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Professors Off Campus

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 2019-2020. 

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 2020-2021 academic year TBDFor proposal and budget samples, click here.

Current Projects

2019-2020 | Ann House

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Studies
Director, the U’s Personal Money Management Center

In Spring 2020, Ann House will train and supervise students from her “Tax Preparation Certification and Community Education” course to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at local community centers.  This national program assists low-income individuals and families by helping prepare their income taxes and by directing them to community resources for food, shelter, jobs, and personal money management.  Community partners for this project include the IRS and the Community Action Partnership of Utah, which leads statewide VITA efforts.  House also will conduct research assessing the barriers to eligible households in claiming Earned Income Tax Credits.

Past Projects

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. 


Assistant Professor, College of Social Work

Yi’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.”


Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Professor 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.


Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Studies

Dr. 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 project 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.

Kelly 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 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.



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


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 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.


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.


Last Updated: 10/20/21