Finals Rodeo and to the world championship. SUTV Station Manager Lee Byers edited the documentary. The documentary premiered on April 20, 2009 to a large crowd in the Centrum Arena. The documentary was narrated by Wilford Brimley with music by Dan Truman of Diamond Rio.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES Political Science & Criminal Justice Professor Wayne Williams served as the President of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators (WPACJE), a regional affiliate of the National Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences this year. He also presented a paper titled “Forensic Interviewing Technique (FIT)” at this year’s annual conference of the WPACJE held in Las Vegas, NV (October 7-9, 2008). Professor John Howell attended the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January 2009 where he presented a paper titled “The Regressives: Unraveling the Progressive Movement.” He also attended the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (October 2008). Professor Carl Franklin continues his efforts in administrating the department’s online, peer reviewed journal, Critical Issues in Justice and Politics (which has been expanded to three issues a year due to popularity and the number and quality of submissions), and overseeing the University’s mock trial team which has been nationally recognized. He also attended the 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Surveillance Society in NYC, New York: “Surveillance Societies: What Price Freedom?” hosted by the MacCauley Honors College of City University of New York. Professor David Admire traveled to Paris, France (March 14-21), where he spoke to four classes by invitation of the Cergy Pontoise law school. He discussed and explained a new program involving SUU. French students had the opportunity to come to SUU and take a class

taught by Professor Admire on campus in July. The class included a visit to local courts and discussions with prosecutors and defense attorneys. Professor Luke Perry presented a paper titled “From Western Mass to Western Nebraska; Teaching American Government Across Subcultures” at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association. He also presented “Understanding Religious Rhetoric in the War on Terror” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the New York Political Science Annual Meeting. He also had a publication “Mikhail Gorbachev” in The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (New York: Blackwell Publishing, 2009). We are sad to report that Professor Lamar Jordan retired at the end of the 0809 academic year. He has been a mainstay in Criminal Justice for a number of years, and played an essential role in the creation of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Much of the credit for the significant success of that department goes to the tireless efforts of Lamar Jordan. Professor Randy Allen presented a paper titled “Reshaping the Conservatives’ Relationship with the Religious Right” at the Winter 2008 Academic Conference of the Intellectbase International Consortium in Las Vegas, NV., and the paper was published in the Review of Management Innovation and Creativity (February 2009). Dr. G. Michael Stathis, attended the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association March 1821, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he presented a paper: “Quo Vadis Pace Americana? The Decline of American Power and Prestige, 2000-

2009, And the Case for Renewal.” He also published a paper that was presented last spring: “Thucydides and Prognosis: Foresight and Statecraft in History and Modern International Affairs.” Published in Critical Issues in Justice and Politics (February 2009).

Foreign Language & Humanities Dr. Matias Martinez-Abeijon had a paper accepted for the fall meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Snowbird, Utah. Also, he has become the chair of the Humanities and Philosophy Division of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Dr. Terry Blodgett attended a conference on the Languages and Archaeology of Southern Mexico and Central America which will help him with the book he is writing on ancient languages and history (December 2008). He also presented a paper at the Utah Academy on Linguistic Evidence for Early Migrations at BYU (Spring 2009). Dr. Jim Harrison presented a paper, “Prose vs. Poetry: Time and Rhythm in Literature” at the Utah Academy for Sciences, Arts & Letters at BYU (April 10). He also completed his service as an administrative officer of the Academy. He has been involved with the Academy in many positions including president for the past 12 years. He took students to Vienna and Salzburg this Summer for the Study Abroad Program.


COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES Foreign Language & Humanities (Cnt’d) Dr. James Gustafson read a paper “Double Agents in Contemporary Latin American Fictionalizations of the Conquest: Carlos Fuentes’ El naranjo” at the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters at BYU (April 10, 2009). He took students to Granada, Spain from June 1-30, 2009 for the Study Abroad Program. He also started a Spanish table that meets 4 times a week in the Hispanic Center. Dr. Olga Godoy has had a paper accepted for the fall meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta, Georgia. Olga is chair of the panel Spanish I (peninsular: medieval to 1700) in the regular session. Olga is also the advisor for the Spanish Club here at SUU. Dr. Rosa Perez and Dr. Elise Leahy raised funds for and organized a mini French film festival during spring semester 2009. They brought two films to campus: Flandres (2006) by Bruno Dumont and Ne le dis à personne (2007) by Guillaume Canet. The films were free and open to the public. They also hosted area high school students and their teachers at a French Language Fair on March 24. The annual fair gives students a chance to participate in numerous competitions displaying their talents and knowledge of French and experience a day on SUU’s campus. Dr. Rosa Perez presented 2 papers, “Singled Out: An Anonymous Jewess Defies the Mob in Fourteenth-Century Paris” at the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, National and Constructed Spaces in the


