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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 either the fall or spring semester for the academic year 2017-2018. 

The goals of the “Professors Off Campus” program are to: (1) create meaningful public service programs based on University faculty expertise to benefit groups and individuals throughout the community, (2) foster an appreciation of service work by academics, (3) create relationships and connections based on tolerance and understanding.

Funds up to $5000 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 $1500 will be provided to the selected professor to facilitate project development and $1000 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.

Submissions for the 2018-2019 academic year are now closed. For proposal and budget samples, click here.


2018-2019: KILO ZAMORA | Instructor, Gender Studies Program

In Spring 2019, Professor Kilo Zamora will partner with Planned Parenthood of Utah and the American Civil Liberties Union’s youth leadership and community advocacy training program to build community-engaged internship opportunities. This partnership extends Zamora’s work with the University of Utah’s Gender Studies Division’s Gender Justice Scholars program, which aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underserved students.





2017-2018: JAEHEE YI | Assistant Professor, College of Social Work

yi-headshotYi’s project, “Photo Storytelling for Latino Immigrant Adolescents” will begin Fall 2017.

In collaboration with therapists at Community Health Centers, Inc. of Utah (CHC), professor Yi will develop a community-based mental health empowerment program. Her project will use Photo Storytelling, a new intervention method, to empower adolescent Latinos to manage and thrive beyond their life challenges and integrate Photo Storytelling into supportive group therapy sessions. 

By sharing their experiences with family members, mental health providers, and the general community through Photo Storytelling, Latino participants will help raise awareness about the mental health needs of their peers. 

As Yi explains, this approach honors the Latino youth’s “lived experiences” and “self-expression” and empowers them to work together to “discover ways to heal and thrive.”

2016-2017: ERIN CARRAHER | Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

carraher-pocProfessor Erin Carraher will execute an ongoing project in partnership with the Salt Lake Arts Council and three West Side youth art collectives. Carraher will help incorporate community input, creative vision, and themes from stakeholder dialogue into refined community art installations.




2015-2016: DR. CHERYL WRIGHT | Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Studies

wrightDr. Wright will lead a project in partnership with Columbus Community Center (CCC), a local nonprofit that supports education, training, and independence of people with disabilities. Wright will extend the reach of her innovative and award-winning 3-D technology-training program for transition-age students on the autism spectrum, which she piloted in 2014 at CCC in collaboration with Big D Construction, the Salt Lake City School District, and the University of Utah's Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. 

One of the long-range goals for students in this wright-2project is the enhancement of job skills and the development of technology skills that will lead to internships and long-term successful and meaningful employment. This goal is particularly important because individuals with ASD have the highest rates of unemployment, underemployment, and mal-employment (mismatch of skills) of all disability groups.



2014-2015: Kelly MacArthurKELLY MacARTHUR | Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Professor MacArthur’s project, “Mathematics in Prison,” seeks to reduce recidivism through education by expanding her volunteer efforts teaching math in the Utah State Prison System.  In collaboration with South Park Academy, the adult high school at the prison in Draper, Utah, she will lead weekly classes for both male and female prisoners that focus on improving mathematical and critical thinking skills. Through these lessons, students will expand their educational horizons and improve their chances of attending college after release.

Juan Carlos ClaudioJUAN CARLOS CLAUDIO | Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Dance
Professor Claudio's project is titled "Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Dancing Through Differences in a Community of Democratic Thinking."  Partnering with Bryant Middle School of the Salt Lake City School District, Claudio will use dance as a medium to enhance personal and social responsibility while expanding students' knowledge of peoples of different cultures. By exploring dance as a means of empowerment, discovery, and community building, he looks to reduce the school’s truancy rate and cultivate personal ownership by students of their academic studies. 





2013-2014: chiangEMILY CHIANG | Associate Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Professor Chiang's project involves collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah to establish a long-term program that will help interrupt one aspect of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a phenomenon by which students are funneled to the prison system rather than to higher education.

2012-2013: Chris LippardCHRIS LIPPARD | Associate Professor, Film and Media Arts Department
Professor Lippard's project includes collaboration with the Salt Lake Film Society to introduce award-winning and challenging films from around the world to students in Salt Lake high schools.

Susie PorterSUSIE PORTER | Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Porter's project brings together the University of Utah's Gender Studies program, the Women's Resource Center, and Franklin Elementary School to provide opportunities for University students to mentor young girls' self-esteem, skill development, and leadership abilities.

2011-2012: martinezV. KIM MARTINEZ | Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History
Professor Martinez's project brings together students from the University of Utah and youth of the City of South Salt Lake to study public art and create a community mural.





Registration for the 2018 Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops is now CLOSED. All teachers who submitted applications will hear from us within a week regarding acceptance or wait list.  

We look forward to seeing you all this summer!


*While open to all educators, priority registration will be given to 4th, 5th, 7th, and 11th grade teachers.

