2019–2020 McKay School Theme

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”
—Moses 7:18

Thanks for attending McKay Day! The Dreamiest Zoom Background award goes to Teresa Leavitt. ICYMI, check out Patty Norman's USBOE presentation, her slides on Utah graduate competencies, and videos from the breakout sessions.


Dean's Office Message

"We in the dean’s office are so pleased with what we are hearing about how you have taken on our current challenges so bravely." Read associate dean Tina Taylor's message on how far the Mckay School has come during the pandemic—and how to continue that positive momentum.

Faculty Advisory Council Annual Report

The University Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) has finished our work for the academic year, including meeting with the AAVP Council to present various proposals, requests, statements of concern, etc. We hope you will find the attached report informative. The administration will respond to the contents of the report in the fall; we will provide an update after that meeting. Please contact either of us with any topic or question you may want the University FAC to explore or consider. —Teresa Leavitt & Jennifer Wimmer


Faculty Accomplishments

Our faculty are writing, leading, award-winning machines! Check out their latest celebrations.
And if you haven't already, check out the winners of this year's University Conference awards, including one of our very own, Kristine Tanner.

In the News


Navigating education in less-than-ideal circumstances is the McKay School's pièce de résistance. Check out the following articles featuring McKay School faculty and alumni:
"Will coronavirus affect college attendance policies?" featuring an interview with Royce Kimmons, IP&T "BYU McKay School faculty offer research for changing education environment" featuring research by Spencer Weiler, EdLF, and from IP&T, Charles Graham, Richard West, and Royce Kimmons. "The unseen effects of COVID-19 on special needs students and their families" by Bruna Goncalves, SpEd alumna.



Still wondering how to do exams this fall? Here are some options:
1. The Testing Center has begun to accept requests (on a first-come-first-serve basis) for testing services during fall semester.
2. A double gym in the Richards Building has been set up as a satellite testing center and can accommodate up to 470 individual students. Testing Center staff, assisted by TAs from the instructor’s department, will proctor and collect the exams. To reserve space, call 801-422-6147.
3. For proctoring online assessments, the Center for Teaching & Learning has provided instructions that will enable you to use Proctorio in either Learning Suite or Canvas exams.
4. Simple Proctor is an alternative online proctoring service that can be used with Learning Suite.

The Office of Experiential Learning is sponsoring a summit series to engage the BYU community of experiential educators in diverse and informed conversations. Events will be held on the second Friday of each month. Check out the topics!

Tyson Harmon, ComD, and his wife welcomed a daughter, Adeline Claire Harmon, on July 21, 2020. #babyyawns

Nancy Peery-Marriott Winner


“The students talk a lot about how he cares about them and that they always feel safe to ask questions.” Watch the video about this year's Excellence in Teaching award winner, Bryan Bowles. Videos of other winners will be shared this year.

Employee Spotlight

The MSE Public Relations team's writer is an avid cosplayer, a bibliophile, and a travel enthusiast. Get to know Stacey Kratz!

The McKay School's external relations team won four awards at this year's Golden Hashtag awards, a BYU celebration of the best in social media across campus.

  1. Excellence in Authenticity for the EdLF faculty bloopers reel for graduation
  2. Excellence in Showcasing Diversity for our series featuring students from different cultures during heritage months
  3. Excellence in Giveaways for crowdsourcing done on Sarah Rollo's T-shirt design contest and giveaway
  4. Excellence in Implementation for our Teacher Tip Tuesdays

Graduate Studies also won an award for a post featuring an IPT&T student.
We are grateful for the support from and collaboration with MSE faculty and staff that make high-quality content possible!


Giveaway Winners

Jaynie Mitchell (Dean's Office) and Emily Soderborg (BYU ARTS Partnership) are our Spring/Summer Giveaway winners! Their crossword skills won them home office supplies of their choosing.

September Giveaway


September 27–October 3 is Banned Books Week! Test your knowledge of once controversial but now very accepted literature with our giveaway crossword puzzle. Winners will receive the banned/challenged book of their choosing. (Tip: Spaces have been removed from multi-word answers.)


Sep 7 | Labor Day
Sep 8 | Add/Drop Deadline
Sep 8 | Devotional: Kevin J and Peggy S. Worthen
Sep 15 | Devotional: James B. Martino, General Authority Seventy
Sep 15 – Oct 15 | Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 22 | Devotional: Estela Marquez, Student Advisor for Multicultural Student Services
Sep 29 | Forum: Melody Barnes, lawyer and political advisor

See the Full Calendar