Middle Ages and Renaissance, Arizona, April 2-4, 2009, and “The Workings of Desire: Panurge and the Dogs,” International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Culture, University of Arizona, Tucson, Laughter in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age: Epistemological Investigation from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (April 30-May 3, 2009). Dr. Kholoud Al Qubbaj did four presentations projects on ADA “American Disability Acts History and Implementation of the Law” for the Ability Week that took place November 17-21, 2008. Kholoud also did two presentations projects for the Women’s Week on “Women Right Movement History in the US” that took place on March 2 and 4, 2009. She is also the advisor for the new Arabic Club. Dr. Rachel Kirk attended the conference Second Language Processing and Parsing: State of the Science at Texas Tech University in May, 2009, where she presented the paper “The Effects of Processing Instruction With and Without Output: Acquisition of the Spanish Subjunctive in Three Conjunctional Phrases.” The SUU Interpreters Club did translations for local physicians and dentists. Members provided volunteer interpreting for Give Kids A Smile.

History & Sociology Dr. Mark E. Miller published “The Death Valley Shoshone and the National Park Idea,” in The Journal of the Southwest (2009). He also published “An Outsider’s Experience Teaching Mormon History in Utah,” in Religious Educator (2009). He also received a Faculty Development Grant (2009) to conduct a research trip to Oklahoma in conjunction with his book contract for The Five Tribes of Oklahoma and Unrecognized Tribes of the

Southeast: The Anatomy of a Conflict to be published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2010). Dr. Hamal Gurung presented a paper with Dr. Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut) titled, “Dynamics of Gendered/Racialized Labor: Examining the Experiences of Nepali Women in Informal Labor Markets in Boston and New York” at a conference on Low-Wage Work, Migration, and Gender sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Jane Addams Hull House, at the University of Illinois, Chicago (March 12-13). She also received the Southern Utah University T-Birds award for Professor of the Year 2008-09. Dr. Curtis Bostick was selected for participation in the “Utah Tuning Project,” funded by the Lumina Foundation. Professors in History and Physics from three states, including Utah, were chosen to be involved in this major curricula evaluation project.

SUU English majors Amanda Utzman, Chelsea Lane Campbell, & Landon Mitchell presented their creative writing at the 2009 Sigma Tau Delta International Conference held in Minneapolis (March 2009). Three English majors who work as Writing Center tutors—Mikayla Brent, Samantha Gay, and Chelsea Oaks—along with their advisor Dr. Julie Simon, presented a panel “‘Ending Up at the Tragic Gap’: Assessment and the Writing Center Difference. at the SUU Student-Faculty Scholarship Day. Kristin McLintock, an English major and 2009 SUU graduate, will be working as an intern in the Washington D.C. office of Utah Senator Bob Bennett in fall 2009.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Physical Science Dr. Paul Larson presented a lecture titled “The Place of Geography among the Sciences: Theory and Application,” as part of the Harry S. Crate Lecture Series, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX (October 23, 2008). He also presented the paper “Water Consumption and Water Development in the Western United States” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV (March 25, 2009). Dr. Eric Roberts and his coauthors published “Sedimentology of Storm-Generated Continental Shell Beds: A Case Example from the Cretaceous Western Interior Basin” in the Journal of Geology (2008). He also presented “Paleontology and Taphonomy of a Spectacular Late Triassic-Early Jurassic Theropod Bone Bed (“Syntarsus” rhodesiensis) from the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe” at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Cleveland, OH (2008). Dr. Mackay Steffensen visited the laboratory of Professor Hagan Bayleya at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, Great Britain, from May 2-23, 2009. The purpose of the visit was to complete research projects involving studies of single molecule chemical reactions using a protein nanoreactor. The visit resulted in

the development of a manuscript outline describing the mechanism of thiol/ organoarsenic reactions, detailed at the single molecule level. The manuscript will be completed and submitted shortly to a peer-reviewed journal.

