Engaged Faculty Retreat

Engaged Faculty Retreat Feb 20-22, 2020

Please register By January 15, 2020


The Engaged Faculty Retreat will take place on February 20-22, 2020 in Heber City at UVU’s Wasatch Campus. A reception dinner, including poster presentations and opening speakers, will take place on the evening of Thursday, February 20th. Peer presentations on a variety of community engagement topics will take place on Friday and Saturday. The highlight of this event will take place Friday the 21 st as Tania Mitchel delivers her keynote address and workshop. These opportunities to learn together will construct an enriching and energizing retreat experience.

The Utah Engaged Faculty Retreat is designed to give faculty, administrators, community partners, and advanced practitioners the opportunity to address key issues in community engagement including service-learning, community-based research and the culture of engagement on our campuses. Participants will have the opportunity to explore these issues over the course of three days. The event is organized by the Faculty Development Network, a stakeholder group of representative faculty from Utah institutions focused on supporting the community engaged teaching and scholarship of faculty throughout the state of Utah. This group is supported by the Utah Campus Community Engagement Network (UCCEN).

Keynote Speaker Dr. Tania Mitchell

Tania MitchellWe are honored to have Dr. Mitchell deliver our keynote address and post-keynote workshop.

Tania D. Mitchell is an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research focus on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice. Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of the Early Career Research Award and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) as well as the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals and she is the editor (with Krista Soria) of Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is also the editor (with Corey Dolgon and Tim Eatman) of The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and (with Stephanie Y. Evans and Andrea D. Domingue) Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019).

Retreat Theme and Guiding Questions

The theme of the 2020 Engaged Faculty Retreat is “Staying Connected in Utah and Beyond.” Topics addressed at this year’s event will be aimed at answering the following guiding questions:

  • What are innovative ways that faculty have found to help their students meet existing local community needs in a way that increases the students’ knowledge of the course content and also has a sustainable impact?
  • What role does community-based global learning play within your course, program and/or at your institution?
  • What collaboration is occurring between different courses and/or departments that help create sustainable serve learning/community-engaged learning experiences for faculty and students? How are experiences being transferring to other institutions?
  • As an institution, how are you developing and maintaining relationships with partners? Is there work happening between institutions with the same partners
  • What intersections are occurring with service-learning/community-engaged learning and other high-impact practices (e.g. first-year experiences, undergraduate research, learning communities, study abroad, internships)?
  • How is your institution meeting the Utah System of Higher Education mandate that all undergraduate students participate in two HIPs during their undergraduate experience? What role does service-learning/community-engaged learning play?

Join us for this exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge and support the surrounding community engagement in our dynamic and changing world!


  • Registration to attend the conference will be open until January 15, 2020.
  • Registration fee is $125 per participant, reduced price for Community Partners & Students is $80.
    • Each institution is invited to send up to 15 participants
    • Institutions seeking to include more than 15 participants may add those individuals to a wait list that will be processed on a space-available basis. We are usually able to accommodate additional requests.


If you’d like to attend without necessarily presenting, please contact your institution’s representative by January 15, 2020:

Dixie State University: Kelly Bringhurst (kbringhurst@dixie.edu)
Salt Lake Community College: Lucy Smith (lucy.smith@slcc.edu)
Snow College: Malynda Bjerregaard (Malynda.Bjerregaard@snow.edu)
Southern Utah University: Jackie Grant (jacqualinegrant@suu.edu)
Utah State University Logan: Kate Stephens (kate.stephens@usu.edu)
Utah State University Statewide Campuses: Steve Nelson (steven.nelson@usu.edu)
University of Utah: Andi Witczak (andi.witczak@utah.edu)
Utah Valley University: Jon Westover (jon.westover@gmail.com)
Weber State University: Natalie Hales (nataliehales1@weber.edu)
Westminster College: Julie Tille (jtille@westminstercollege.edu)
Brigham Young University: Chris Crippen (chris_crippen@byu.edu)

Late Registration

  • Late registration: between January 15 and February 12 
  • $150

Watch for more information to come about the conference schedule and accommodations. Feel free to reach out to Natalie Hales, UCCEN Program Coordinator, with any questions: Email: nataliehales1@weber.edu Phone: 801-626-7737

Optional Excursion: Explore the Midway Ice Castles

Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more.

They are located within walking distance from our retreat hotel, the Homestead Resort.

Choose the optional "Excursion to Ice Castles" at registration to receive our discounted group rate of $12. (reg. $18)

Visit icecastles.com for more information about this excursion.

Discounted Lodging Available

A room block at the Homestead Resort in Midway is available for Engaged Faculty Retreat Attendees. It will remain open until January 20, 2020, & will include double queen rooms at the rate of $109.

The Homestead Resort offers a wide variety of unique winter activities:

  • Soak in a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall natural crater
  • Explore enchanted ice castles
  • Ski, snowshoe, and other winter recreational activities

Book a Room at the Homestead Resort

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