Office of the Provost

Faculty Honors

Outstanding Educator Award

2017-2018

  Nathan Werner
Nathan Werner

Dr. Nathan S. Werner, assistant professor of chemistry at SUU for the past six years, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a postdoctoral fellow in medicinal chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute. He earned a B.S. in chemistry and biology/zoology from .

Committed to ensuring that each student accomplishes his or her academic goals, he says that it is important to understand the needs of his students and then to determine how best to meet those needs.

Dr. Werner's favorite course to teach is organic chemistry because of how it beautifully weaves together a few fundamental concepts over a yearlong course. He finds great satisfaction in helping students master the challenging course. His academic work, rooted in the discovery of new and important scientific knowledge while working alongside his students, involves the discovery of new chemical reactions, the synthesis of interesting organic products, and the application of his project to catalysis, chemical biology, and medicine. Importantly, he includes his students in his own academic work in order to strengthen their scientific education.

The essence of his teaching philosophy is the creation of a learning environment that encourages thought-provoking and meaningful experiences for each student under his careful and deliberate mentorship. Motivating his students to learn is an important part of his mission as a teacher and he employs passion and applicability to do so. Through his excitement during lectures, it is clear to his students that he truly loves chemistry and he takes care to point out concepts that are applicable to their lives.

He has garnered a number of honors and awards in his career, including being named an SUU Distinguished Educator as well as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Department of Physical Science at SUU, both in 2016. He has collaborated with a number of fellow scientists to author multiple acclaimed publications-including The Journal of the Utah Academy's best physical science paper this year-and is a regular presenter at a wide array of scientific conferences. 

Dr. Werner is from Cedar City, Utah.

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Distinguished Educators

2017-2018

  Steve Evans
Steve Evans

After earning his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and spending a few years managing, investing, and consulting, Steve Evans was invited to SUU in the fall of 1998 to create a finance program. With no finance majors at the time, he determined to take a personal interest in each student's success. The program grew through the years, and now has 164 students either majoring or minoring in finance. His primary teaching emphasis is in the principles, practices, and mathematics of finance, and he has developed a passion for macro-finance through his study and his publications in the area of governments and large corporations. Dr. Evans' enthusiasm for working with students is reflected in his eight years as founder and advisor of the Finance Club, and advisor of Beta Gamma Sigma, the worldwide business honorary. The business students of this Salt Lake City native voted him Professor of the Year in 2015. 

  Dave Lunt
Dave Lunt

An assistant professor in the department of history, sociology, and anthropology since the fall of 2013, Dave Lunt holds a Ph.D. in history from Penn State University, and M.A. and B.S degrees in history from the University of Utah. He finds inspiration in the seminal words of Socrates (as recorded by Plato) that "the unexamined life is not worth living," and incorporates that philosophy in teaching his students to ask questions, to be curious, and to examine their lives and their world. Among his favorite classes to teach is a course on classical Greece. The content is profound, but he particularly loves helping his students grapple with difficult source material, hard-to-say names, and the remoteness of ancient history, and then, by semester's end, seeing the class embrace the material as routine. Dr. Lunt, originally from Salt Lake City, has taught Latin and served as SUU's director of interdisciplinary studies.  

Dezhi Wu
Dezhi Wu

Dr. Dezhi Wu is a professor of information systems and director of the cybersecurity and information assurance graduate program. A native of China she holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in information systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has taught at SUU for the past 13 years. Dr. Wu is a passionate and dedicated scholar in the information systems fields, especially as it pertains to the intersection area among human-computer interaction, cybersecurity, healthcare IT, and mobile training. Her academic work explores how users interact with computers, the Internet, robotics and smart devices, as well as other emerging technologies, to accomplish their goals. Her passion also extends to creating innovative and cutting-edge interfaces and designing transformative experiences that fill the gaps between users and today's evolving technologies. Through all this, Dr. Wu engages and inspires her students through experiential learning methods to foster their lifelong learning experiences. 