Agriculture & Nutrition Science Dr. Cynthia Wright completed a dietetic internship accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, passed the national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and is now a certified, registered dietitian. She also presented “Service Learning & Research: Household Water in Guaymas, Mexico” at the annual meeting of the Utah Dietetic Association. Artis Grady, along with Professor Rea Gubler (College of Education) and Dr. Kathy Croxall (formerly in the College of Education) presented at the American Association of Familly & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) annual conference in Knoxville, TN in June. The topic was Sustaining FCS Programs through ServiceLearning. In addition, the three professors also spoke in June at the Utah FCS Nutrition and Food Science Conference (topic: Cultural Breads) and the Utah Career and Technical Education Family and

Consumer Sciences Summer Conference (topic: Roots and Wings of Civic Engagement). Professor Lee G. Wood, Dr. Chad L. Gasser, and Professor Dean L. Winward presented “Assessment of Student Perceptions of the Impact of Horsemanship Courses” at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Annual Conference in Stillwater, OK (June 2009). Professor Lee G. Wood received the NACTA Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, presented at the SUU College of Science Convocation (2009).

Nursing Kevin Tipton has enrolled in a PhD program in Health Administration (Capella University). Alan Pearson has enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program (University of Utah). Donna Lister is serving as the chair of the Quality Board for Valley View Medical Center Board of Trustees as of December 2008. Also, she has completed course work for a PhD in Education.

The Senior Nursing students at SUU hosted a Pregnancy Issues Conference on February 17, 2009 that was free for the community. Space at the Valley View Medical Center education classroom was donated for the half day event. Nursing students provided information on multiple topics concerning preconception and conception health issues. Guest speakers and individuals from various community agencies were available to provide participants with information about all aspects of pregnancy. One of the nursing students Lisa Moore said, "This was a great experience because we all got more experience teaching people about pregnancy issues." The Senior level nursing students hope to make this an annual event and increase attendance as community members hear more about the conference.


COLLEGE OF PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS Arts Administration Dean Bill Byrnes hosted a book signing for his 4th edition of Management and the Arts at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s (USITT) conference in Cincinnati, OH (March 19, 2009). Dean Byrnes also lectured for a week at the Institut für Sprachen und Wirtschaft, a culture management school in Freiburg, Germany in late May 2009. He taught classes covering arts marketing, fundraising, organizational management, and leadership. He also served on the Executive Director Search Committee for USITT during the summer. Professor Matt Neves was invited to direct a new short play, Rummage, by Steven Salzman, for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in February 2009 at California State University, Fullerton. He also acted as the Regional Board’s workshop coordinator, managing this year’s 69 workshops presented by theatre professionals from across the country.

Music Dr. Keith Bradshaw had his composition titled “Merediths’ Lament” premiered in Thorley Recital Hall on March 28, 2009 by Meredith Morris and Meredith Morse, sopranos, with Tracey Bradshaw at piano. The piece was commissioned for the recital with text by Meredith Morris’ father, Roland Morris. Dr. Bradshaw has also been commissioned to write a piece for the Orchestra of Southern Utah and pianist Tracey Bradshaw, which will be premiered in November 2009. Under Dr. Bradshaw’s direction, Opus toured Southern California in May 2009 with performances in Diamond Bar, Fullerton,


Knott’s Berry Farm and Newport Beach. Choir members had the chance to meet with high schools in Diamond Ranch and Fullerton to work with choral students. Lastly, Dr. Bradshaw will direct the Southern Utah Heritage Choir on a tour to China in October 2009. The choir has been invited to sing in the Shanghai Music Festival and will tour through Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an. Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky was featured at the Heber Valley Piano Festival with a recital on March 18, 2009 (which included a piano duet debut with his 10-year old daughter, Anastassia, performing Brahms’ Waltzes) and a master class for the local teachers association on March 19th. Kirill’s studio class presented a recital at Duck Creek Community Church on April 4th. Savannah Sommers, Josh Infiesto, Annie Powell, Heather Tebbs, Randy Dulaney and Cicely Brown all successfully performed solo and duo piano

pieces for a campus and community audience. Kirill, Anna and Anastassia Gliadkovsky were featured at the Patriotic Piano Concert July 4, 2009 at Duck Creek Community Church. Classical and Patriotic repertory for solo, duo and trio piano (one piano, six hands) were performed. Dr. Mark Stickney will be working as the Production Manager for the 2009 Season of the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island. This marks his 21st season working on the production crew. The festival holds over fifty concerts in a seventeenday period at the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island. Dr. Virginia Stitt participated in three English Horn master classes this summer with Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic, Pat McFarland from the Atlanta Symphony and Carolyn Hove from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

