Barbara Grover — September 2010
Assistant Vice President of Assessment, Planning & Academic Development
Barbara holds a BA in Biology from Princeton University and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. Barbara moved to Salt Lake City with her husband from Oregon where they had lived for 17 years. Before joining the faculty at Salt Lake Community College in 1993 as an adjunct instructor for a year, Barbara was a Math instructor at Central Oregon Community College. She was hired as a SLCC full-time instructor in 1994 and taught in the Math Department for 10 years, after which she was hired as the Division Chair for Engineering, Computer Science and Related Technologies.
When asked what initiatives and/or projects she is excited about at SLCC, Barbara listed two converging factors that provide SLCC the opportunity to examine ourselves under a new lens. 1) The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Revised Standards create an opportunity to holistically support planning, execution and evaluation of our collective work for students at SLCC. 2) Instituting the Provost model at the same time creates the opportunity to critically question how we organize ourselves. These two initiatives come at a time when we are faced with a large influx of students whose unique needs challenge us to re-examine how we help students succeed by addressing their needs effectively.
On mentorship, Barbara says that mentors are everywhere although they are often unaware of the role they play in another’s life. Their mentoring can be experienced by example, sharing of information, support, nudging and at times being available. Depending upon their role, they help individuals begin to think differently, freely examine their thoughts and actions and challenge them to decide what they can do and want to do. Barbara’s mentors at SLCC include President Bioteau, Dean Clifton Sanders, and Maureen Williams.
Barbara was recently featured in an article about SLCC enrollments in the Salt Lake Tribune. Click here for the article.