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Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D.

Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D. : Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2838, KRH 146
Ana.Candelaria@du.edu

Dr. Candelaria received her PhD from the University of Denver. She began her career as a preschool teacher and coach of sports camps for young children. She worked at the Fisher Early Learning Center for four years before returning to graduate school to become a school psychologist. Dr. Candelaria worked in Denver Public Schools (DPS) for eight years as a school psychologist, primarily working in high needs schools. During her time in DPS, Dr. Candelaria focused her efforts on home-school partnerships and positive behavior interventions and supports. She coordinated the Parent-Teacher Home Visit program at her elementary school and also chaired the Positive Behavior Intervention Support team. She implemented a school-based mentoring program and introduced restorative justice interventions to her school as an alternative to traditional discipline measures. Dr. Candelaria also worked for the Volunteers in Partnership program at DU from 2005-2012, where she supervised undergraduate students and facilitated a seminar for first-year students. Her research interests include: Latino family involvement, cultural narratives, home-school partnerships, resiliency in children, and restorative justice approaches to school discipline. Dr. Candelaria enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, playing sports, and exploring nature.

Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.

Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2961, KRH 256
chazel@du.edu

Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels.  Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists.  Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting.  Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.

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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.

Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Child Family and School Psychology/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3340, KRH 254
Gloria.Miller@du.edu

Dr. Miller received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduation, she took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students for 11 years, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the undergraduate program director, and co-directed the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children. Dr. Miller’s publications include articles, chapters, and books on home and school prevention and intervention strategies to enhance early literacy, self-regulation and social emotional development. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and "playing" with her husband of over 35 years and her daughter.

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Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn, Ed.D.

Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn, Ed.D. : Morgridge Endowed Associate Professor in Literacy

Morgridge Endowed Associate Professor in Literacy

Child, Family, & School Psychology/ Curriculum Studies Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-3352, KRH 255
Sharolyn.Pollard-Durodola@du.edu

Dr. Pollard-Durodola received her EdD from the University of Houston.  She has 14 years of school-based experiences (school administrator, reading specialist and teacher) in high-poverty settings, and prior to joining the University of Denver, Dr. Pollard-Durodola served as Associate Professor of the Bilingual Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University.  Central to her scholarship is an interest in developing intervention curricula that build on validated instructional design principles, evaluating their impact on the language and reading development of struggling readers (Spanish/English), and investigating how to improve the teaching quality of language/literacy practices of teachers of young English Language Learners (ELLs) and non-ELLs who are at risk for reading difficulties.  Dr. Pollard-Durodola enjoys photography and visiting lighthouses.

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Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326
Karen.Riley@du.edu

Dr. Riley received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She worked as a special education preschool teacher and administrator for many years. Dr. Riley currently works with several organizations that serve children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  Her research interests are early childhood intervention and assessment, neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically Fragile X Syndrome and XXYY Disorder), and effective identification and intervention for children and families with other low incidence disabilities. Dr. Riley is married and has two teen-aged children. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and reading.

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Counseling Psychology

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D.

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2556, KRH 260
Chu-Lien.Chao@du.edu

Dr. Chao received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and received the American Psychological Fund Award (2007), the American Psychological Association Grant Award (2007), PROF (2010), and other grants. She publishes in Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Journal of Counseling and Development. Dr. Chao’s primary research interests include multicultural counseling, counselor’s cultural competencies, issues of cultural diversity, racism and mental health, and social justice. She enjoys doing yoga, hiking, traveling, listening to musicals, and eating a wide variety of foods.

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Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.

Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Higher Education/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 355
William.Cross@du.edu

Dr. Cross received his PhD from Princeton University.  He holds professor emeritus status from another university but remains active, and he is President-Elect for Div. 45 (APA).  Dr. Cross’ recent publications interrogate the structure of the self-concept; the range of identity profiles found among African American adults; cultural epiphanies; the identity implications of cultural miseducation and false consciousness; and the multiple ways racial identity is enacted in everyday life.  He is a dedicated audiophile and is never far from music.

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Faragher, Mike, Psy.D.

Faragher, Mike, Psy.D. : Director, Addictions Specialization

Director, Addictions Specialization

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-2636, KRH 147
Mike.Faragher@du.edu

Dr. Faragher received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center and organizes the Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (CACII) elective coursework track in the Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Faragher is certified as a Level II National Gambling Counselor, as a Board Approved Clinical Consultant by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as Level III Senior Addiction Counselor by Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.  His areas of research include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, problem gambling, and addictive behaviors.  Dr. Faragher enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.

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Garriott, Patton, Ph.D.

Garriott, Patton, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-6758, KRH 253
Pat.Garriott@du.edu

Dr. Garriott received his PhD from the University of Missouri.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, and his work has been recognized by Division 17 of the American Psychological Association and the National Career Development Association.  Dr. Garriott’s primary areas of research include the academic and career development of students underrepresented in higher education, multicultural issues in vocational psychology, as well as race and racism.  He is an avid distance runner and enjoys biking, cooking, and spending time with his wife Amber and dog Parker.

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McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D.

McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2475, KRH 261
Cynthia.McRae@du.edu

Dr. McRae received her PhD from the University of Iowa.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and became a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology in 2013. Dr. McRae is also a member of the Movement Disorder Society and is the only non-MD to be chosen as an Investigator in the Parkinson Study Group.  Her areas of research include psychosocial adjustment of persons with Parkinson's disease, caregiver issues, quality of life in chronic illness, the placebo effect, and the effects of "Dance for PD" on daily lives.  Aside from work, Dr. McRae enjoys spending time with her family and performing music.