COLLEGE OF PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS Theatre Arts & Dance Professor Richard Bugg was the recipient of the “Excellence in Education” award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region VIII in February 2009. Richard is also producing the 7th season of the Neil Simon Festival, which performs during July at the Heritage Center. Dr. Christine Frezza will be directing the American Theatre classic, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the Auditorium Theater in November 2009, with an allstudent cast. Dr. Dan Frezza, CPVA Academic Advisor, will be appearing in his fifth season with the Utah Shakespearean Festival summer 2009, in As You Like It, as the shepherd Corin, and in Henry V performing several roles, including Sir Thomas Erpingham and the Duke of Burgundy. Professor Peter Sham will be returning to the stage in the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s fall 2009 production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. The play will be directed by long time friend and festival actor, David Ivers. This will be the first American production to use the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s newly revised script. Professor Shauna Mendini will be Project Director and Professor Kay Andersen will be Rehearsal Director for the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Grant to license and restage Alwin Nikolais’ masterpiece Imago with SUU students. The $15,000 grant will help support numerous activities including performances of Imago on the

SUU Campus, lecture demonstrations in elementary schools, a cooperative performance with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company at the Heritage Theatre, a performance at the College of Southern Nevada as part of their Dance in the Desert Festival. The culmination will be a performance of Imago in Spring 2010 as part of the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration at Hunter College in New York City. Professor Paul C. Ocampo received the Cedar City Arts Council Artist’s Grant in January 2009. He will give a master class in Modern Dance at the Steps Dance Studio in Manila, Philippines July 13 – 25, 2009.

Phyrnosoma Reliquary Jar by Susan Harris

Professor Brian Swanson will return for his twelfth summer with the Aspen Music Festival and School as the Aspen Opera Theatre Center Production Manager and Technical Director. The 2009 season will include La Bohème, The Rape of Lucretia , and Don Giovanni.

Calendar of Upcoming Events Macbeth By: William Shakespeare Directed by: Richard Bugg October 1-3 and 8-10, 2009 7:30 p.m., Adams Theatre Our Town By: Thornton Wilder Directed by Christine Frezza November 5-7, November 12-14, 2009 7:30 p.m., Auditorium Theatre Breaking Bounds: Student Dance Concert December 3-5, 2009 7:30 p.m., Randall L. Jones Theatre

Professors Chien-Ying Wang and Paul C. Ocampo will perform their choreography Equanimity in the American Dance Guild Performance Festival 2009 at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, New York City September 11-13, 2009. Wang and Ocampo also gave master classes at the National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei June 28 – July 11, 2009.


COLLEGE OF COMPUTING, INTEGRATED ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY Computer Science & Information Systems Dr. Dezhi Wu published “Asynchronous Participatory Exams: Internet Innovation for Engaging Students” in the IEEE Internet Computing (March/April 2009), and “The New Dimensions of Collaboration: Mega and Intelligent Communities, ICT and Well-Being” in the Journal of Knowledge Management, (2008). She also presented “Personal Temporal Structure Usage in Electronic Temporal Coordination Systems: a Qualitative Study,” at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) HCI workshop (2008) which was nominated for “Best Paper Award.” Dr. Florin Balasa published “Storage Estimation and Design Space Exploration Methodologies for the Memory Management of Signal Processing Applications” in the Journal of Signal Processing Systems (Nov. 2008). Co-authors: Per-Gunnar Kjeldsberg, Arnout Vandecappelle,

Martin Palkovic, Qubo Hu, Hongwei Zhu, Francky Catthoor. He also presented “System-Level Exploration Tool for Energy-Aware Memory Management in the Design of Multidimensional Signal Processing Systems” at the 14th Asia & South-Pacific Design Automation Conference, Yokohama, Japan (Jan. 2009). Dr. Shalini Kesar presented “Importance of Information Security when Providing Citizen-Centered Online Services”, at the Pre-ICIS SIGe-Gov Workshop Paris, France (December 2008). She also published “New Phishes in the Pond: A Wakeup call for China in the Content of Management of Computer Crime” in the International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization: Special Issue on Legal Gap Analysis, Phobias and Techno Leaps.

