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Career Services Faculty Recognition Award

The Career & Professional Development Center annually recognizes outstanding faculty who have made significant contributions to their students' professional development. Nominations were made by students, and winners were selected for their dedication to help students find resources, guide their career paths and realize their potential. We thank our faculty winners as well as the nominated faculty for their work in fostering a career culture here at the University of Utah. 


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Professor Ann Butt
Assistant Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing

“From the first time I interacted with Ann, I knew she was someone that would be
instrumental in my developmental process of becoming an excellent nurse. She is dedicated
to the nursing field and academia. She teaches in the Foundations of Nursing class, which is a course designed to teach student nurses the skills and critical thinking needed in the field. She went a step further to create open lab times so students could have additional time to practice skills with a faculty member before performing these skills in clinical settings. She wants all nursing students to be well prepared and confident throughout the program. She is also an instructor for the capstone class, the senior semester internship. She encouraged us to take advantage of every opportunity that came our way during our capstone experience and to ask questions to further our knowledge. Since we graduated, she stays in contact with us as we prepare to take the NCLEX licensing exam. She is dedicated to our success beyond the program as nurses.”

Don Herrin

Professor Brent Steele
Professor of Political Science
College of Social & Behavioral Science

“Professor Steele has helped me to expand my vision of what I can accomplish. I never knew
exactly what I wanted until I had the opportunity to be in one of his classes. He always
made himself available to speak with me about how I might become a university professor one day. It was professor Steele who helped me carve my path toward my future career. He helped me realize the strong desire I have to help other students succeed and also carry out my own research. I never would have thought that I had a passion for political science, especially international relations, until he was my teacher. I am grateful for his support and encouragement, and the advice he has given me as I strive to become a teacher one day. Now I can confidently say I know what I need to do to arrive at my career destination.”

Micahel Free

Professor Brittany Coates
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

“After asking Dr. Coates if I could shadow some of her graduate students just to help with
my understanding of the material in her class, she instead hired me to work in her lab.
Now for the last three-and-a-half years she has been my mentor, and I don’t think that I would have finished with a degree in mechanical engineering without her guidance. I’ve presented my research at three conferences, completed an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) experience and am about to start as a graduate student in her lab.”

Jan Miller

Professor Cagan Sekercioglu
Associate Professor of Biology
College of Science

“Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu was my doctoral advisor during the five years that I was a graduate
student at the University of Utah. During my time as his student, he was relentlessly positive
about my research and my career prospects. I graduated last year and was applying for jobs throughout my final year in the program. I was extremely happy with Dr. Sekercioglu’s mentorship throughout my graduate career, but when I received two job offers, he spent time with me to evaluate costs and benefits of two very different positions, and ultimately gave me advice that led me down a rewarding career path. I have him to thank for my current position, and I am grateful for all his guidance.”

Kody Powell

Professor Christie Toth
Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities

Editor’s note: Dr. Toth received more nominations than any faculty member in the history of
this program with a total of 15 unique nominations. Several of them are listed here.
“Christie deserves this award because she does way more than teach a couple classes. She engages with each and every one of her students on a personal level in order to help us reach our educational goals. She has a strong desire to see us all succeed, and that deserves recognition.” Another student wrote, “Professor Toth helped me explore both my major and the profession I am interested in, even though it is outside of her area of focus. She helped me connect with professors in a major I hadn’t quite decided I wanted to go into so that I was able to get a better understanding of the major and the industry.” Another student wrote, “She asked me what I wanted to do, what I wanted to research. She let me find something I was passionate about and then encouraged me to pursue it. She wants to see students find their passion, their niche in the world, and run after it. And even through all that, she patiently walked me through the Institutional Review Board process and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program applications for a project she has no ties to except through me. Because of her, I now have an IRB-approved research project that has recently been accepted to UROP.”

