Name: Dr. Amy Aldous Bergerson
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrad Institution & Major: Amherst College BA in Sociology
Graduate Institutions & Degrees: Stanford University, MA Educational Administration and Policy Analysis; University of Utah, PhD Educational Leadership & Policy
What are your research interests? College student success and persistence. I also look at access to college.
What do you wish your students knew about you? Working with students is my favorite part of my job.
What advice do you have for prospective ELP students? Look closely at our program to make sure it’s a match for you and your interests. Meet faculty before applying to know that there is someone here who can support your interests. Look at more than one place so you can make comparisons about what’s important to you.
What advice do you have for current ELP students? Learn to write well. Stay on top of your reading. Be prepared to engage in difficult conversations, and remember that growth only occurs when we are challenged. Find a faculty mentor early on. Respect that faculty have many facets to their work. Work hard, and have fun.
Favorite Food: I love food — it’s impossible to think of one favorite.
What do you love about Salt Lake City? The dry climate, four seasons, mountains, desert, and my family lives here.
What is something unique about you that you would like us to know? I collect wine. I don’t know if that’s unique, though…
Where would you go on a dream vacation if money/time did not enter into your thought process? Palau. For weeks.
Do you have any family, friends, or pets that are important to you here with you in Salt Lake? My whole family is here in SLC — parents, sister, partner, son, and two cats.