Staff Spotlight: Broadview University’s Dean of Education Crystal DeWeerd

Published on January 27, 2015 by arothstein

We thought you might like the opportunity to get to know Crystal DeWeerd, the dean of education at Broadview-West Jordan, a bit more. So we decided to ask her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I worked at Utah’s Hogle Zoo for five years. During this time, I wanted to know more about the medical side of the animals I was working with, so I returned to school for my Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and graduated from Broadview University in 2006.

While working at the zoo, I became an adjunct instructor at Broadview. I moved to full-time instructor in 2009, became the vet tech program chair in 2010. I moved in the dean of education role at Broadview University-Layton in 2013. I now work at the West Jordan campus.

I have a wonderful husband, and we have two children, ages five and three. Due to my love of animals, I have owned a multitude of pets.

I love the outdoors: camping, fishing, hiking, etc. I am also a big sports fan, mainly hockey and football. Go Packers!

Why did you choose to become an instructor at Broadview University?

I have had the opportunity to experience both traditional and nontraditional schools. I didn’t like being a number with no name that constantly had to hunt down my adviser to register for classes in the traditional setting. I became an instructor with Broadview University because of our “We Care” philosophy with our students. As a student, I knew my instructors and fellow classmates in my entire program. As an instructor, and now the dean of education, I know my students. I want to help them succeed in their education and be passionate about the career field they have chosen.

Why did you decide to become the dean of education at Broadview?

As my love of education grew, I wanted to play a more integral role for Broadview students in helping them be successful in their education. Not only did I want to help guide Broadview students to success in a career of their choice, but I wanted to help them break down the barriers in their way and help them realize that any dream is possible if you put your mind to it.

  1. Any advice for students who want to improve their grades?

The best thing to do is to reach out for help. Your instructor is the first person to start with. Broadview’s program chairs are available as well to discuss any issues a student may be facing. Broadview has the Academic Resource Center (ARC) available for students, where a student can come in without an appointment to get some help. If a student feels they need more one-on-one tutoring each week, we can set that up as well.

In addition, Broadview-West Jordan always has workshops on campus that focus on studying skills, test taking, time management, etc., which can be beneficial in gaining the skills they need to be successful in the classroom.

  1. How can students become more involved at Broadview?

Participate in student events on campus or student clubs. They can also become a student ambassador and help out other students across the campus as well.


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