Elizabeth Clement

Professor David Schurig
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

“David Schurig is a not just a great researcher but also a great mentor/advisor. I was
interested in academia, and Dr. Schurig helped me in the job search for postdoctoral
positions in the area of electrical engineering. He proactively contacted his previous colleagues and employers to check for any available positions. With his help and recommendation, I finally landed with two offers: One from Princeton University and another from Los Alamos National Lab, and I am still being considered by Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech/NASA.”

Mark Matheson

Professor Glen Feighery
Associate Professor of Communication
College of Humanities

“Glen has been immensely supportive of my development within the journalism field. When
I took on a leadership role at The Daily Utah Chronicle, he was the first one there to
congratulate me and offer his assistance in any way. He is constantly sending internship opportunities my way, and suggesting opportunities to share with the U Student Media staff as a whole. He has also served the past couple of semesters as my Honors thesis advisor. He has helped me mold my thesis into a project that will benefit my portfolio upon graduation and will help me learn the correct practices of investigative journalism.”

Peggy McCandless

Professor Jennifer Weidhaas
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering

“Dr. Weidhaas has given me research opportunities in her laboratory, teaching me good
laboratory technique and research methods. While I started out on the water side of civil
engineering, she led me to explore new areas, such as microbiology and biochemistry, fields not typically associated with civil engineering, yet essential in real life water quality evaluation. She helped me become a good candidate for graduate schools and made me aware of excellent scholarship and fellowship opportunities in my area. In addition, she has taught me many concepts about environmental engineering and wastewater treatment design from her classroom setting. Dr. Weidhaas’ aid has been essential in my personal development as a student, scientist and engineer.”

Eric Garland

Professor Jerod Johnson
Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering

“I took two classes taught by Dr. Johnson in the fall 2017 semester, and in both of these
classes, there was a strong emphasis on professional development. Dr. Johnson stressed the
importance of tools, such as spreadsheets and mathcad in his lectures, how commonly they are used in industry today, and how they automate design procedure. Among his courses, I developed over a dozen design aids that streamline various engineering processes, such as reinforced concrete deflection calculations, retaining wall design and column interaction diagrams. Dr. Johnson also placed emphasis on attending industry seminars and going out to site visits. These were integrated into the course to provide an additional incentive, and some examples include a seminar on structural irregularities, the construction of a timber residential project and an inside look into Los Angeles seismic resiliency. Dr. Johnson’s courses provided a great deal to my professional development as a structural engineer and got my excited about topics and areas that I may not have otherwise considered.”

Linda Edelam

Professor Jim Curry
Assistant Professor of Political Science
College of Social & Behavioral Science


“He took an interest in me and created a seminar for me, and part of the seminar was to
work together and create a new avenue of research. The resulting work together culminated
in a presentation at the Western Political Science Conference in Las Vegas. Here, he allowed me to present our work. We took the notes from the conference and started the process of submitting the article for publication. I was new to the process, and Dr. Curry walked me through the process and after a few rejections, we were accepted in the American Political Research Journal. This will be my first publication, and he helped me achieve an important goal for my graduate career. Dr. Curry also stepped in to chair my dissertation committee when the project was about to go off the rails. Through his guidance, I was able to get the dissertation back on track. He has pushed me when needed and was there when I needed it.”

Professor Jim Martin
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
College of Health


“I met Dr. Martin during my undergraduate biomechanics course. He not only provided me
with great instruction during this course, but encouraged me to participate in undergraduate
research in his lab. Since beginning to participate in his lab, he has gone above and beyond to help me develop personally and professionally. I am now preparing a manuscript for publication with his support. Dr. Martin has consistently made an effort to put me in contact with faculty from the Physical Therapy Department along with writing me a letter of recommendation for Physical Therapy school. Beyond everything he has done for me, he makes sincere efforts to advance his students professionally in every way. He not only cares about his students academically, but makes constant efforts to connect his students with professionals in their fields of study and give them advantages that otherwise would not be available to them.”