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Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Activity

Please note, in 2015-16, the structure of this award changed from a single Outstanding Scholar Award to three Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Activity Awards

2017-2018

  Kyle Bishop
Kyle Bishop

Dr. Kyle Bishop, a Cedar City native and third-generation faculty member, has engaged in scholarly work that impacts a national and international audience. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona and degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. A foundational scholar in the field of zombie studies, his work bridges the gap between specialized disciplinary scholarship and public commentary, as he has contributed important work in film and television studies in the genre. His published work supports the University's goal to promote experiential learning and he seeks to develop students' intrinsic motivation and abilities to continue teaching themselves. His favorite course to teach is Literature and Film as well as study abroad courses specializing in Harry Potter, Dracula, and Lord of the Rings. He has had an exemplary and impactful year of scholarly activities.  

  Bruce Haslem
Bruce Haslem

With the motto "teach what is most useful," Dr. Bruce Haslem guides his students to learn the tools used by all financial professionals, while gaining perspective on how those tools are applied in different industry settings. His research focuses on the impact corporate litigation has on the investment decisions of managers, financing sources, and the valuation of firms and projects, and then ties that research directly to his work in the classroom. In his seven years of teaching at SUU, he has taught classes on investments, finance, economics and exam prep with Advanced Managerial Finance as his favorite. A native of Vernal, Utah, Dr. Haslem holds a Ph.D. in finance from Indiana University and is published in one of the top two journals in the field of finance. His scholarly activity is among the best ever produced among SUU finance faculty and lifts the profile of the University.  

  Scott Lanning
Scott Lanning

Associate Professor of Library Media Scott Lanning, a native of DeKalb, Illinois, continues to have great influence upon the fields of librarianship and library science. He has been teaching at SUU for more than two decades, is a practicing librarian, and particularly enjoys teaching the class Library Computer and Reference Skills. Professor Lanning hopes to instill in his students the immense value of information literacy. His books, including his most recent volume entitled "Concise Guide to Information Literacy," are utilized in graduate curriculum throughout North America. He hold a master's of library science degree from Northern Illinois University and has published a scholarly article among the 10 most prestigious journals in this field. Teaching information literacy and discovering how best to teach it has been and will continue to be his design, and the focus of his research. 

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Outstanding Educator for Inclusion & Diversity

2017-2018

  Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology

HSA department

The Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology (HSA) is a champion of diversity and inclusion both in and out of the classroom. By incorporating essential learning outcomes of "Knowledge of Human Cultures" and "Intercultural Knowledge and Competence" into all courses, HSA builds a strong foundation of cultural diversity in its students. The department sponsors speakers and activities in conjunction with Black History Month, Native American Week, and Hispanic Heritage Week that offer students and community members alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide range of cultures. In addition, HSA is home to the Women and Gender Studies Program at SUU which sponsors an annual conference focused on human trafficking and domestic violence. With a diverse international faculty, the Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology has a strong record of collaborating with stakeholders across campus to increase cultural awareness at . 

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Distinguished Faculty for Inclusion & Diversity

2017-2018

  Steve Barney
Steve Barney

As a professor of psychology at SUU for 20 years, Dr. Steve Barney is a passionate advocate for those affected by mental illness and he works tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with the disease. His academic work focuses on applying psychological concepts and principles in ways that are meaningful, impactful, and timely to the challenges of modern society. He views problems as opportunities for change and improvement, and invites his students to approach situations similarly. His recent work of reducing stigma and negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness has been effective, and he engages students in his Abnormal Psychology course in the community, for a minimum of 20 hours, with individuals who suffer from mental illness. Originally from Layton, Utah, Dr. Barney earned an associate's degree in nursing and bachelor's degree in integrated studies from Weber State University, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wyoming. 

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Distinguished Service

2017-2018

  Briget Eastep
Briget Eastep

John Muir once said, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." Dr. Briget Tyson Eastep, a native of Taos, New Mexico, embraces those words as she connects students to the natural world as director of the Outdoor Engagement Center and as an associate professor of outdoor recreation. With society being tied to screens and devices, and more disconnect with others and the natural world, Dr. Eastep's work creates meaningful learning opportunities for students to connect with others and wild places through partnerships like the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, Semester in the Parks, and recreation impact monitoring. She has been at SUU for 11 years and holds a bachelor's degree in English and environmental studies from Cornell College, a master's degree in parks and recreation from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in recreation and tourism from the University of Utah. 

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