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Deciding to Stay or Go: Making a Difference Matters

U College of Education Releases Report
on why Teachers Remain in the Profession

A study by the Utah Education Policy Center, UEPC, in the College of Education at the University of Utah, found that choosing to make a difference isn’t just a reason for becoming a teacher. As it turns out, teachers report that making a difference in the lives of children and young adults, and contributing to the greater social good are among the top factors in their decisions to remain a teacher. The convenience of the work schedule doesn’t hurt either.

“It thrilled us to learn that the desire to make a difference for children and contribute to the greater societal good were top reasons for entering and remaining in teaching,” said Diana Suddreth, director of teaching and learning for the Utah State Board of Education. “This gives us concrete evidence of the commitment of our teachers to children and to our society."

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University of Utah Committment


Deans and administrators through the University of Utah campus issued this letter in mid-October to affirm their commitment to creating an inclusive environment where there is no tolerance for acts of racism or bias in any form.



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sped ranking logosSpecial Education receives top rankings from US News and College Choice

Congratulations to the Department of Special Education for being ranked 15th for their Online Licensure Program and 16th best Bachelor's of Science in Special Education.


Sayro PawSecondary Licensure Student Receives National and State Recognition

Ms. Sayro Paw was selected to present her research, "Immigration stress among refugees resettled in Utah" at the 2018 National Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Karen TaoHow To Talk To Kids About Race

Karen Tao, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, can help. Tao studies how children talk about and understand race and their other social identities. She has collaborated with elementary school teachers, students and parents in the Salt Lake School District to implement a classroom-based program focused on topics such as race and gender.




National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


Did you know that you have access to a wonderful online mentoring program to support you in your scholarship at no cost?

The College of Education has sponsored the University of Utah’s Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars now have access to a large variety of services and resources including webinars, multi-week courses, guest lectures, accountability writing buddy matches, discussion forums, and much more. The normal cost for individual NCFDD memberships would be $240/year for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, and $480/year for faculty.

 To register for your free NCFDD membership, click here!


Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends

Richard Kendell Richard Kendell received his bachelor's degree in English from Weber State University and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Utah. He has worked as a high school English teacher and as a faculty member and associate dean in both the College of Education and the Graduate School at the University of Utah. He served as Superintendent of Davis School District in Farmington, Utah and as Utah Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction. Richard has also worked in private industry as research and development director for WICAT Educational Systems and as a project manager for hospital and health care facilities for the Boyer Company.

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Last Updated: 2/23/18