Ann Engar


Professor John McLennan
Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

“Professor John McLennan is a person who is big role model in my life and who helped me
shape my future in a great way. I had the opportunity to talk to Professor McLennan
through one of his former students. He gave me hope, he told me what would be better for me to do and how to make my degree valid by taking more credits, and to even to apply for the master’s program in Petroleum engineering. If it wasn’t for his advice and guidance I don’t think I would be where I am right now, days away from presenting my final project for my master’s degree. Professor McLennan didn’t know who I was or there wasn’t anything he would benefit from helping me but he did without any hesitation out of a good heart. For a girl who just moved from Ethiopia and was a little confused at the time, Professor John McLennan was the light at the end of the tunnel. I also had the privilege to take one of his courses and have his as my advisor for my final project. I am on a great path to have a great career.”

Janice Ugaki

      Professor Kevin Perry
Chair of Atmospheric Sciences
College of Mines & Earth Sciences

“Dr. Perry is a great chair, a good advisor to talk with. In the last few weeks, I made a hard
decision for my future study. I decided to give up my current graduate program in the
department. As an international student, I was a little scared because I needed to talk with the chair, and I was
not sure if Dr. Perry would give me really good suggestions and supports. The truth is Dr. Perry is the person who
gave me the most support in the past few weeks. Dr. Perry was also in my graduate committee. He gave me a lot of
suggestions on my future plan. He is trying to help me find a new graduate program in the fall 2018. I really thank
him to be able to write recommendation letters for me as a department chair as well as my committee member.”

Clayton Williams

Professor Maggie Cummings
Instructor of Mathematics
College of Science  

“Maggie has three rules: 1) Always question authority. She brought to our attention that just
because someone says something is true, doesn’t mean it is. So in response, ask them about
their claim and question their ethos. 2) Kindness matters. It is always good to be nice and offer help to others. There
is too much hate in the world not to be kind. 3) Be present. If you are just with your friends, at a lecture, or just
around people in general, put your phone away and be present. Maggie wants us to engage in what is happening.
These three rules are the foundation of Maggie’s teaching, and I appreciate it more than she will ever know. This way
of thinking has shaped my career development and my studies. Going into any field, the rules can be applied and
lead to success. It pushes you to ask more questions, reach out to people and learn to the greatest extent by simply
engaging in the task at hand. I want to thank Maggie for her excellent help, not only in math, but in life. Applying
her three rules to the rest of my studies, and life after that, will help me succeed.”

                        Professor Matthew Anderson
Adjunct Professor of Film and Media Arts
College of Fine Arts

“As a game developer, Matt is knowledgeable about the workings of the video game industry.
He provides useful feedback on student projects and games and is available to help students
with determining what their interests are in the video game industry and the best ways to pursue those interests.
Projects in his classes improve student portfolios, and he is available to provide advice on how students can further
their career by applying for local internships in the industry.”

      Professor Peter Flynn
Director of Research and Science in Chemistry
College of Science

“Dr. Flynn’s goal for the students in his group is to make us better citizens and better
scientists, using the research as a vehicle to that end. He invests far more of himself than he
has to in order to reach that goal. He is always available to listen and offer advice, not just about our research, but our classes, academic goals and career ambitions. He supports our academics by helping answer tough questions we get in class, and also gives his perspective on the different paths we could take career wise. When I started his research group one-and-a-half years ago, I had only the vaguest idea of what my professional and academic goals would be. I wasn’t sure if graduate school was right for me, I wasn’t sure what field of chemistry I would excel in. With Dr. Flynn as a mentor, I am much closer to knowing my own strengths and weaknesses, and having experience in different fields and types of chemistry, I know more what to expect. Thanks to Dr. Flynn’s encouragement and guidance, I now firmly know that I will go to graduate school.”

Shannon Jones

Professor Rosalea Cameron
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health

“My junior year, I began questioning if I had made the correct choice career-wise. As I was
thinking about changing my career path, something led Rosalea to approach me after a class
and ask me if I was sure I wanted to be a speech pathologist. I told her no, and she responded: ‘That’s what I thought. You should go to medical school.’ I said, ‘I was thinking about potentially attending school to be a physician assistant,’ and she responded, ‘Yes! That would be perfect for you!’ That truly inspired conversation, and her support, has led me toward my current career path, as I am planning now to pursue a degree in physician assistant studies rather than a master’s in speech pathology. My conversation with her was the turning point, and the moment I realized what I truly wanted to be. Rosalea never ceases to amaze me with her ability to love and care about each individual student, with investment in each of our individual futures.”

