Academic Senate meeting and President Watkins’ State of the U address
Peer-to-peer file sharing and copyright violation notice
KUED’S Mary Dickson announces retirement
Professors Off Campus competition

Contribute your paper to the Hinckley Journal of Politics
Finalists for dean position to visit College of Law
Sustainability Leadership Awards
Spring 2019 Intramural Sports registration is open
Mark your calendars for Founders Day
University Teaching Grants
Recipients of the Fall 2018 GLAD and Spring 2019 grant and award deadlines


The next meeting of the Academic Senate is today, Monday, Jan. 7, from 3-4 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • Policy 6-002 III-C: Eligibility of CL Faculty for Senate Presidency
  • Building Access & Surveillance Policy 3-234
  • Permanent Status for Sorenson Impact Center

The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.

President Watkins’ State of the U address immediately follows the Senate meeting, for invitees who are attending.


Every year, as a result of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, The University of Utah distributes a notice about its policy regarding peer-to-peer file sharing and copyright violations. All students, faculty and staff should understand that it is a violation of federal law and university policy to share and/or distribute copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Violators may be subject to civil and criminal prosecution under federal law, as well as personal sanctions specified in university policy.

Please review the policy notice and contact with any questions.


Mary Dickson will retire as KUED’s director of community relations effective Jan. 31, 2019, to pursue writing and other creative endeavors. She will continue to host Contact with Mary Dickson, KUED’s interview segment for the arts and non-profit communities which airs weeknights, and will serve as on-air talent during pledge drives.

Dickson, who has been the face of KUED, has served for more than two decades as director of community relations and creative services at KUED Channel 7, Utah’s PBS station. She oversaw the station’s community outreach, promotions, publicity, media relations and advertising services, and published the monthly program guide, SEVEN, in addition to serving as the on-air host of Contact and Contact in the Community, an online series.

“Mary has been an outstanding leader and representative in our community. She has worked tirelessly and passionately toward the mission of KUED,” said James Morgese, KUED’s general manager. “I want to thank her for everything she has done for the station over the years. She will always be a part of KUED’s rich legacy, and her impact will never be forgotten. We will greatly miss her bright personality and positivity.”

Under Dickson’s direction, KUED won numerous local and national promotion and outreach awards, including Emmy and New York Film Festival Awards as well as those from PBS and the Utah Broadcasters Association.

In addition to her full-time position with the public television station, Dickson is an award-winning writer whose wide-ranging articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications throughout the West. Her full-length play, “Exposed,” opened Plan B Theatre’s 2007-2008 season, where it played to sold-out houses and rave reviews. It was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg Award for Best New Play Produced Outside New York. Most recently it was presented in Eugene, Oregon. The play continues to be used in political theater college courses.

Dickson is the writer and co-producer of the national PBS documentary film, No Safe Place: Violence Against Women, which received a variety of awards including an Emmy nomination and a Gold Award from the Houston WorldFest International Film Festival.

Post-retirement, Dickson plans to travel and finish her manuscript for a book about sharing her home and life with international students from the Middle East and China during their formative college years, a time that coincided with a shifting geo-political landscape.

Johanna Hamilton, KUED’s current director of marketing, will assume Mary’s responsibilities and serve as director of marketing and community relations upon Dickson’s retirement.

Professors Off Campus competition

The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to announce its next Professors Off Campus competition. This program seeks to link university and community by encouraging scholars to go on-site into the community and develop research and service projects in schools, churches, government offices and public interest groups. The program will facilitate projects during the fall or spring semester for the academic year 2019-20.

The goals of the program are to create meaningful public service programs based on university faculty expertise to benefit groups and individuals throughout the community, foster an appreciation of service work by academics and to create relationships and connections based on tolerance and understanding.

Funds up to $8,000 will be used to “buy” a professor out of one university semester-long class to allow the creation of a community-sited project. Additional funding up to $1,500 will be provided to the selected professor to facilitate project development and $1,000 to the community agency that is partnering in the project.

Please submit to the Tanner Humanities Center ( a two-page proposal that outlines the project and the agency involved. Projects may, for example, focus on literacy, art and music education, history, health, economic development and environmental concerns. Please attach a proposed budget for your project. In addition, include a copy of your curriculum vitae and letters of support from your department chair and the agency in which your project will be sited. A sample proposal and budget can be found on the Tanner Center’s website.

Project proposals should be submitted by Feb. 15, 2019.


Be a part of history and contribute your paper to the Hinckley Journal of Politics’ historic 20th year of publication. Current or very recent undergrads can submit a paper on local, national or global issues of politics and public policy. This is an excellent chance to add “published” to your resume and potentially enrich a graduate school application. Click here for more information.