Instructors: Colleen McDannell, University of Utah Dept. of History; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University; Andrea Radke-Moss, Brigham Young University-Idaho; Jennifer Robinson, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Naomi Watkins, Better Days 2020; Quinn Rollins, Granite School District
This workshop will explore the suffrage and women’s rights movements in Utah, including Native women’s unique challenges, from 1870 through the women’s rights movement of the 1970s. This workshop will seek to answer questions such as: What factors led to Utah women being the first to vote in the early modern nation? Why and how did Utah women lose and then regain the vote? How did Utah women participate in the national women’s suffrage movement? How did some Utah women shift from being leaders in the women’s rights movement to opposing this movement in the 1970s?


Instructor: Professor Gregory Smoak, Department of History; Director, America West Center
This workshop will focus on the Ute, Shoshone, Goshute, Paiute, and Navajo peoples whose homelands make up the modern state of Utah. The participants will learn about the diverse cultures and languages of Utah’s Native peoples, their interactions with newcomers from the Spanish to the Mormon settlers, the struggle to maintain their homelands and sovereignty over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the status of modern tribal communities and governments. 


Instructor: Professor Ginger Smoak, Honors College
This workshop will focus on gender in the dynamic medieval and Renaissance periods, from 1000 to 1550 C.E.  Examining the social, political, religious, economic, legal, military spheres, we will consider gender roles and expectations as they transformed over time. Workshop topics will include a focus on major historiographical debates, socio-economic class distinctions, marital status, religious differences, geographic differences (Northwest European and Mediterranean patterns), work, and the impact of major socio-economic changes.


Instructors: Christin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor of Art History, George Washington University; Maile Arvin, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and History, University of Utah
This workshop will explore the art and history of the Pacific Islands and South Asia.  The content of this workshop will focus on the images and objects relevant to the AP art history curriculum and the thematic foci of the AP World History curriculum. While this workshop is most immediately focused on the curriculums of AP Art History and AP World History we encourage teachers of Studio Art, Geography, and other Social Studies courses to participate.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Asia Center.


Instructors: Caren J. Frost, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration
Julie Stewart, Associate Professor, Honors College at Westminster
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the refugee populations in Utah from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  This workshop seeks to provide contextual information regarding the historical, political, and social conditions that drive refugees from their homes, as well as their experiences of flight, residence in refugee camps, and ongoing relationships with their origin communities. We also seek to provide an overview of the shared and varied experiences of refugees living in Utah with special attention devoted to the experiences that refugee children and the children of refugees encounter in Utah’s educational institutions from K-16.


Instructors: Ming Wen, Dept of Sociology; Eric Hutton, Dept. of Philosophy; Winston Kyan, Dept. of Art History; Fusheng Wu, Dept. of World Languages and Culture; Kirk Larsen, Brigham Young University Dept. of History
This course will cover the areas of ancient philosophy, history, literature, capped with a session on Chinese society today. The instructors will be faculty members from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.


Instructor: Professor Natasha Seegert, Department of Communication, University of Utah
This course will critically examine how digital technologies and media shape our everyday lives both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Specifically, we will explore how media, technology, and popular culture can produce profound moments of both connection and disconnection. Topics include relationships in the digital age, empathy and compassion, attention, and identity production. Course texts will be a mix of books, articles and films, including Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Matthew Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head, episodes from the critically acclaimed television show Black Mirror, and the film Wonder Woman.

About Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops

Workshops are held daily Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:30pm except where noted. Fees for each teacher are $90/workshop and include use of university facilities, faculty course development and instruction, books, materials, and lunches. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Participants who wish to receive academic credit through University Continuing Education (up to 3 credits/workshop) pay an additional $50 administrative fee. Upon workshop completion, teachers fill out evaluations and offer suggestions for future workshops. A strict attendance policy is enforced for those taking workshops for credit.

Working in consultation with teachers, administrators, and university faculty members, we solicit and develop potential topics in the fall months and then post them for registration early in the new year. We select faculty members to teach specific workshops based on their familiarity with current scholarship and innovative technologies, instructional skills, capabilities for developing curriculum and lesson plans for primary and secondary educational students, and approachability.  We cap enrollment at thirty participants per workshop to ensure individualized attention, small-group activities, and hands-on experience.

Established in 1990, our Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops offer K-12 Utah teachers rigorous, affordable professional development opportunities and continuing education courses at the University of Utah. Under the direction of nationally recognized University of Utah faculty members, teachers attend week-long summer workshops to explore current scholarship on academic subjects, new pedagogical methods, curriculum development, and innovative classroom technologies. Workshops seek to help Utah teachers meet state and federal mandates for professional development and continuing education; to create connections between faculty members and K-12 teachers; to build an intellectual community of teachers throughout the state; to enhance content knowledge and instructional methods for Utah teachers; to energize teacher and student engagement in the classroom; and to improve academic performance statewide for K-12 students.

For a list of previous Gateway to Learning Workshops click here

For all other inquiries, please contact Beth James, Associate Director at




Last Updated: 12/4/18