Traci Thompson

Professor Ryan E. Smith
Associate Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture & Planning

“My first year in the architecture program, professor Smith selected me to be a researcher
for the Integrated Technology in Architecture Collaborative (ITAC ), a subgroup of the
Center for Ecological Planning and Design at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning. Through my work at ITAC, I have been privileged to participate in research that has strengthened my understanding of green building techniques, specifically in modular building practices and technology. This is knowledge I would not receive through my regular education in the architecture program and experience that will benefit me as I leave the university and move into the professional realm. I have also been given opportunities to travel and network with industry professionals. Professor Smith encourages the participation of his student researchers in critical decisions. He is always eager to hear students’ suggestions and ideas and is generous in his support of each researcher’s work. I am grateful to be able to be a part of the work happening there and for the opportunities that will come as a result of this experience — an experience that would not be the same were it not for the consideration and experience brought by Professor Smith.”

Robert Baldwin

Professor Sharon Mastracci
Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Social & Behavioral Science

“Professor Sharon Mastracci has given continuously and selflessly of her time, knowledge
and energy to my own development as a scholar. Without any prompting or request, she
often identifies opportunities in conferences, fellowships and publishing which would benefit me, and in turn, those opportunities have borne fruit. One example of this would be her insistence that I apply for the Founders Fellow program within the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), despite me only being in the first year of a doctoral program. Sharon’s confidence in my abilities, even when my own was flagging, led directly to me being named a 2018 Founder’s Fellow, which is a high honor within the field for a student. Sharon also recognizes the value that graduate students receive from researching and writing manuscripts alongside experienced scholars like herself. The road to publication for a graduate student can be very difficult, but the trip is made more productive and valuable. This was made clear to me in the last year working with Sharon on several projects, the first of which was just published in December. Without doubt, I could not have done so on my own. I cannot think of any faculty member more deserving of recognition than Dr. Sharon Mastracci, and I am proud to be her student.”

Robert Smith

Professor Tanya Flores
Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures
College of Humanities

“Professor Flores has been an incredible mentor for me ever since I took her first class.
After that semester, she reached out to me about helping her with a research project, and
since then, she has been giving me advice and opportunities to further my progress toward my desired career in research and academia. She always goes out of her way to be a mentor. We have spent many hours sitting at lunch talking about graduate schools and job advice. While she has a very busy schedule, she is always checking in on me to make sure that I have everything I need.”

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 Professor CoCo James  

College of Social and Behavioral Science

"CoCo listened to my work and college experience, my passions, and pointed me in a
direction she thought I would excel in. Unlike other professors, CoCo always provided
meaningful feedback on all assignments in both of the courses I took with her. No other
professor in my four years of college devoted the same time or effort to students that
CoCo maintained."

Don Herrin

Dr. Don Herrin

College of Social  and Behavioral    Science

"Dr. Herrin is the most influential professor I have had in my college career thus far. From
the first day of class I knew that he was there for his students and for no other reason. Dr.
Herrin has so much to offer his students, whether it's his years of experience in the field
or his willingness to work one-on-one with his students to ensure they grow and develop
the skills they need to succeed in life."

Micahel Free

Dr. Michael Free

College of Mines and Earth Sciences

"Dr. Free often shared some examples of my lab-mates who have graduated and successfully got positions in the academic and industry. In addition, he has done everything he can as a supervisor. He sacrificed his time with families and write a recommendation letter for me, and I was totally moved. I could not have imagined having a better advisor."

Jan Miller

Dr. Jan Miller

College of Mines and Earth Sciences

  "Dr. Jan Miller is an epitome of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Dr. Miller's
knowledge and experience enriched my skills, and helped me pursue a research-oriented
career. I have gained good traits, leadership qualities, and humility, which helped me in
my career development, and also being a better person."

