Alexa Sand

Undergraduate Research

Associate Vice President

Alexa Sand

Contact Information

Phone:  (435) 797-8549


After earning her doctoral degree, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at the San Francisco Art Institute and at Sonoma State University, as well as joining a startup business-to-education venture,, where she was Managing Editor from 1999-2001. In 2004, she joined the faculty at Utah State University as Assistant Professor of Art History, and became one of the first faculty mentors for the Undergraduate Research Fellows program. In 2008-2009, she was awarded the prestigious ACLS Charles Ryskamp Fellowship, which allowed her to complete the research for her monograph, Vision, Devotion, and Self-Representation in Late Medieval Art (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In 2011, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and received tenure at USU; in 2017, she was promoted to the rank of Professor. Her work, focusing on the nexus of religion, gender, and visual culture in francophone Europe between 1200 and 1500, has appeared in such scholarly journals as The Art Bulletin, Yale French Studies, and Word and Image, and she has received fellowship and grant support from the Clark Art Institute, the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery, the Huntington Library, and the AAUW. In addition, she has served as a grant reviewer for the SSRC of Canada and the NEH, and as a peer reviewer for several major academic presses and journals.

Throughout her time at USU, she has earned numerous awards for her teaching and research, including Teacher of the Year – Arts Division in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the Caine College of the Arts, Researcher of the Year for the Caine College of the Arts, and “Top Prof” from the USU Mortarboard Society. A strong commitment to undergraduate research has characterized her work with students, ranging from mentoring numerous URCO grants and Honors theses to developing a research-in-the-arts celebration for the Caine College. She has served since 2009 as a Councilor for the Division of Arts and Humanities of the Council for Undergraduate Research, where she has been involved in assessment, advocacy, and best-practices initiatives. She has worked as a facilitator for CUR’s three-day-intensive workshops on developing undergraduate research in the arts and humanities and on institutionalizing undergraduate research, and she has also been invited to contribute to a number of institutional reviews.

As a result of her long engagement with undergraduate research at USU, Dr. Sand was invited to become the first Faculty Fellow in RGS in 2016. She returned to RGS in July 2018 as a member of the executive team, with primary responsibility for USU’s large and vibrant undergraduate research program. She continues her involvement with teaching and research as Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design. Outside of her professional life, she is an avid student of all forms of dance, enjoys skiing, sailing, and hiking, and reads voraciously. With her husband, Albert, she has two children who both ski faster than their parents.