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Olson-Garriott, Amber, Ph.D.

Olson-Garriott, Amber, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-3784, KRH 262
Amber.Olson@du.edu

Dr. Olson-Garriott received her PhD from the University of Denver and is a licensed psychologist.  Her research interests include grief experiences of bereaved individuals, issues related to social class, academic development of first generation college students, and multicultural psychology.  Dr. Olson-Garriott enjoys cooking, baking, riding her bike, exercising, and spending time with her friends, family and dog, Parker.

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Owen, Jesse

Owen, Jesse : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology

Pusavat, Andi, PhD

Pusavat, Andi, PhD : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Assistant Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Assistant Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-3230, KRH 145
andi.pusavat@du.edu

Dr. Pusavat received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She was formerly with the Iliff Counseling Center where she served as the Director for six years. Other career highlights include President of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice for two years; founding member of the Colorado Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity; and presenter at the American Psychological Association and National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan.  Dr. Pusavat’s research interests include multicultural counseling, social justice, trauma, interpersonal partner violence, and training and supervision.

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Raque-Bogdan, Trisha

Raque-Bogdan, Trisha : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psycology

Trisha.Raque-Bogdan@du.edu

Riva, Maria, PhD

Riva, Maria, PhD : Professor and Department Chair

Professor and Department Chair

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2484, KRH 257
Maria.Riva@du.edu

Dr. Riva received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a past President of the APA Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, and on the editorial board of Group Dynamics; and Teaching and Education in Professional Psychology (TEPP). Dr. Riva is a past President of the Association of Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and a Fellow of ASGW. She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (2004, 2014), and many other articles on group psychotherapy. Her research interests include group leadership and group supervision.  Dr. Riva is passionate about group counseling and psychotherapy, diversity considerations in groups, and training and supervision in counseling psychology.

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Satir, Dana Ph.D.

Satir, Dana Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology

dana.satir@du.edu

Dr. Satir received her PhD in Psychology from Boston University. She was awarded funding from the American Psychoanalytic Association and Childrens Hospital Colorado to research novel approaches for treating patients with anorexia nervosa. She has published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy, and Psychiatric Services. Dr. Satir's clinical and research interests include the therapeutic alliance and clinician countertransference in the treatment of patients with eating and personality disorders, and affect regulation and identity development in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Satir is also active with case report writing.  She enjoys practicing yoga, going to the movies, watching college sports, and shopping at farmers markets.

Tomlin, Vicki, Ph.D.

Tomlin, Vicki, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor, Licensed School Psychologist and Counselor

Clinical Assistant Professor, Licensed School Psychologist and Counselor

Counseling Psychology
303 871-3784, KRH 262
Vicki.Tomlin@du.edu

Dr. Tomlin received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She served as a school psychologist for K-12 youth for over 25 years and monitored academic initiatives within thirteen states as a Senior Monitor to American Institutes for Research/U.S. Department of Education, and was the grant coordinator for the Refugee School Impact Grant. Having served on CSAP's Project Youth Connect Steering Committee to develop cross-site instrumentation for assessing positive youth development for fifteen study sites comprised of  African American, Latino, Navajo, Yankton Sioux, and Asian / Pacific Island target populations, Dr. Tomlin also led CDC's empowerment evaluation processes to enhance the effectiveness of statewide prevention programs in under-represented Colorado communities.  Her research interests include diverse issues within psychology, advocacy models for Black males in urban schools, cultural adjustment of refugee youth, ethics, and evaluation-capacity building in historically marginalized communities.

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Curriculum Studies and Teaching

Blackman, Terrance, Ph.D.

Blackman, Terrance, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2149, KRH 335
Terrence.Blackman@du.edu

Dr. Blackman received his PhD from The Graduate School of City University of New York.  He is a Number Theorist and a Mathematics Educator. He works on aspects of the Jacquet-Langlands correspondence in the Langlands program and on increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in mathematics and science from grade school to graduate school and beyond.  His research interests include strategies which enhance the mathematical preparedness of underrepresented students for college level mathematics and those which support access, for underrepresented students, to meaningful undergraduate mathematics, strategies which foster retention and persistence in mathematics for all students but particularly for those from underrepresented communities, and the use of number theory in the teaching and learning of mathematics and in mathematics education research.  Dr. Blackman is an avid Table Tennis player.

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Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and  Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy / Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3983, KRH 154
Douglas.Clements@du.edu

Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D. : Director, Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education,  and Clinical Professor

Director, Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education, and Clinical Professor

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2527, KRH 359
nhafenst@du.edu

Dr. Hafenstein received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education.  Dr. Hafenstein also serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.  Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, and individualized educational planning.  Dr. Hafenstein loves music, is a classically trained pianist, currently performs in a women’s choir, is an avid reader, and is interested in art from Impressionist Era to Southwest works.

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Hartnett-Edwards, Kimberly, Ph.D.

