As Steve Hite retires at the end of July 2018, his colleagues in EdLF reflect on his career and some of the significant aspects of his service to us, the McKay School, BYU, and the local and global communities he served. The beginning of his career at BYU was unusual, and was the first in a sequence of meaningful experiences for him and us. When Steve arrived at BYU in 1991 he was the first professor hired in EdLF in over two decades; within five years of his hire all of the faculty in the department retired, leaving Steve as the “senior” faculty member very early in his career. Consequently, his career spanned a real generational change in the department, and perhaps similar transitions in the college and university as well. During his tenure in EdLF, Steve experienced and contributed to significant changes in the focus on scholarly research and publication, the integration of technological advances into classroom teaching, and an expansion of the vision of the department, college, and university. Among the highlights of his career at BYU are the following:
In EdLF, Steve served over the years as Graduate Coordinator (six years, and the first one in the history of the department), Doctoral Program Coordinator (five years), Rank and Status Committee Chair (15 years), Faculty Search Committee Chair (nine times), as well as continuous service on numerous other ad hoc and standing committees.
At BYU, Steve served on the three-person Executive Committee of the University-wide Institutional Accreditation (three years), University Admissions Committee (seven years), Chair of the Academic Unit Review Committee (four years), and the University IRB Committee (three years), among other university committees. He also served full-time in the office of President Bateman and then with President Samuelson for nearly four years, overseeing and participating in numerous campus-wide programs and initiatives.
International research and professional service were of particular importance in Steve’s career. Here are a few highlights of his international efforts:
- Steve received two Fulbright Scholar awards:
- Fulbright Distinguished Chair (2006–07) at the National College of Ireland in Dublin.
- Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar (2015) at Ambedkar University in Delhi, India.
- With UNESCO, Steve conducted educational research in Nepal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Botswana, France, and 12 other countries. Steve also served as the only American citizen on their Council of Consultant Fellows for two terms from 2006–2015. He also served 21 times as external examiner for UNESCO master’s theses from Cambodia, China, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cameroon, The Gambia, Fiji, Tonga, Brunei, Zambia, Liberia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Jamaica, Namibia, Sri Lanka, and Monserrat.
- Steve mentored numerous BYU students in field research in Uganda for 10 years, taking 82 BYU undergraduate students (studying in 33 different major programs across campus) and some graduate students from various programs across campus. This undergraduate student research mentoring effort produced 31 instances of student coauthoring in various academic outlets (peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books), and 63 instances of student co-presenting in national and international professional conferences.
- Steve published three books and monographs, 11 book chapters, 28 peer-reviewed journal articles (two more have been accepted for publication in 2018), and numerous non-peer–reviewed professional service publications in the USA and other global outlets.
Other career accomplishments and highlights could be presented, but the depth and breadth given here provide a good idea of how Steve has made an impact during his time as a BYU professor. The department is grateful for the significant contributions Steve made over the years, and will miss his contributions to the culture and efforts of our department.