Application deadline is Jan. 7, 2019.


The law has never played a more vital role in people’s everyday lives than it does right now. As faculty, students and alumni engage with such timely issues as immigration, fair housing, environmental protection, civil rights and criminal justice reform, the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law seeks to continue its tradition of excellence with a renewed vision for educating and training the next generations of lawyers who will reshape society through the practice of the law. Over the past several months, a committee has been in the process of searching for the College of Law’s next dean.

Five finalists will visit the College of Law in the coming weeks starting on Jan. 8 to interview for the law school’s open dean position. Names of the candidates will be released 24 hours in advance on the College of Law’s dean search website under the “candidate visits section.

The College of Law seeks in its new leader an innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approach to reinvigorate the spirit of a college steeped in tradition. The search committee envisions a new leader who will understand the variety of roles that stakeholders play in a university and law school ecosystem.

The College of Law has an exemplary reputation for training lawyers, judges and business persons in Utah and throughout the country. Law students learn from luminaries—from faculty in the classroom, from the distinguished guests who visit campus for lectures and special events, and from educational experiences that advance the College of Law’s mission to serve its community and the nation through the lens of legal education and social justice.

Equally importantly, as the leader the College of Law, the new dean will play an important role within the University of Utah community—a place home to Nobel Prize-winning research, a rich culture of collaboration and the exciting atmosphere of a flagship university on the rise.

Stories rooted in historical excellence and those yet to be discovered by future students are at the heart of the search for a new dean. Just as students dream of changing the world, the College of Law aspires to provide a world-class legal education that creates limitless opportunity built upon a foundation of the law.

After final interviews, an announcement by the search committee is expected later this winter, with the new dean assuming his or her role on July 1, 2019.

Read current Dean Bob Adler’s earlier announcement that he will step into a new role at the College of Law here.


Celebrate sustainability leadership on campus by nominating yourself or a colleague for a Sustainability Leadership Award. These awards recognize excellence in four categories: sustainability education, research, community partnership and the use of our campus as a living lab. Thanks to a generous partnership with Alta Ski Resort, an award of $2500 will be given to each recipient. All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. Submit the nomination form by Jan. 28, 2019.

Spring 2019 Intramural Sports registration is open

These are your glory days.

Get in on the intramural sports action for Spring 2019.

Leagues fill up fast so get registered early. Full sports details and registration at or


Founders Day 2019
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 6 p.m.
Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

Mark your calendar. Founders Day is almost here.

To celebrate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association each year recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have excelled professionally, served the local and national communities and supported the university in its mission. 

This year’s honorees are:

Distinguished Alumni

  • Lily Eskelsen García, B.S.’80 M.Ed. ’86
  • Robert Grow, B.S. ’73
  • Dr. Raymond Price, B.S. ’83
  • Lana Dalton, MSW ’13

Honorary Alumna

  • Gail Miller

You can read more about the honorees here.

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. You can purchase tickets here.

To purchase a patron table ($2,500), please contact Mary Thiriot at 801-581-3716 or

University Teaching Grants

Deadlines: Jan. 11 and March 8, 2019

Awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach. Tenure-line and career-line faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Awards are made for amounts up to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for groups for items such as equipment, supplies or travel where appropriate.

Click here for more information.

Recipients of the Fall 2018 Global Learning Across the Disciplines Grant and Spring 2019 grant and award deadlines

The Office for Global Engagement offers grants of up to $10,000 for departmental or interdisciplinary teams composed of a minimum of three faculty members to improve global learning on campus as part of the Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) initiative at the University of Utah. Global learning refers to curriculum revision to include global learning outcomes and assessment. Information about the grants can be found here.

The Fall 2018 Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) grant recipients are:

  • Claudia Geist, Sociology, and team in the Sociology Department: Theresa Martinez, Marcel Paret, Lazarus Adua and Megan Reynolds. Project: Making the Global Explicit – Systematically Incorporating Global Learning in the Sociology Core Curriculum.
  • Dean McGovern, Bennion Center, and team in the Bennion Center: Andi Witczak and BobbiJo Kanter. Project: Expanding Assessments to Enhance Community Engagement and Global Learning Across the Disciplines at the University of Utah.

Project proposals and information for all GLAD grant recipients can be viewed here.

Deadline for the Spring 2019 GLAD grant pre-proposals: Jan. 11, 2019. To apply, click here.

Deadline for the Faculty & Staff Excellence in Global Engagement Award: March 1, 2019. For more information and to nominate a colleague, click here.

NOTE: there are two excellence awards available annually: one for a faculty member and one for a staff member.