Mathematics Dr. Jim Brandt presented “Interactive Demonstrations using Mathematica” at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (2009). Dr. Andreas Weingartner presented “Zeros of Dirichlet series with periodic coefficients” at the second conference on Zeta functions in Moscow (2008).

Integrated Engineering & Technology Professor David A. Ward, CTE Director, “An Introduction to Pneumatic Systems” in the January and February issues of Servo Magazine, a two part series of articles. “Computer Control and Data Acquisition” in the March, April May, June and July issues of Servo Magazine, a five part series of articles.

Professors Boyd Fife, Matt Edwards, and Richard Cozzens took a group of SUU students to Mexico over Christmas break to help make a big difference in the life of a family deeply entrenched in poverty. Building a home inside of a single week isn’t an easy task, but with a lot of planning, volunteers, and hard work, the Construction Management sponsored program at SUU does just that. The annual pilgrimage of students and faculty from SUU not only changes the lives of those who are receiving assistance, but profoundly effects the volunteers as well.


L I B R A R Y Professor Richard Eissinger presented “Brainstorming with Graphic Organizers” at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (2009), and “Web 2.0 Information Visualization Tools for Information Literacy Instruction” at the Utah Library Association Annual Conference in Sandy, UT (2009). Professor Randy Christensen & Professor Richard Eissinger presented “From Candy to Clickers: Activities to Involve Students in Library Instruction” at the 37th Annual LOEX Conference in Albuquerque, NM (2009). They also published a report of their research in the LOEX Conference Proceedings (2009). Dr. Ralph Turner presented: “The Hero’s Journey from Shane to Spiderman: From Self-Actualization to Self-Alienation“ at the 39th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans, LA (2009); and “Transitioning from High School to College” at the Utah Educational Library Media Association Regional Conference (2008). Sheri Butler & Richard Eissinger received significant University awards as part of University Commencement Week activities. Sheri was named the Outstanding Female Staff Member and Richard was named Distinguished Faculty Member. M.Ed. with Library Media emphasis A Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with a Library Media License emphasis was approved by the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents. Students completing this degree will simultaneously complete the M.Ed. and a Library Media Endorsement. Students may apply to begin the degree Fall 2009.

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture Former Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt delivered the inaugural Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture on March 11th as part of SUU’s Founders’ Day Celebration. He spoke on Health Diplomacy: From the American People. The lecture was sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Howard R. Driggs Memorial Foundation. A lecture committee, chaired by Janet Seegmiller, planned the event. Other committee members include Camille Bradford, Allen C. Christensen, John Eye, Wayne Hinton and Mark Miller.

Celebrating Zion’s Centennial: Historical Photographs from Sherratt Library’s Archive Zion National Park is not only famous for its magnificent beauty, but also its rich historical contribution to the development of southern Utah. Activities such as logging, trailblazing, housing, recreation and tunnel building all contributed to the evolution of the park. These features have attracted millions of visitors throughout the last century who have come to experience the might and majesty of Zion Canyon. Southern Utah University’s Sherratt Library celebrates that history during Zion’s centennial year with an exhibit of photos from the SUU Library Photo Archive.

Friends of the Sherratt Library Advisory Committee A “Friends of the Library” Advisory Committee was formed to assist the library in organizing a Friends group and to raise funds for library-related activities. An organizational meeting was held in May. The following people agreed to serve as members of the committee: Douglas

Bonzo, Camille Bradford, Helen Englehart, Diana Graff, Anne Leavitt, Barbara Matheson, Gerald Sherratt and Lorraine Warren

Historic court records presented to SUU Historic records from the modern-day Fifth District Court and the territorial Second District Court were microfilmed by the Utah State Archives and are now accessible to local researchers at the Sherratt Library. Grant funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) allowed the Utah State Archives to archivally process, microfilm, and create finding aids for the historical records of Utah’s Fifth District Court (Washington, Iron, and Beaver Counties) from statehood in 1896 to 1955 and for the Territorial Second District Court which was seated in Beaver County from 1870 to 1896. These Southwestern Utah court records inform researchers of the lifestyles and challenges of the people in this area.

Journal of the Wooden O Symposium The Sherratt Library in cooperation with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the SUU Press recently published volume 8 of The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium. This annual peer-reviewed publication enjoys a growing reputation among Shakespeare and Early Modern scholars across the country and around the world. The journal publishes select papers from the annual Wooden O Symposium held on the SUU conference every August. The conference is also growing in both participation and reputation with international scholars joining the conference from as far away as Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.


