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USU Uintah Basin Announces New Social Work Faculty Addition

By Marcus Jensen |

Tammy Taylor has accepted a faculty position for the Social Work department at USU Uintah Basin.

VERNAL, Utah — Utah State University Uintah Basin is pleased to announce that Tammy Taylor has accepted a faculty position for the Social Work department.

“We are so excited to see Tammy build on the legacy of our strong social work program and partnerships in the Basin,” said Robert Peterson, associate director and director of students at USU Uintah Basin. “Her decades of clinical and instructional experience are valued, but what we are most excited about is her commitment to engaging with students and the campus community.”

Previously, Taylor served as a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) therapist and counselor for the Uintah Basin and other campuses. She will now transition to a full-time faculty position as a clinical assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“I look forward to mentoring students and love to see them grow and become excited about being a social worker,” Taylor said. “I look forward to making an impact in our community through the students that I work with and, ultimately, the clients they impact. I also am looking forward to the camaraderie of working with other faculty members and learning from them.”

Taylor joined USU in 2018, providing both long and short-term counseling services to USU students and offered support through outreach and workshops. She is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience with a wide range of clientele. Taylor will now teach courses in both the BSW and MSW programs, advise both undergraduate and graduate students, supervise practicum placements and provide service to the department, the campus and the social work profession.

“One thing I love about social work is that you are always learning,” Taylor said. “You are learning about others, communities, and yourself. Every client and student I have worked with has taught me something new and has given me new insights into myself and the world around me. I look forward to learning as much as I can from my students and hope they gain from me as well.”

Taylor loves to garden, ski, run marathons, and has completed a number of open-water long distance swims. She loves living in Utah and spending time with her husband and children outdoors.

USU Uintah Basin offers training for social workers, helping to meet the demands of a fast-growing industry. According to the Department of Workforce Services, social workers are one of the fastest growing and in-demand occupations in the nation, and a needed service especially for rural communities. Social workers make impacts in the lives of children, individuals, families, and communities. They also have the ability to work in a wide variety of settings, including state and local government agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, military bases, private practice and more.

USU Uintah Basin partners with Northeastern Counseling to also give students the ability to work with trained professionals. Students get the opportunity to work with actual patients in a clinical setting, all while receiving feedback and direction from a mentor.

For more information on USU Uintah Basin’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, visit statewide.usu.edu/uintahbasin/social-work.

With Taylor accepting this faculty position, USU Uintah Basin also now has an opening for a social worker in CAPS. Applications are now being solicited and the search for a new therapist has begun. Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP to be considered for the position. To apply for the position, visit www.usu.edu/hr/jobs.

Operating campuses in Vernal and Roosevelt for more than 50 years, Utah State University Uintah Basin gives students the personalized attention and small class sizes of a small-town college with the resources of a large university, all in the backdrop of the outdoor oasis that is the Uinta Mountains and Ashley National Forest. With degree options ranging from associate to doctorate degrees and more than 125 programs available, as well as access to the renowned Bingham Research Center, USU Uintah Basin offers programs that help fuel local economies and empower individuals and their communities. Learn more at uintahbasin.usu.edu.

WRITER

Marcus Jensen
News Coordinator
University Marketing and Communications
marcus.jensen@usu.edu

CONTACT

James Y. Taylor
Senior Associate Vice President
USU Uintah Basin
435-722-1769
james.taylor@usu.edu


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