Hartnett-Edwards, Kimberly, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2720, KRH 347
Kimberly.Hartnett-edwards@du.edu

Dr. Hartnett-Edwards received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University.  She previously held a faculty-directorship at California State University, San Bernardino in the Reading Language Arts Graduate Program. Dr. Hartnett-Edwards’ current research includes work with oral and written language acquisition models, and teacher development and support.  She enjoys knitting, skiing, tennis, and sailing the west coast of Mexico in Tsunamita, her 36' Hunter sailboat.

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Kawafune, Mayumi

Kawafune, Mayumi : Teacher Education Coordinator

Teacher Education Coordinator

Academic Services/ Curriculum Studies & Teaching
303-871-2314, KRH 351
Mayumi.Kawafune@du.edu

MA from the University of Denver, BA from the University of Colorado at Denver

Primary Responsibilities: This position serves as the Coordinator of Morgridge College of Education (MCE) teacher education programs. The Coordinator assists in the implementation of the Denver Teacher Residency (DTR), a partnership between MCE and Denver Public Schools (DPS), and assists in administration of the MCE Teacher Education Program. The Coordinator plays a role in the facilitation, implementation, on-going administration, and data compilation for the evaluation of the DTR and is the collaborator between MCE, DPS, and community partner personnel.  This position is also the point person, knowing of and suggesting how best the program can follow DU processes and procedures.

Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D.

Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education and Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2255, KRH 337
richard.kitchen@du.edu

Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather.  Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.

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Lear, Janet, M.A.

Lear, Janet, M.A. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2474, KRH 352
Janet.Lear@du.edu

Ms. Lear received her MA from the University of California-Berkeley.  She worked for fourteen years in teacher preparation at the University of New Mexico. She has been a reading specialist, ESL/bilingual resource coordinator, and middle school teacher. On the national level, Ms. Lear was a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  She has been honored with the Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award from the University of New Mexico and the Leadership in Literacy Award from the International Dyslexia Association.  Her research interests include teacher effectiveness, effective preK-12 reading instruction, dyslexia, improvement of school quality, and the impact of educational policy on public education.  Ms. Lear enjoys walking her dogs, knitting, and reading.

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Lerner, Jessica, Ed.S.

Lerner, Jessica, Ed.S. : Lecturer & Field Coordinator

Lecturer & Field Coordinator

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2517, KRH 336
Jessica.Lerner@du.edu

Ms. Learner holds an EdS from the University of Colorado-Denver.  She formerly worked with Denver Public Schools as a literacy coach and with The New Teacher Project as a teacher evaluator. Her professional interests include improving teacher effectiveness through pre-service preparation, coaching, and mentoring.  Outside of work, Ms. Lerner loves exploring Denver with her husband and two small children.

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Michalec, Paul, Ph.D.

Michalec, Paul, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Clinical Professor

Program Coordinator and Clinical Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-7952, KRH 343
pmichale@du.edu

Dr. Michalec received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He is the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College, serves on editorial boards for the newsletter EnCouragement and the journal Democracy and Education, leads professional development for religious communities, and is a founding member of Colorado Courage and Renewal.  His research interests include teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, and teacher renewal/formation.  Dr. Michalec enjoys biking, baking, drawing, nature study, pursuing a MA in Theological Studies, and reading in the areas of theology, poetry, philosophy, identity, and educational-spiritual reform.

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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.

Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Child Family and School Psychology/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3340, KRH 254
Gloria.Miller@du.edu

Dr. Miller received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduation, she took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students for 11 years, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the undergraduate program director, and co-directed the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children. Dr. Miller’s publications include articles, chapters, and books on home and school prevention and intervention strategies to enhance early literacy, self-regulation and social emotional development. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and "playing" with her husband of over 35 years and her daughter.

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Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn, Ed.D.

Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn, Ed.D. : Morgridge Endowed Associate Professor in Literacy

Morgridge Endowed Associate Professor in Literacy

Child, Family, & School Psychology/ Curriculum Studies Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-3352, KRH 255
Sharolyn.Pollard-Durodola@du.edu

Dr. Pollard-Durodola received her EdD from the University of Houston.  She has 14 years of school-based experiences (school administrator, reading specialist and teacher) in high-poverty settings, and prior to joining the University of Denver, Dr. Pollard-Durodola served as Associate Professor of the Bilingual Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University.  Central to her scholarship is an interest in developing intervention curricula that build on validated instructional design principles, evaluating their impact on the language and reading development of struggling readers (Spanish/English), and investigating how to improve the teaching quality of language/literacy practices of teachers of young English Language Learners (ELLs) and non-ELLs who are at risk for reading difficulties.  Dr. Pollard-Durodola enjoys photography and visiting lighthouses.

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Russell, Nicole, Ph.D.

Russell, Nicole, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2487, KRH 349
Nicole.M.Russell@du.edu

Dr. Russell received her PhD from the University of Washington.  She has over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience in urban schools.  Dr. Russell previously held a mathematics instructional coach position at TAF Academy, a STEM and college readiness school in Seattle. Her research interests include examining the role of race and culture in mathematics teaching and learning specifically for African American students, working with pre-service and in-service teachers to operationalize components of culturally responsive mathematics teaching into explicit instructional practices, and the history of mathematics education of African Americans (1860s to 20th century).  Dr. Russell enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting spa treatments.

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Salazar, Maria del Carmen, Ph.D.