U G R A S P Despite trying economic times, the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Program (UGRASP) witnessed commendable growth and participation from students and faculty alike. Forty-six research/scholarship/creativity grants were awarded in the 08-09 academic year, with amounts ranging from under $100 to $3000. Especially encouraging was the wide representation of funded departments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Dance, English, Geology, Graphic Design, Physical Ed. & Human Performance, and Psychology. It appears UGRASP’s goal of promoting and facilitating inquiry based learning with a dissemination requirement is taking hold – thanks to the efforts of dedicated faculty and administrators! Evidence of our talented students and the high quality of their research and scholarship was showcased to the rest of the state at the annual Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR) in February. Eight projects were presented by students who showed professionalism and expertise which exceeded expectations. UGRASP is proud of these students and their faculty mentors; well done everyone! Next year, UCUR 2010 will be hosted by none other than SUU, February 25-26th. This will be our chance to “show off” the entire campus. UCUR accepts high quality student projects from any discipline. Even students who have recently graduated may participate as long as the project they present was conducted while they were an undergraduate. Please encourage your students to submit something for consideration. As further testimony of the growth and caliber of research and scholarship at SUU, our annual Student-Faculty Scholarship Day in April was the biggest (and arguably the best) ever. Fifty-nine projects and performances were presented at the day long event, which culminated in an Awards and Recognition Ceremony that evening. Such scholarship days are receiving national recognition for the impact they have on student education and satisfaction. This is yet another way in which SUU continues to promote excellence in undergraduate education. Last but in no way least, UGRASP, in collaboration with the college of HSS, the Provost’s office, and SUUSA has established an annual campus-wide journal, A Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (ACOURAS). The first edition of this faculty/professionally reviewed journal will likely be out in July, 2009. Participating departments, faculty, and students will receive a complimentary hard copy version. A key word searchable pdf version of the journal will soon follow. Aside from providing students and faculty with a tangible reward for their efforts and dedication to research and scholarship, we hope that this journal will bring increased recognition to SUU for all that we do – and do so well! Next year will no doubt bring challenges to UGRASP and the campus community it serves. But, hardship brings strength, one of the key ingredients to success. Our perseverance, dedication, strength, and character will see us through and help put us at the top. Input and suggestions are always welcome on anything that UGRASP does or you feel should be doing. Please contact Lynn White at if you have any questions or would like to get involved. Our continued growth and success is largely attributed to your interest and participation in the program.


H o n o r s 2009 Western Regional Honors Conference Seven students had papers selected for presentation at this year’s Western Regional Honors Conference in Spokane, WA. Chosen through a competitive review process papers authored by SUU honors students were accepted in three of the conference’s major tracks. Science & Technology - Shannon Force and Qrystel Hamilton, “A Comparative Study of Restaurant Water Quality in Cedar City, Utah and Guaymas, Sonora Mexico”

Honors & Teaching - Brenna Hall, “Through the Looking Glass: From Home School to College”

Leadership & Learning - McKenzie Romero, Monica Stamm, Danielle Crouch, Rebecca Nielsen, “Remixing Interdisciplinary Education Through Cooperative Learning”

Partners in the Parks This year the Honors program has continued to develop outdoor experiential education adventures connected with its National Parks Service funded program, Partners in the Parks. Students from SUU and beyond have explored the National Parks, studied with NPS staff and SUU professors such as Brit Mace (psychology), Todd Petersen (English), Matt Nickerson (Honors) and Eric Morrow (English). Last January SUU honors students spent three days camping in Cedar Breaks, where they learned about park management and the winter environment. During this project, students assisted the park in developing its winter presence.

During Spring Break students spent five days in the Mojave Desert exploring the Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree National Park. The participated in a service project in which they took measurements of desert plants as part of an ongoing study to connect the size of desert plants with their age.

Two regular Partners in the Parks projects at Zion National Park and Grand CanyonParashant took place last May. Students enjoyed the mild weather and learned GIS mapping, ethnobotany, and park management. Students on the Grand Canyon-Parashant project also had the honor of meeting with a member of the Kaibab Band of Paiutes who shared the native perspective and history of the area.


