Arts & Humanities

Dean of the College of Humanities selected for new position with Mellon Foundation

August 14, 2017

Dianne S. Harris, dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah, has accepted a new position as senior program officer in higher education and scholarship in the humanities with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Harris will join the foundation on Nov. 1, 2017. “I have loved serving as dean at the University […]


U national champion debate society leads summer camp for high school students

July 5, 2017

The national champion debate society at the University of Utah will host summer camps July 9-22 for nearly 150 high school students from across the country. Along with faculty and staff from the U, members of the John R. Park Debate Society will help participants learn to become better debaters, critical thinkers and members of […]


U names new dean for the College of Education

June 29, 2017

The University of Utah announced that Elaine Clark, professor of educational psychology at the U, has accepted the appointment as the new dean of the College of Education. For a seamless transition, Clark will begin July 1 as the current dean, María Fránquiz, moves to her new position as deputy chief academic officer for Faculty Development […]


University of Utah esports team scores with “Rocket League”

June 26, 2017

This fall, the University of Utah’s newly-announced varsity esports team will be gunnin’ for virtual goals. The university’s nationally-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program announced today that its new esports team will be competing in Rocket League, one of the most popular multiplayer video games in the world with a community […]


Creative dance can increase social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder

June 1, 2017

Researchers at the University of Utah have found the use of creative dance helps increase social play skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. “Research has demonstrated that play is central to the development of children’s language and cognitive skills,” said Catherine Nelson, associate professor of special education at the U. “However, children with autism […]


University of Utah names new dean of College of Fine Arts

May 25, 2017

University of Utah Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ruth Watkins announced that John W. Scheib, director of the School of Music at University of Kentucky, has accepted the offer to serve as the next dean of the College of Fine Arts. Following the completion of the appointment approval process, Scheib will begin on July […]


How to help students complete their studies and receive degrees

May 19, 2017

Almost 1 in 5 Americans who attend college never receive a degree. In 2015, there were more than 35 million such Americans aged 25 years and older who had some college, but no degree leaving them with debt after investing considerable time and resources into their education. “In Utah, the percent of adults with some […]


University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library collects oral histories from downwinders in southern Utah

May 17, 2017

Staff from The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will be in southern Utah collecting oral histories about the impact of nuclear testing on individuals and their families. These interviews will be included in the Downwinders of Utah Archive, which provides historical data on the nuclear testing that occurred at the Nevada Test Site […]


University of Utah ranked as Top Tier Teacher Prep Program

May 12, 2017

The National Council on Teacher Quality, NCTQ, released its latest ratings for 717 undergraduate programs that prepare high school teachers, including ratings for seven colleges in Utah. The University of Utah is the only school in the state to be included on the NCTQ’s list of the “Nation’s Top Tier Secondary Teacher Prep Programs.” The […]


Paisley Rekdal named Utah Poet Laureate

May 10, 2017

Paisley Rekdal, professor of English at the University of Utah, has been named the new Utah Poet Laureate by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. The Utah Poet Laureate, established in 1997, is a governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries and public events. As […]