The SLSS Department Recognizes:  

Tiffany Yoast recognized as Uvu's University College 2020 outstanding educator

Tiffany Yoast 2020 Outstanding Educator

Tiffany Yoast Recognized!

Tiffany Yoast is the Outstanding Educator for UVU’s University College. A Provo resident, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Utah Valley University and a master’s degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She says she is passionate about character strengths, positive leadership, and the scientific study of well-being (positive psychology). She teaches student success, stress management, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, strengths-based leader/coach, and the leadership capstone course. She helped develop the new leadership certificate, leadership of personal and social Impact, and co-wrote a new course, strengths-based leader/coach. “I have a favorite quote that states ‘Ask not what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ In short, UVU makes me come alive! There is an energy, a vibrance, an ‘aliveness’ to this campus that is unmatched. I feel so lucky to have a job I love, working with students who inspire me, in an environment that encourages and sustains my growth.”


View UVU's 2020 Outstanding Educators

Prof. Denise Richards receives Prestigious Trim Tab Award 2019

Trim Tab Award

Congratulations to Prof. Denise Richards! 

SLSS Department Faculty Member Prof. Denise Richards earned the Trim Tab Award. The Franklin Covey Higher Education Trim Tab award is given annually to an individual who stands out as a dedicated advocate for and practitioner of principle-based education. Recipients are those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to giving of themselves to make significant, positive shifts in their institutions. 

Dr. Doug Gardner releases People and Their Work Podcast Series

Dr. Doug Gardner - People and Their Work

The People and Their Work Podcast Series was created by Doug Gardner, Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies Department. In this podcast you will hear the 1st person stories of people journeying through their Education, Work and Career Decision Making.

The purpose of this podcast is primarily curricular for use in SLSS 2100, but it is available publicly. If you find it useful, please feel free to use the stories in your teaching.

You can access the episodes through any popular podcast distribution source, or through the following website.


Listen to the People and Their Work 

Candyce Damron Joins Inaugural Utah Board of Higher Education

Candyce Damron

Congratulations to Candyce Damron on her New Role!

Candyce Damron, a former team lead for the UVU Mentor Program, was appointed by Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, to the Inaugural Utah Board of Higher Education in May 2020. During her time in the UVU Mentor Program (in SLSS), Candyce organized the Utah Valley Leadership Conference, served as a liaison with UVUSA, and mentored students transitioning to college to achieve their educational goals.

When asked about her new role she said, "I am so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started. I truly believe the mentor program and everyone I was able to work with have played a strong part in how I got here."


View KSL article highlighing Candyce's appointment to the Board

Recent Awards and Publications by SLSS Faculty


Angus Macfarlane, Dean's Award of Excellence for Staff (2021), University College

Doug Gardner, Faculty Excellence Award (2021), University College

Stacy Waddoups, Dean's Award of Excellence for Inclusion (2021), University College



Brandt, Lorilynn, Ann Sharp, & Doug S. Gardner. Examination of teacher practices on student motivation for reading. The Reading Teacher.  (forthcoming)

Colvin, Janet W., & Marinda Ashman. (2020). Credibility: What role does it play in a peer mentoring relationship?  In Woolhouse C., Nicholson L. (eds) Mentoring in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Haug-Belvin, Theresa. (2020, Sept/Oct). Transitioning to online mentoring and online mentor selection. E-Source for College Transitions 18(1):

Johnson, Benjamin A. (2020, December). Change instead of continuity: Using metacognition to enhance student motivation for learning. In Ways Metacognition Can Enhance Student Success Series. Improve with Metacognition