Salazar, Maria del Carmen, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Program, and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Program, and Associate Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3772, KRH 348
msalazar@du.edu

Dr. Salazar received a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served for three years on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission to design a teacher identifier system for the state of Colorado. Dr. Salazar has served for four years on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a national collaborative to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for teacher licensure, assessment and development.  Her research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation for diverse learners through empirical research and promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development.

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Sarama, Julie, PhD

Sarama, Julie, PhD : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2895, KRH 152
Julie.Sarama@du.edu

Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category "Math").  Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers.  Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies

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Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2483, KRH 344
buhrmach@du.edu

Dr. Uhrmacher received his PhD from Stanford University.  He served as President of the American Association For Teaching and Curriculum and was honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Uhrmacher serves as the faculty advisor for the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado (AEIC) and as a Co-Editor of the journal Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue.  His research interests include alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education, issues in qualitative research, and arts-based research.  Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He recently started playing drums, and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Charles, Sheri, Ed.D.

Charles, Sheri, Ed.D. : Lecturer

Lecturer

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-3365, KRH 361
Sheri.Charles@du.edu

Dr. Charles received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Florida State University. She began her teaching career in Florida before moving to Colorado in 1997. Dr. Charles has worked in both Florida and Colorado where she has served as a Principal, Director of Human Resources, Director of Early Childhood Education and Director of Schools. Her research interests include educational school reform, organizational leadership and policy initiatives. Dr. Charles enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.  She and her husband have 3 children.

Hesbol, Kristina, Ph.D.

Hesbol, Kristina, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2479, KRH 360
Kristina.Hesbol@du.edu

Dr. Hesbol received her PhD from Loyola University-Chicago.  In her forty-year career in education, she has taught preK-high school students in public schools, as well as graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at Illinois State University.   Dr. Hesbol served as building principal in several culturally and linguistically diverse school districts, as the Coordinator of Literacy and School Improvement in a linguistically and culturally diverse suburban Chicago school district, as an assistant superintendent for human resources for a large unit school district, and has consulted nationally in literacy leadership. As a professor at UIUC, she was named one of twelve Stafford Fellows for the National Institute for Leadership on Disability and Students Placed At-Risk (NILDSPAR).  Dr. Hesbol’s research interests include transformative leadership, learning organizations, and equity.   In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, traveling back roads, and antiquing.

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Kipp, Patricia, M.A.

Kipp, Patricia, M.A. : Lecturer

Lecturer

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
303-871-7517, KRH 361
Patricia.Kipp@du.edu

Ms. Kipp received her MA from the University of Colorado-Denver.  She served as a mentor principal for the DPS Ritchie Program during the 2003-04 school year and became an adjunct instructor in 2006. Since 2007, she has served as the lead instructor for the Adams County Ritchie Program. Ms. Kipp came to the University of Denver from a 31-year career in the Denver Public Schools as a teacher, Program Director, Chapter I instructor, Administrative Assistant, and Principal.   She enjoys traveling and sports.

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Korach, Susan, Ed.D.

Korach, Susan, Ed.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2212, KRH 356
skorach@du.edu

Dr. Korach received her EdD from the University of Houston.  She co-created the Ritchie Program for School Leaders in partnership with Denver Public Schools.  Dr. Korach is an active participant with the Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership, University Council of Educational Administration, and the National Center for the Evaluation of Educational Leadership Preparation and Practice.  Her research focus is on leadership preparation, learning transfer, university/district partnerships, and institutional change. She enjoys golf, tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

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McClure, Rebecca, M.A.

McClure, Rebecca, M.A. : Lecturer

Lecturer

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-6531, KRH 362
Rebecca.McClure24@du.edu

Ms. McClure received her MA from the University of Northern Colorado.  She retired from the Boulder Valley School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 2011, where she served for six years. Prior to that time, she was the Executive Director of Human Resources, Student Services and Achievement with Brighton School District 27J for 26 years.  She is an active member of the Colorado Association of School Executives and conducts training in supervision and evaluation, human resources, and leadership topics.

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Miller-Brown, Ellen, Ph.D.

Miller-Brown, Ellen, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2295, KRH 338
ellen.miller-brown@du.edu

Dr. Miller-Brown received her PhD from the University of New Mexico.  She has spent 37 years in education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of professional development, director of middle schools, and chief academic officer in public schools.  Dr. Miller-Brown’s expertise lies in the areas of school improvement, equitable achievement, adult and student learning, and developing positive, collaborative cultures. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends hiking, running, swimming, reading, and gardening.

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Higher Education

Agans, Lyndsay, Ph.D.

Agans, Lyndsay, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3619
Lyndsay.Agans@du.edu

Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.

Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Higher Education/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 355
William.Cross@du.edu

Dr. Cross received his PhD from Princeton University.  He holds professor emeritus status from another university but remains active, and he is President-Elect for Div. 45 (APA).  Dr. Cross’ recent publications interrogate the structure of the self-concept; the range of identity profiles found among African American adults; cultural epiphanies; the identity implications of cultural miseducation and false consciousness; and the multiple ways racial identity is enacted in everyday life.  He is a dedicated audiophile and is never far from music.

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Gangone, Lynn M, Ed.D.

Gangone, Lynn M, Ed.D. : Dean, Women’s College and Associate Clinical Professor

Dean, Women’s College and Associate Clinical Professor

Higher Education

lynn.gangone@du.edu

Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D.

Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-4573, KRH 353
Ryan.Gildersleeve@du.edu

Dr. Gilversleeve received his PhD from the University of California-Los Angeles.  He was a 2012 National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Gildersleeve received the 2011 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association's Division D – Research Methodology. His practical experience ranges across P-20 education in primarily out-of-classroom learning contexts with non-dominant youth.  Dr. Gilversleeve’s research agenda investigates the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities, focusing on college access and success for Latina/o (im)migrant families, critical higher education policy, and critical qualitative inquiry.

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Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D.

Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3753, KRH 363
Judy.Kiyama@du.edu

Dr. Kiyama received her PhD from the University of Arizona.  Her most recent project was with the Ibero-American Action League in Rochester, NY examining the state of Latina/o education in the Rochester City School District.  Dr. Kiyama’s research examines college access and success for under-represented students. She focuses on the role that families and communities play in developing college-going cultures for Latina/o youth. Her community-based approach to research engages asset-based frameworks to understand collective knowledge and resources present in communities.  Dr. Kiyama enjoys losing herself in a good book, especially historical fiction, yoga, and getting outside to hike, explore the city, or playing outdoors with her family.

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Museus, Samuel D, Ph.D.

Museus, Samuel D, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3619, KRH 357
Sam.Museus@du.edu

Dr. Museus received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University.  He conducts research on the racial, cultural and structural factors that affect the experiences and outcomes of diverse populations. His current scholarship focuses on how campus environments influence diverse students’ success in college. He has received several national awards for the impact of his research, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career Award and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Outstanding Contribution to Research and Literature. He has also served on several editorial boards and in multiple national leadership positions in the field, including as Fellow of the national Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC).

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Tuitt, Franklin A, Ed.D.

Tuitt, Franklin A, Ed.D. : Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor

Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-2591, Center for Multicultural Excellence
ftuitt@du.edu

Dr. Tuitt received his EdD from Harvard University.  He is the Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education. Dr. Tuitt’s research explores topics related to access and equity in higher education; teaching and learning in racially diverse college classrooms; and diversity and organizational transformation. His scholarship critically examines issues of race, Inclusive Excellence and diversity in and outside the classroom from the purview of faculty and students.

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Library and Information Science

Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D.

Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Science
303-871-6072, KRH 244
Shimelis.Assefa@du.edu

Dr. Assefa received his PhD from the University of North Texas.  He is active at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and Association of Library & Information Science Education (ALISE). Dr. Assefa served and continues to serve as co-chair at the SIG International Issues in Information (SIG III of ASIS&T) and Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award of ALISE.  His research activities are anchored around two fundamental notions in the field of library and information science: (1) the nexus between human cognitive agent and the bibliographic universe, and (2) the interaction between work systems and technology systems.  Dr. Assefa enjoys biking, sightseeing, swimming, and spending time with family.

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Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D.

Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-6163, KRH 248
Krystyna.Matusiak@du.edu

Dr. Matusiak received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to the Morgridge College of Education, she worked as academic librarian for 12 years in public services and digitization.  She was the Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she planned and designed over 20 distinct digital collections. Dr. Matusiak also served as a digitization consultant for projects funded by the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and assisted digital library projects at the Press Institute of Mongolia in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem. Dr. Matusiak has strong interests in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Her research interests include digital library development and evaluation, indexing and retrieval of digital images, usability, and information seeking behavior.

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Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D.

Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
KRH 249
heather.m.ryan@du.edu

Dr. Heather M. Ryan received her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D.

Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3587, KRH 247
Clara.Sitter@du.edu

Dr. Sitter received her PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served as president of the Alaska Library Association and currently serves as a member of the American Library Association Council.   Dr. Sitter is on the editorial board of Knowledge Quest and the publications committee for the American Association of School Librarians.  Her research interests include special collections, database instruction, user needs, and library history.  Dr. Sitter enjoys live theater, competitive duplicate bridge, and she is a Life Master.

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Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D.

Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3217, KRH 246
Mary.Stansbury@du.edu

Dr. Stansbury received her PhD from Texas Women’s University.  She is the principal investigator of "Early Childhood Librarianship: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential MLIS" funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Co-principal investigator of WebWise 2010 and 2011, funded through IMLS.  Dr. Stansbury is co-chair of Colorado Library Development Council and served as co-chair of the Association of Library & Information Science Educators 2011 Conference.  Her research interests include information policy, digital divide, health information seeking behaviors, and LIS education.  Dr. Stansbury enjoys reading, art museums, and being with her family.

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Research Methods and Statistics

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Professor

Program Coordinator and Professor

Research Methods & Statistics Program
303-871-12477, KRH 252
Nicholas.Cutforth@du.edu

Dr. Cutforth received his PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has been conducting research with schools and community-based organizations for over 15 years. His research and teaching interests include school health and physical activity environments, qualitative research, physical activity and youth development, university/community partnerships, and community-based research.  His current research involves school-based intervention studies related to physical activity and healthy eating among K-12 students in the San Luis Valley in rural Colorado. His hobbies are running, biking, and swimming.

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Green, Kathy, Ph.D.

Green, Kathy, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2490, KRH 233
Kathy.Green@du.edu

Dr. Green received her PhD from the University of Washington-Seattle.  She was named University of Denver United Methodist Teacher/Researcher of the Year in 1999 and honored with a Fulbright Scholarship to the Slovak Republic in 2002.  Dr. Green’s research interests are in applied measurement, specifically applications of the Rasch model, survey research, and teaching statistics.  She enjoys hiking and reading mysteries.

