Engaged Faculty Retreat

Engaged Faculty Retreat Feb 20-22, 2020

speakerThe Utah Engaged Faculty Retreat is designed by the Faculty Development Network (FDN)* 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. We are soliciting proposals for a series of sessions that will be supplemented by a keynote speaker and additional networking and gathering opportunities facilitated by the FDN. These opportunities to learn together will construct an enriching retreat experience.

*The Faculty Development Network is 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 organized by the Utah Campus Community Engagement Network (UCCEN).

This year’s event will take place in Heber City at Utah Valley University’s Wasatch Campus. A reception dinner, including poster presentations and opening speaker, will take place in the evening of Thursday, February 20th. All other sessions and events will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22.

Retreat Theme and Guiding Questions

The theme of the 2020 Engaged Faculty Retreat is “Staying Connected in Utah and Beyond.” In support of the theme, we are accepting proposals that speak to a range of professional and institutional contexts for community engagement. The FDN has established a set of guiding questions to help you develop a proposal for a workshop, panel, or poster/media display that speaks to this theme. We ask that you respond to one or more of the following when developing a proposal:

  • 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 helps 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 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?

We are calling for proposals to present on these topics! Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus submissions are welcome. Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Development Network and selected presenters will be notified through email by Tuesday, November 26.

Presentation Formats

Paper/effective practice presentation - 30 minutes
Session is principally comprised of content delivery with a short period for Q&A and will share a concurrent session with another presentation.

Interactive Session - 60 minutes
Session provides a balance between content and interactive activities for the participants. Lasts the duration of a full concurrent session

Panel - 60 minutes
Session brings together multiple stakeholders to share their perspective or approaches to a practice, program, project or unifying issue related to the theme. Lasts the duration of a full concurrent session.

Poster Session/Media Display – during evening reception
Posters should be considered a snapshot of your work intended to engage colleagues in a dialogue. They should reflect key data points or highlights of the research or initiative.

Proposals are due by Friday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m.


You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Principal Presenter Institution
  • Principal Presenter Information
  • Additional Presenter(s)
  • Program Format
  • Program Title
  • Program Abstract
  • A/V needs
  • Connection to Theme and Guiding Questions



  • Registration to attend the conference will be open until January 15, 2020
  • Registration fee is $125 per participant
    • 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: Alex Lancaster (alancaster@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

Community Partners

  • Reduced registration rate of $80 for partners.


Watch for more information to come about 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