Kody Powell

Dr. Kody Powell


College of Engineering

"Dr. Powell has helped me personally but I also wanted to recognize how much he has
helped our departmental students as a collective. He has made such an direct impact, especially for being a brand new faculty member His advocacy to gain technical experience any way possible has inspired many students to become more competitive in
the job market."

Elizabeth Clement

Professor Elizabeth Clement

 College of   Humanities

"During the first few weeks of class Professor Clement brought in several guest speakers, a documentation, a representative from career services, and a representative from the education department to help students understand what careers are available to them. I believe Professor Clement provided a different career exploration experience that I have not encountered in the history department before."

Mark Matheson

Professor Mark Matheson

College of Humanities

"Mark Matheson is one of the most incredible individuals I have met at the University of Utah. He took the time to really discuss my personal path that led me to my interest in law school. He goes the extra mile to get students where they need to be. Without him, my college experience would be completely different and he has bettered it in a million ways."

Peggy McCandless

Professor Peggy McCandless

College of Education

"Peggy has been a huge aide to my career preparation and search for the last three years.
She not only taught me how to be the best teacher I could be, but she thoroughly prepared me for finding a job after college. She is one of the first people I consult when making decisions about my career. I can think of no other professor who has had such a lasting impact on my life."

Eric Garland

Dr. Eric Garland


College of Social  Work

"Dr. Garland's investment in my future is unlike that of any other faculty I have ever known. He provides candid advice as I make decisions that will affect my career, and his experience and foresight into what I need to do to achieve my career goals has afforded me with a host of unique opportunities. Dr. Garland is an asset to the College of Social Work and to the university as a whole."

Linda Edelam

Dr. Linda Edelman

College of Nursing


"I started working for Linda while I was applying for nursing school as a research
assistant. She talked to what options were available to me, as well as lead me through the research process and me about my goals.. Linda was not only a great influence in my
professional life, but she was a wonderful friend and mentor."

Dr. Jennifer  Clifton

College of Nursing


"Professor Clifton has organized exercises, assignments and readings that help me analyze my career goals and values. She has also provided useful information that will help me be a more prepared leader and political advocate for health care and my profession of
choice. I appreciate her commitment to her students, and she acts as a positive and encouraging role model for students that are just developing their professional identity."

Ann Engar


Dr. Ann Engar


LEAP, Honors College

"Dr. Engar has been an amazing mentor not only inside the classroom but outside as well. Not only did Dr. Engar help my career development by being an amazing professor, but she always went far beyond what was to be "expected" of her. She reaches out to each of her students individually with opportunities specific to their field of interest."

Janice Ugaki

       Professor        Janice Ugaki


Honors College

 "My Freshmen year class with Janice was one of the most influential classes on my life I have had thus far. She taught the small group of us how to construct the perfect resume,
write cover letters and personal statements, and more. This class helped me learn to set my eyes further and helped me create the plan for getting there."

Clayton Williams

Dr. Clayton Williams


College of Science    

 "I have already learned while working withProfessor Clayton the value of independent
thinking especially while starting off with a beginning project for something that could eventually expand into many different areas of research. It will be a real life experience
which is applicable for me to acquire a dual-major in Biology and Business and how I
can use concepts of Business in science-related lab work."

                                Dr. Joseph Mirci

      College of             Science    

   "Dr. Mirci was the best professor I had here at the University of Utah. He cares about his
students and does everything that he can to help his students succeed in and out of the classroom. He helped me solidify my decision to become a dentist and this upcoming fall I will be attending dental school. He is an incredible mentor and I am thankful that I had him as a professor."

      Professor         Amy Sibul

       College of                Science    

 "Professor Sibul assisted me in forming The Wildlife Society at University of Utah student
chapter, where we have provided education, support, and networking for students interested in wildlife ecology and conservation. She helped me and many other students build lasting relationships with professional organizations that have resulted in
internships and jobs."