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Olmos-Gallo, Antonio, Ph.D.

Olmos-Gallo, Antonio, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-6681, KRH 231
Pablo.Olmos-Gallo@du.edu

Dr. Olmos received his PhD from the University of Denver.  He was the Director of Evaluation and Research at a Community Mental Health Center (MHCD), and currently he is President-elect of the Colorado Evaluation Network (COEN), and the local arrangements CHAIR for the American Evaluation Association 2014 conference in Denver.  Dr. Olmos’ research interests include using advanced research methods in program evaluation, program evaluation theory, and outcomes systems.

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Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.

Zhang, Duan, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Fisher Early Learning Center/ Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-13373, KRH 232
duan.zhang@du.edu

Dr. Zhang received her PhD from Texas A&M.  With her extensive experiences in both applied statistics and child development, Dr. Zhang has been actively involved in research studies funded at different levels in early development and children’s psychological well-beings. Being a big fan of adopting instructional technology in statistics education, Dr. Zhang has been working closely with DU’s Office of Teaching and Learning, and other statistics faculty across the campus.  Her research interests are focused on two areas: first methodological area in multilevel modeling using Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling, and second substantive area in parenting practice and school readiness in early childhood.  Dr. Zhang enjoys cooking for family and friends, Alpine skiing, and hiking in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.

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Academic Services

Heckart, Nick

Heckart, Nick : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services
303-871-2747, KRH 251
Nick.Heckart@du.edu

MA Higher Education, University of Denver; BA, University of Iowa, Art Education.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services. Nick also assists with alumni services for the College and serves on the MCE Alumni Board.

 

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Kawafune, Mayumi

Kawafune, Mayumi : Teacher Education Coordinator

Teacher Education Coordinator

Academic Services/ Curriculum Studies & Teaching
303-871-2314, KRH 351
Mayumi.Kawafune@du.edu

MA from the University of Denver, BA from the University of Colorado at Denver

Primary Responsibilities: This position serves as the Coordinator of Morgridge College of Education (MCE) teacher education programs. The Coordinator assists in the implementation of the Denver Teacher Residency (DTR), a partnership between MCE and Denver Public Schools (DPS), and assists in administration of the MCE Teacher Education Program. The Coordinator plays a role in the facilitation, implementation, on-going administration, and data compilation for the evaluation of the DTR and is the collaborator between MCE, DPS, and community partner personnel.  This position is also the point person, knowing of and suggesting how best the program can follow DU processes and procedures.

McPherson, Nora

McPherson, Nora : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services
303-871-2473, KRH 258
Nora.McPherson@du.edu

MLIS, University of Denver; BA, Fort Lewis College.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services.

 

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Millies, Anna

Millies, Anna : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services/ Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2494
Anna.Millies@du.edu

BA in Mathematics, University of Denver.

Primary responsibilities: supporting the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, ensuring faculty are assisted as needed and that students are supported from orientation through graduation, providing organization and financial support for grants for the Kennedy Institute.

Paul-Masaoka, Karen

Paul-Masaoka, Karen : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services
303-871-7013, KRH 358
Karen.paul-Masaoka@du.edu

Admissions

Blizzard, Sarah

Blizzard, Sarah : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Admissions
303-871-2503, KRH 113
Sarah.Blizzard@du.edu

MA Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BA Communication Studies with Music Minor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Primary responsibilities: serving as a part of the admissions team to create the most memorable graduate admissions experience possible by identifying and counseling prospective students through the application and admission process. Specifically, Sarah works with prospective students interested in applying for degrees in Counseling Psychology; Child, Family, and School Psychology, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

 

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Coccia, Kristina

Coccia, Kristina : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Admissions
303-871-2508, KRH 112
Kristina.Coccia@du.edu

Admissions Counselor (Kristina.coccia@du.edu). MA Higher Education, University of Denver; BA Psychology, University of Denver.

Primary responsibilities: serving as the lead recruiter for five different educational programs; Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Special Education, Teacher Preparation Programs, Research Methods and Statistics, and Library and Information Science.  Assist with student recruitment, informational student meetings, interview days, communication to faculty and staff, and day to day admissions work.

Dye, Jodi

Dye, Jodi : Director of Admissions

Director of Admissions

Admissions
303-871-2510, KRH 117
Jodi.Dye@du.edu

MA, Higher Education, University of Denver; BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Northern Colorado.

Primary responsibilities: managing the day to day operations of the Morgridge Office of Admissions, partnering with the admissions staff to guide the recruitment, application, admission and matriculation for the Morgridge academic programs.

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions :


KRH 303-871-2509
edinfo@du.edu

1999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO. 80208

Alumni, Career, and Community Services

Budget and Planning

Fish, Wendy, MBA

Fish, Wendy, MBA : Director of Budget and Planning

Director of Budget and Planning

Budget and Planning Office
303-871-7402, KRH 314
Wendy.Fish@du.edu

MBA Finance, University of Colorado; BA, University of Colorado; Economics & English Literature.

Primary responsibilities: Assists the Dean, Department Chairs, and School Directors (Fisher Early Learning and Rick’s Center) in managing business operations.  Oversees all processing of the division’s financial transactions.  Develops fiscal budgets, annual forecasts, and long-term strategic planning models for the college.  Monitors compliance of divisional resources, and facilitates efforts to ensure financial sustainability and growth.

