Weber State University has a long history of engaging students in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Engaged learning fosters intellectual and personal growth, critical thinking, problem solving, civic engagement, and professional and career development opportunities. Students engage with faculty members in small groups or one-on-one, for an intellectually challenging experience that is enhanced by professional and real world application of knowledge.
The Office of Undergraduate Research, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, the Sustainability Practices and Research Center, and Honors Program continue to facilitate the engaged learning of WSU students by collaborating with disciplines across colleges. These programs offer engaged learning opportunities in undergraduate research, community engaged learning, and classes that provide a stimulating, creative and supportive learning environment.
Interdisciplinary programs provide students the opportunity to expand their learning across different subject areas, and contribute to a well-rounded educational experience. Students who want to individualize or create a unique academic program resulting in an interdisciplinary degree can do so through the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program.
- Dean of Engaged Learning, Honors, and Interdisciplinary Programs: Brenda Kowalweski
- Telephone Contact: Dana Gibson, 801-626-6006
|Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR): Dr. John Cavitt
|Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL): Dr. Becky Jo Gesteland
|Honors Program: Dr. Dan Bedford
|Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS): Dr. Michael Cena
|Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC): Dr. Alice Mulder
|Library Teaching & Information Services Department: Dr. Shaun Adamson
|Asian Studies: Dr. Greg Lewis
|Environmental Studies: Dr. Mikel Vause
|Ethnic Studies: Dr. Eric Ewert
|European Studies: Dr. Thomas Mathews
|Latin American Studies: Dr. Isabel Asensio
|Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP): Debi Sheridan
|Legal Studies: Dr. Richard Price
|Linguistics: Dr. Mark LeTourneau
|Neuroscience: Dr. Todd Hillhouse
|Urban and Regional Planning: Dr. Bryan Dorsey
|Women & Gender Studies: Dr. Melina Alexander
Offices and Programs
Office of Community Development (OCD)
Executive Director: Bill Cook
Telephone Contact: Bill Cook (801) 721-9382
Location: Community Education Center, 115
The Office of Community Development at Weber State University acts as a catalyst for fostering collaboration and partnerships between anchor institutions and partner organizations that address social determinants of health in education, health, housing and financial stability. The mission includes engaging residents, community leaders, political leaders, students, faculty and staff to develop and implement evidence-based interventions and systemic adaptive changes. Through the evidence-based interventions opportunities are offered to faculty and students to advance their teaching, learning and research agendas in the community (weber.edu/OgdenCAN).
The Office is responsible for developing, facilitating and maintaining critical partnerships for the university with local, regional and national partners and their networks including: The Democracy Collaborative, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Anchor Learning Network, Promise Partnership Regional Council and the United Partnership Council. The Office also leads the university’s anchor-mission committees and coordinates with multiple areas of campus including the development of core metrics and business practice improvements related to community wealth building in the areas of hiring, purchasing and investing.
The Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN) is a program within the Office of Community Development. OgdenCAN is a consortium of anchor institutions, partners, allies and residents that is determined to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization in the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden, Utah. This initiative is designed to remove barriers, create opportunities, align available resources and provide funding for evidence-based interventions. A Board of Directors is responsible for setting priorities and allocating funds. Weber State University serves as the fiscal agent for OgdenCAN.