N E W FAC U LT Y College of Performing & Visual Arts

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Professor Jay Merryweather was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. He holds an M.F.A. degree from Claremont Graduate University, and B.A. degrees from California State University San Bernadino.

Dr. Bradley J. Cook, Provost of Southern Utah University, was also appointed as a full professor in History. He has earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Thomas Herb was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. He holds a D.M.A. degree from Shenandoah University, and M.M.Ed. and B.M.Ed. degrees from the University of Oregon.

College of Computing, Integrated Engineering & Technology Dr. Glen Reed Longhurst was appointed as the Department Chair of the newly designated Engineering Department and Associate Professor of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Colorado State University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Utah State University. Dr. Thad S. Morton was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Integrated Engineering. He holds Ph.D. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University.


Professor Jodi Corser was appointed as a Lecturer of English. She holds an MA Degree from the University of Memphis, and a BA Degree from the University of Utah.

College of Science Dr. Elizabeth Bancroft was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Biology. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University and a B.S. degree from the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Daniel Eves was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. degree from Southern Utah University. Professor Claudia Kreipl was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She holds an M.S.N. degree from the University of Utah, and B.S.N. and A.D.N. degrees from Brigham Young University. Professor Selwyn Layton was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. He holds B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Touro University and a B.S. degree from Southern Utah University.

AWARDS, ADVANCEMENTS & RETIREMENTS Associate Professor to Full Professor Tenure Awards Dr. Mark Colberg, Assistant Professor of Geology in the Department of Physical Science, was awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2001. Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, was awarded tenure. She has been at SUU since 1990. Dr. Kirk Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Foreign Language and Humanities was awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2003. Dr. Kurt Harris, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English was awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2001. Dr. Bruce Howard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Physical Science has been awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2002. Dr. Andrew Marvick, Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design was awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2005. Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Graduate Studies in Education was awarded tenure. He has been at SUU since 2002.

Dr. Wayne Roberts, Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management & Marketing. He has been at SUU since 2001. Dr. Lynn White, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology. She has been at SUU since 1997.

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor Dr. Mark Colberg, Assistant Professor of Geology in the Department of Physical Science. He has been at SUU since 2001. Dr. Kathryn Herbold, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Graduate Studies in Education. She has been at SUU since 2004. Dr. Kurt Harris, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English. He has been at SUU since 2001. Dr. Bruce Howard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Physical Science. He has been at SUU since 2002. Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Graduate Studies in Education. He has been at SUU since 2002. Dr. Todd Petersen, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English. He has been at SUU since 2001.

Lecturer to Assistant Professor Debra Hanson, Lecturer of Biology in the Department of Biology. She has been at SUU since 2004.


Dr. James Bowns, Professor of Forestry & Range Management in the Department of Biology. He has been as SUU since 1965. Professor Lamar Jordan, Associate Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, in the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice. He has been at SUU since 1995. Professor Cheryl Whitelaw, Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics. She has been at SUU since 1999. Dr. Dennis Vredenburg, Associate Professor of Marketing, in the Department of Management and Marketing. He has been at SUU since 1992.


SERVICE LEARNING & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Service-Learning Course Approval The Service-Learning Committee considered several classes for official designation as “service-learning” courses. Full details about the criteria and application process are found online at our website. As of Spring 2009, the following courses were added to the list of a “service-learning” courses: HRHM 3600, Guest Services, Dr. Lisa Assante PSYC 3800, Psychology Practicum, Dr. John Ault

Utah Campus Compact Honorees The Utah Campus Compact has encouraged higher education institutions to name outstanding teachers, students, community partners, and staff members. At a statewide recognition event, SUU’s 2009 award winners were announced: Civically Engaged Scholar: Dr. Briget Eastep, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation; Civically Engaged Staff Member: Pam Branin, Coordinator of the Service & Learning Center; Civically Engaged Student: Lacie Jo Robinson; and Committed Community Partner: Paul Roelandt, Superintendent of the Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Service-Learning Scholars Program In Spring 2009, five undergraduate students were honored for completing this rigorous program. Lacie Jo Robinson, a Psychology major, and Layne Oyler, also from Psychology, worked with Professor Jeff Elison to develop a more systematic assessment of service-learning at SUU. Working with Communication faculty members Stan Gwin & Suzanne Larson, Karleen Watson, a Communication major, submitted a capstone project that focused on her service with Habitat for Humanity. Joshua Snow Hansen, also a Communication major, organized a “Drug Awareness Week” program. In the School of Business, Tanya Lamb developed an after-school program under the direction of Denise Woodbury.