Kim, Alana

Kim, Alana : Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Office of Budget & Planning/ Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4012, KRH 313
Alana.Kim@du.edu

LeVelle, Karen

LeVelle, Karen : Payroll and Accounting Assistant

Payroll and Accounting Assistant

Budget and Planning Office
303-871-3791, KRH 311
Karen.Levelle@du.edu

Primary Responsibilities: Ensures that Morgridge College of Education personnel are paid accurately and in a timely manner, maintains personnel files, process HR paperwork for current MCE employees, provides support in all Morgridge College of Education accounting and fiscal management, support for the Director of Budget and Planning and work with PIs on current and new grants.

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Deans Office

Benson, Janette

Benson, Janette : Associate Dean

Associate Dean

Dean's Office
KRH 322
Janette.Benson@du.edu

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326
Karen.Riley@du.edu

Dr. Riley received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She worked as a special education preschool teacher and administrator for many years. Dr. Riley currently works with several organizations that serve children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  Her research interests are early childhood intervention and assessment, neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically Fragile X Syndrome and XXYY Disorder), and effective identification and intervention for children and families with other low incidence disabilities. Dr. Riley is married and has two teen-aged children. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and reading.

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Trueblood, Tamera

Trueblood, Tamera : Executive Assistant to the Dean

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Dean's Office
303-871-3665, KRH 325
Tamera.Trueblood@du.edu

Primary responsibilities: manages the Office of the MCE Dean, including the calendar, correspondence, communications, and special projects for the Dean; organizes and records College of the Whole meetings, college retreats, administrative meetings, and special events; manages Dean's office budgets, supports fundraising, policy and procedure compliance, and other duties as assigned.  Provides Notary Public services for the MCE.

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Financial Aid

Banman, James

Banman, James : Finance Assistant

Finance Assistant

Financial Aid
KRH 307 303-871-6291

Primary Responsibilities: The current student contact for financial aid needs and questions.

Goddard, Stacey

Goddard, Stacey : Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid
303-871-4265, KRH 312
Stacey.Goddard@DU.edu

Primary Responsibilities: Develops, administers and coordinates student financial aid programs to help ensure that MCE recruitment and retention goals are met.  Oversees and coordinates leveraging  of institutional financial aid including endowment, gift and grant funded scholarship programs to facilitate recruitment and retention and ensure alignment with the College’s annual financial goals.  Manages budgets and forecasts for graduate net revenue.

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions :


KRH 303-871-2509
edinfo@du.edu

1999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO. 80208

Grants

Institutional Effectiveness

Escarcida, G. Zach, MA

Escarcida, G. Zach, MA : Institutional Effectiveness Research Analyst

Institutional Effectiveness Research Analyst

Institutional Effectiveness
303-871-4867, KRH 316
Zach.Escarcida@du.edu

MA Sociology, University of Colorado at Denver; BA Sociology & Psychology, University of New Mexico.

Primary responsibilities: Support the dean's team and faculty with data for sound decision making, particularly in the areas of strategic usage of merit based financial aid and to help lead enrollment management and controlled College growth. Responsible for ensuring data integrity and developing datasets internally, as well as with other campus stakeholders, for use in reporting and analysis of student and faculty data. Other responsibilities include serving as the liaison for campus-wide business intelligence efforts with Office of Institutional Research and Analysis and University Technical Services, with Graduate Studies and the University Registrar to ensure accurate reporting related to College of Education curriculum, and with Institutional Research and Analysis on relevant outside reporting and accreditation data needs (e.g. ALA, APA, State of CO, US News and World Report Rankings).

Operations & Technology

Davies, Joshua

Davies, Joshua : Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Operations & Technology
303-871-6116, KRH 212
Joshua.Davies@du.edu

MLIS in Library an Information Sciences, University of Denver; BA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder.

Primary Responsibilities: Oversee Morgridge College of Education's website, acting as the point of contact and coordinating final website language with appropriate individuals, ensuring that website language is vetted before posting.  Provide strategic recommendations to keep the website viable and user friendly while also maintaining MCE marketing strategies.  Subject matter expert in website building and maintenance.  Responsible for researching and managing all installed instructional technologies for the College of Education, working closely with faculty, staff, Library Technology Services, Center for Teaching and Learning and University Technology Services on a wide array of state-of-the-art learning technologies and digital content for learning.  Trains faculty on the use of instructional classroom technologies and assists faculty and students in the use of all equipment.  Responsible for ongoing evaluation of digital instructional equipment needs and functional specifications. Assists the in coordination of  audio visual details for events. Provides desktop technology support for MCE faculty and staff. Tracks audiovisual equipment and laptop computers. Manages equipment inventory. Coordinates software licenses and upgrades as needed. Maintains  the student computer lab and computer classrooms. Works with University Technology Services on various tasks that require coordination of technology resources.

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McGinty, Julie

McGinty, Julie : Classroom Technology Specialist

Classroom Technology Specialist

Operations & Technology
303-871-2325/3222, KRH 212
Julie.McGinty@du.edu

AS in Music and Video Business, Colorado Institute of Art; Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Infocomm; Licensed Low Voltage Electrician in the states of CO, WY, UT, ICC.

