Julie Hartley-Moore, associate dean of the USU Tooele Regional Campus since June 2011, has traveled the country and beyond while pursuing a career in anthropology and higher education. Now, she’s made her home in Grantsville.
The former Sandy citizen attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and French in 1992. She then headed to Utah State University where she earned a master’s degree in folklore studies, an interdisciplinary field that combines English, history and anthropology. As part of her master’s program, Hartley-Moore prepared a cultural history of southeastern Colorado, centering on Marie Scott. Scott, a female rancher, was one of the largest landowners in Colorado owning at one time more than 100,000 acres. When she passed away in 1979, Scott had no relatives so she left her land to 14 different heirs.
“The splitting up of her land into 14 pieces changed the culture of the area,” Hartley-Moore said. “While Ralph Lauren bought part of the land for his ranch, others eventually developed their property.”
Hartley-Moore then headed to New York and Columbia University in 1995 where she spent three years working on a doctorate in anthropology. For her dissertation she studied a Swiss mountain community with an 800-year history that adapted to its alpine environment by building a robust economy that included local residents working in a ski resort community.
“The Swiss community I studied was able to build an economy that provided a future for their local youth and was able to give them careers in the community,” Hartley-Moore said. “That was in contrast with other communities that as they grew and adapted the local youth had to leave town to find employment.”
Hartley-Moore moved to Michigan in 1998 where her husband worked on a doctorate degree in history at Michigan State University while she completed her dissertation. While in Michigan, Hartley-Moore worked for the Michigan University Museum as a folk arts specialist and as a state ethnographer. She documented blues musicians, ethnic cooks of Michigan and the history of Motown.
Hartley-Moore then became the first full-time female anthropology faculty member at Brigham Young University in 2000. For eight years Hartley-Moore taught anthropology there. While at BYU, she traveled to Vietnam. Her travel there in 2006 was part of a program sponsored by the International Monetary Fund that sent a delegation of scholars to Vietnam to train government officials in the development of a sustainable economy.
“The government wanted to force farmers in hillside villages that had been farming to sustain themselves into joining the national economy,” Hartley-Moore said. “They proposed taxing the farmers as much as 100 percent of the value of their land if they didn’t join the cash economy. That high of a tax had farmers planning things like putting billboards on the roofs of buildings in their community to raise money to pay the tax. That would have destroyed the tourism industry which was important to the area.”
Hartley-Moore left BYU in 2008 to become the associate dean of communications and behavioral science at Elgin Community College in Chicago, Ill. Nine months later she was promoted to dean of college readiness. As dean of college readiness she was over the school’s remedial education program, helping students that weren’t prepared in high school for success in college. She also served as the interim dean of math and science.
Hartley-Moore’s husband landed a job teaching at Salt Lake Community College in 2010, so Hartley-Moore stayed in Illinois while looking for a job in Utah. While checking job listings at USU, she saw a job posted for an associate dean at USU Tooele.
“My work here is very similar to what I was doing at Elgin,” Hartley-Moore said.
As associate dean, Hartley-Moore is responsible for student success at USU. Hartley-Moore said one of the biggest obstacles to students at USU is math readiness.
“With a large number of students that have been out of the education system for some time, it is difficult for them to pick up math skills when they return to school,” she said.
USU Tooele uses a math placement test to place students in the right course that helps them review the math skills they need. Currently these remedial math courses are taught in the classroom, either in person or by broadcast. This fall Hartley-Moore said the school will experiment with a computer based math skills class.
Hartley-Moore also schedules classes for USU Tooele.
“When it comes to offering courses we are maxed out when it comes to classroom space,” she said. “Our facility is fully booked and we rent space at the Community Learning Center.”
Hartley-Moore is anxious for the completion of the Tooele Applied Technology Building where USU Tooele will have two classrooms. The school will also have two classroom spaces at the new Grantsville City library, Hartley-Moore said.
Hartley-Moore is also working to bring more social opportunities to students at USU Tooele as the campus adjusts to a growing population of first-time students entering right out of high school.
“We are working to bring the Latter-day Student Association to USU Tooele this fall and that will serve as the model to bring any student club currently at the Logan campus to Tooele,” Hartley-Moore said.
As a Grantsville resident since 2011, Hartley-Moore already has a few anthropological observations on life in Tooele County.
“The county has a rich agricultural heritage, but that is rapidly changing as new people move in and land is developed into other uses,” she said. “The county lost its last operating dairy farm a year ago.”
Hartley-Moore has also noticed a variety of ethnic food available locally including Thai food, Mexican restaurants and Greek cuisine.
“The pastrami burger is a Utah thing, it is local tradition,” Hartley-Moore said in describing the food of Apollo Burger. “The New York Times did a story on the pastrami burgers of Utah.”
Tourism has also been a topic Hartley-Moore has studied in many communities in and outside of the United States. Hartley-Moore said she has a few suggestions on how Tooele County can build its tourism industry.
“People travel for two reasons: landscape and events,” she said. “Events, like those that are already happening at places like Miller Motorsports Park, can be a big draw. USU is in the planning stages of creating a summer festival In May that would highlight local history and art.”
Hartley-Moore is assisting with the development of the 50-year master plan for USU Tooele that will map out the future for the school and its role in Tooele County.