David Waddell

PROVO — BYU has created an Office of Experiential Learning aimed at connecting and supporting existing experiential learning activities across campus and promoting the standards and merits of these opportunities to students, faculty and staff.

Experiential learning opportunities may include internships, student employment, service and volunteer work, study abroad programs, clubs, competitions and teacher/research assistants.

David Waddell, assistant dean in the College of Humanities, will begin a new role as the inaugural manager of the office, which will be housed in the Wilkinson Center, on Dec. 1.

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According to a statement from the university, Waddell is quite familiar with the concept of experiential learning. Seven years ago he was asked to design a program in the College of Humanities that directed students to experiential learning opportunities to help professionalize their degrees. It was so successful the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences also enlisted Waddell’s help.

Now, Waddell has been tasked with casting a broader net that will include collaboration with the University Advisement Center, University Career Services, Office of First Year Experience, student development classes and other campus entities to highlight the importance and availability of experiential learning.

Waddell is an alumnus of the history department, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.