Shannon Jones

Professor  Shannon Jones

College of Health

"Shannon has been my number one supporter and co-conspirator in helping my program
reduce food waste and hunger in Salt Lake. Her mentorship is crucial to my success in taking my program research to places nationally. Her enthusiasm and encouragement for
my projects are a huge support on my way to turning my passion for food justice, climate change resilience, and community engagement into a career."

Traci Thompson

Professor Traci  Thompson

College of Health

"Traci has been one of the most influential leaders in my educational experience. For
example, she had gone out of her way countless time to provide me with unique opportunities for learning and personal growth. She truly cares about the quality of the lives of those she works with, and that example of compassion is something I hope to
emulate one day."

Robert Baldwin

Dr. Robert  Baldwin

College of Fine Arts

 "Dr. Baldwin has always been deeply involved with the whole spectrum of musical instruction, including career development. He has helped his students explore and understand numerous artistic endeavors within the constantly changing musical world. His passion for music, positivism, encouragement, and integrity set Dr. Baldwin as one of
the most exceptional faculty I have ever worked."

Robert Smith

Professor Robert Smith

   College of Fine Arts

"Rob Scott is very passionate about his work and his work as a teacher. He is incredibly
generous with his time, and consistently works with his students outside of class. If I
come to him with a goal in mind, Scott will help me to plan the path to success. He has such a wonderful energy that is infectious and is a great person to be around."

Dr. Fred Adler
College of Science

“Professor Fred Adler's mentorship was formative and instrumental in my final two years of undergraduate study. He patiently advised my research, helped me explore graduate programs, introduced me to few of his colleagues at other Universities so I could make a sound judgment in choosing my next career steps. I have observed that Dr. Adler extends the same kindness and courtesy to all his students, graduate or undergraduates.”

Dr. Tony Butterfield
Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

“If it weren't for my incredible experiences in his freshman innovation and design lab course, I don't know if I would have survived the grueling 4 year undergraduate program and got to where I am today preparing to graduate this May. In Tony's courses, you aren't afraid to give everything you've got because you know that he's going to help you when you get stuck.” 

Dr. Brenda Bowen
College of Mines & Earth Sciences

“Professor Bowen is so passionate about what she does and in motivating others to help change the world...She immediately understood my areas of interest and started suggesting names of professors whom I could work with. She also gave me the opportunity to be her TA.
Her willingness to help and openness has dispelled any of my initial nerves or apprehension about research.”

Professor Ryan Bown
Entertainment Arts & Engineering
College of Engineering

“Professor Bown was supportive and energetic... At that time of his class, I was undeclared...[He] suggested I declare the Film and Media Arts major instead, noting how much I had improved at sculpting and modeling since I first took his class. I am now aiming for a career in 3D modeling and asset production for films or video games, and I have Ryan Bown to thank for it.”

Dr. Bethany Buck Koehntop
College of Science

“Dr. Buck-Koehntop has been more supportive of my endeavors in presentation and publication than I could have hoped. She regularly finds opportunities and encourages me to participate in them, and offers her unwavering support in my attempts to capitalize on them...My experience in her laboratory has done more to advance my career than any other activity in which I have engaged at the University.”

Dr. Katharine Coles
College of Humanities

“Dr. Katherine Coles receives students without judgment, but with great expectations. My writing has improved and so has my perspective of my own self and my future... Her passion about her subject shows that one can be happy in what they do and also be contentedly busy. The best part in regards to her passion, is that it carries into the classroom, and motivates me to follow mine.”

Dr. Bruce Dain
College of Humanities

“I hope to one day become a history teacher, and my time as a Supplemental Instruction Leader has gotten my feet wet. This semester, Dr. Dain allowed me to lecture for a class period. The amount of trust and respect that demonstrated to me was phenomenal, and integral to my own development as an educator.”

