A lesson in empathy with Paul Parkin

August 7, 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes Photo courtesy of Paul Parkin Paul Parkin is an adjunct professor at UVU who uses his understanding and research of empathy to reinforce his teaching style and the way he approaches life. Parkin, like many, approached college with the mindset of becoming rich. It wasn’t until he experienced the death of both his father and […]

Adjunct faculty conflicted over campus experience

February 12, 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes Photo by Cody Glassett   The composition of full-time faculty has increased since 2008, but the number of adjunct instructors still make up 43 percent of that composition, according to the school’s institutional report. Although there are benefits, the status of adjunct professors can result in a lack of perceived legitimacy and power on campus […]

Will Rate My Professor predict your class for spring semester?

January 30, 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes If there’s one way to start off the semester on the wrong foot, it’s taking a class with a bad teacher. Even though school has been underway for one week, many students may be worrying about that ranking their professor got on Rate My Professor. But, is that ranking a good measure to predict how […]

Ross Hagen: Professor, black metal enthusiast and father

April 5, 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes The class is slowly filing in. Ross Hagen, assistant professor of music studies, is setting up for the day’s class. He’s put up a PowerPoint presentation titled Disco and Its Discontents and begins the lecture with a scene from Saturday Night Fever. He then asks why rock-n-rollers might dislike disco, setting the tone for the […]

Dance class turns into life-passion

February 11, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes Professor Todd Wakefield took a dance class his freshman year in college that led him to performing all over the world and later a career in teaching.