2009 Service-Learning Fellows Named In April 2009, the Faculty Service-Learning Committee announced a new group of Service-Learning Fellows. These awards recognize “engaged educators who practice servicelearning in an effective manner.” Dr. John Ault, Professor of Psychology, recognized for developing service-learning components in PSYC 3800. Since 1991, John has developed an intensive program of clinical practicum courses whose students have performed an estimated 900,000 hours of critically-needed community service. Rita Osborn, Associate Director of the Utah Center for Rural Health, honored for her effective use of service-learning in two courses: SCI 2120 and BIO 4840. Five years ago, she established the Rural Health Scholars Program, a multifaceted enhancement program for undergraduate students aspiring to careers in the health professions in which community service is central. Dr. David Shwalb, Associate Professor of Psychology, is recognized for developing a service-learning component within an upper-level class, Adult Development and Aging (PSYC 3230). A new addition to SUU’s faculty, David is a Past President of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and plans to implement service-learning in other courses that span the spectrum of human development.

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PROVOST FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT AWARDS In October and January, the Provost Faculty Development Grant awarded $49,431 to applicants. These grants were used for research and travel from January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2009. the awards for these rounds are shown below: Business $6,058 CIET $667 Education $11,662 HSS $15,486 Libary $3,747 PVA $2,268 Science $9,543 A complete list of all grants, by college/school and by faculty can be viewed on the Provost’s Website. The deadline for the next round is Thursday, September 10, 2009, by 5:00 pm. Travel dates for this round must fall between October 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. For more information on the Provost Faculty Development Grant, visit the Provost website at

SERVICE-LEARNING ENHANCEMENT GRANTS To promote service-learning across campus, the committee oversees a mini-grant program for requests of up to $500 per instructor per fiscal year. Online application materials are available through our web site. The following grants were approved in 2008-2009: Professor Ben Davidson, “Athletic Training Majors ServiceLearning Project at Huntsman World Senior Games”; $336 awarded for work in October 2008 Dr. Cynthia Wright, “Testing and Treating Household Drinking Water in Guaymas, Mexico”; $500 awarded for 2008 Alternative Winter Break Dr. Lisa Assante, “Providing Food and Educational Materials to Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center”; $500 awarded in Spring 2009 Dr. Steve Barney, “Qualitative Assessment of International Service-Learning in Home Construction”; $500 awarded for ASB program in Guaymas, Mexico Professor Boyd Fife, “ASB Mexico House Construction,” $250 awarded to defray project costs


Rodney D. Decker Dr. Rodney Decker began serving as SUU Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on August 1, 2007. In that capacity, as the chief academic officer, Dr. Decker provided vital leadership for the development and maintenance of quality academic programs, academic support, recruitment and retention of faculty and academic personnel, and the strategic academic direction for the institution. A veteran faculty and academic administrator, Provost Decker has over 40 years of teaching, research, and administrative experience at the collegiate level, and has served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for 23 years. Dr. Decker began his career as an instructor in the Political Science Department at Southern Utah State College in 1965. He continued on with SUSC as assistant, associate, and then tenured professor in political science. He has also served as chairman of SUSC’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In addition to the Provost’s long history at SUU, he’s formed working relationships with several esteemed institutions, including working as an instructor in the Foreign Study League in Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and England, and as an instructor for Utah State University’s Master of Social Sciences Public Administration degree. SUU President Michael T. Benson holds Provost Decker in high regard, noting, “There is no one on campus who has more institutional memory than Dr. Decker. And with that memory also comes an amazing commitment to this institution and its future. We’re very fortunate to have someone of Rod’s experience, acumen, and demeanor as part of our administrative team. For me, he’s not the ‘interim’ provost -- he’s the Provost until he chooses to retire.” Dr. Decker moved to Cedar City in 1965, and met his wife Lea at then, Southern Utah State College. Together, they’ve made Southern Utah their home, and have one son, two daughters and four horses. After a hard day, the Provost relaxes by riding his horses, gardening (he cans his home-grown fruits and vegetables), and reading biographies. A true outdoorsman, Dr. Decker also loves to hunt and fish. Thank you for your many years of service to SUU. Congratulations on your retirement!


SUU Academic Affairs - August 2009, Volume 7 Issue 1  

The August 2009 issue of SUU Academic Affairs