Professor Stephen Goldsmith
Urban Ecology
College of Architecture

“[Professor Goldsmith] teaches from his heart...I feel like I am in the right place whenever I attend his class and that I am getting a quality education. I realized that instead of just taking one class from him as an elective, that I should switch majors to urban ecology, because it has helped me grow as an individual and bring out my passion for justice, compassion, and peace.”

Dr. Joel Harley
Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering

“Professor Harley is my most valuable academic and career resource...Despite his busy schedule, he always made time to discuss my progress during weekly meetings [where] I was able to make steady advancements with my project and come up with interesting results. He always encouraged me to attend numerous seminars related to my academic interests, which helped me tremendously in broadening my perspective for my future career.” 

Dr. Kimberly Mangun
College of Humanities

“Professor Mangun not only sparked my passion with journalism and reporting, she also helped me prepare for the career world ahead of me. As someone who feared interviewing people to create a story, Professor Mangun helped me get over this fear through her class, Voices of Utah.  Her class enabled me to learn how to be a good journalist.” 

Professor Tahmina Martelly
College of Health

 “I have never taken a class where a professor inspired me like the way Tahmina Martelly has. Throughout the semester Professor Martelly would share things that would broaden my perspective and encourage me to take advantage of the many opportunities that surround me, which has helped me immensely in building experiences for my future.” 

Dr. Theresa Martinez
College of Social & Behavioral Science

“Theresa is very passionate about what she teaches...I can honestly say that she has changed my life and the way I perceive others through a sociological lens. By taking her classes I was reassured multiple times that working with children is something I think I am meant to do with my life.  Her classes have prepared me for this work.”

Professor Con Psarras
College of Humanities

“At first I didn’t think journalism would be something I was interested in, but the quality of Dr. Psarras’ teaching started to change my mind about working in journalism. He introduced me to an on campus internship working with the marketing and communications office...I value his judgment and advice on my writing and career goals. Dr. Psarras works hard to see his students succeed.”


Professor Julie Rada
Theatre Professor
College of Fine Arts

“Dr. Rada has served as an influential mentor and advocate.  She approached me to initiative a conversation about what I might do after graduation... [She] made countless suggestions for potential angles I could work in the arts world...Since then, she checks in with me regularly... She has also provided me with resources regarding where to look for job postings. This has been very helpful, encouraging, and confidence boosting for me.” 

Dr. Holly Sebahar
College of Science

 “Dr. Sebahar has given me a lot of help in exploring new careers and has helped me in many ways throughout my application to pharmacy school. In addition to writing a letter of recommendation for me, she is always sure to ask me how things are going and keep me encourage to do my best and survive each semester.  She shows a genuine interest in her students and she cares.”  

Dr. Michael Simpson
Metallurgical Engineering
College of Mines & Earth Sciences

“Through Dr. Simpson’s help and recommendation, I was offered an internship... I will be starting the internship in the summer, and have been talking with Professor Simpson about employment in his lab group after I return. He has been a lot of help in the past with writing personal recommendation letters for me...and he continues to help me now in these opportunities.  He has been a facilitator for my success.”

Dr. Taylor Sparks
Material Sciences Engineering
College of Engineering

“In inviting me to join his research group, Dr. Sparks has made me involved in a project that gives me a strong career direction... My experience with Dr. Sparks and the project he has invited me to work on during grad school has given me a clear career focus which I am legitimately passionate about. He has been the defining guiding hand in my experience at the U.”  

Dr. Ashley Spear
Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

“There was a point where I felt like I was in the wrong major... I made an appointment with Professor Spear to ask her for some mentorship and guidance...She listened to my woes and helped direct my thoughts into my strengths and interests. She opened up doorways of possibilities for me that I can do with my choice of major.  She is overall an inspiring educator.” 

Dr. Jeanine Stefanucci
College of Social & Behavioral Science

“I am always impressed with how much time Dr. Stefanucci spends helping students individually.  I have come to her many, many times to ask for help about class and about my future.  She always makes sure to listen and given concise and helpful feedback, which has helped me feel more confident and prepared to pursue graduate programs to advance my career.” 

Last Updated: 6/28/18