Primary responsibilities: researching and managing all installed instructional technologies for the Morgridge College of Education; providing audio-visual-technical support to professors, staff, students, and outside personnel; training faculty on the use of instructional classroom technologies; and assisting faculty and students in the use of all equipment. Responsible for ongoing evaluation of digital instructional equipment needs and functional specifications.

McLane, Abigail

McLane, Abigail : Director of Operations

Director of Operations

Operations & Technology
303-871-3108, KRH 312
Abigail.McLane@du.edu

Director of Operations (Abigail.mclane@du.edu) MPA, University of Montana; BS, Health and Human Performance, University of Montana.

Primary responsibilities: oversees facilities and technology operations for Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall including event scheduling within the building; is the Human Resources administrator overseeing HR functions for MCE; and coordinates the review and approval of all MOUs and contracts for MCE.

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic

Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D.

Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D. : Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2838, KRH 146
Ana.Candelaria@du.edu

Dr. Candelaria received her PhD from the University of Denver. She began her career as a preschool teacher and coach of sports camps for young children. She worked at the Fisher Early Learning Center for four years before returning to graduate school to become a school psychologist. Dr. Candelaria worked in Denver Public Schools (DPS) for eight years as a school psychologist, primarily working in high needs schools. During her time in DPS, Dr. Candelaria focused her efforts on home-school partnerships and positive behavior interventions and supports. She coordinated the Parent-Teacher Home Visit program at her elementary school and also chaired the Positive Behavior Intervention Support team. She implemented a school-based mentoring program and introduced restorative justice interventions to her school as an alternative to traditional discipline measures. Dr. Candelaria also worked for the Volunteers in Partnership program at DU from 2005-2012, where she supervised undergraduate students and facilitated a seminar for first-year students. Her research interests include: Latino family involvement, cultural narratives, home-school partnerships, resiliency in children, and restorative justice approaches to school discipline. Dr. Candelaria enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, playing sports, and exploring nature.

Faragher, Mike, Psy.D.

Faragher, Mike, Psy.D. : Director, Addictions Specialization

Director, Addictions Specialization

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-2636, KRH 147
Mike.Faragher@du.edu

Dr. Faragher received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center and organizes the Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (CACII) elective coursework track in the Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Faragher is certified as a Level II National Gambling Counselor, as a Board Approved Clinical Consultant by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as Level III Senior Addiction Counselor by Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.  His areas of research include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, problem gambling, and addictive behaviors.  Dr. Faragher enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.

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Pusavat, Andi, PhD

Pusavat, Andi, PhD : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Assistant Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Assistant Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-3230, KRH 145
andi.pusavat@du.edu

Dr. Pusavat received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She was formerly with the Iliff Counseling Center where she served as the Director for six years. Other career highlights include President of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice for two years; founding member of the Colorado Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity; and presenter at the American Psychological Association and National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan.  Dr. Pusavat’s research interests include multicultural counseling, social justice, trauma, interpersonal partner violence, and training and supervision.

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Fisher Early Learning Center

Hyder, Kim

Hyder, Kim : Office Manager

Office Manager

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4366
Kimberly.Hyder@du.edu

University of Wisconsin.

Primary responsibilities: Assists currently enrolled families with yearly enrollment requirements, classroom transition and any other needs families may have; conducts monthly tours of Fisher and provides assistance to potential Fisher families with the application and lottery process;  responsible for maintaining all child records and information for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Kim, Alana

Kim, Alana : Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Office of Budget & Planning/ Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4012, KRH 313
Alana.Kim@du.edu

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326
Karen.Riley@du.edu

Dr. Riley received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She worked as a special education preschool teacher and administrator for many years. Dr. Riley currently works with several organizations that serve children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  Her research interests are early childhood intervention and assessment, neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically Fragile X Syndrome and XXYY Disorder), and effective identification and intervention for children and families with other low incidence disabilities. Dr. Riley is married and has two teen-aged children. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and reading.

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Tankersley, Rebecca

Tankersley, Rebecca : Director

Director

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-7804
Rebecca.Tankersley@du.edu

M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University; B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, University of Kentucky.

Primary responsibilities: Collaborates with the Fisher leadership team and staff to develop a programmatic model of curriculum, inclusive methodology, progress monitoring and implementation of developmentally appropriate practices; reviews and revises policies to ensure high quality inclusive early childhood programming and practices at Fisher are aligned with the recommendations of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); works to strengthen and create new relationships with community organizations focused on the improvement of services to young children.

Visweswaraiah, Hema

Visweswaraiah, Hema : Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-2772
Hema.Visweswaraiah@du.edu

Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, University of Denver; MA, Early Childhood General and Special Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA Psychology, University of Rochester.

Primary responsibilities: Collaborate with Fisher’s Director to provide guidance and mentorship to the early childhood teachers across the Center; oversee the Fisher Inclusion Team, which serves children with special needs who attend the Center, and the Night Owls Program, which provides respite care once a month for families of children with special needs; supervise student workers from DU and graduate students from MCE who work at Fisher.

Fisher Early Learning Center

Fisher Early Learning Center :


303-871-2723

Fisher from its inception has been committed to providing an inclusive early learning experience to all children in the Denver community. With support from the Morgridge College of Education and the University of Denver, Fisher continues to offer a high quality early learning environment.

Fisher Early Learning Center Directory

The Fisher Early Learning Center is open from 7:30am–5:30pm.

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education

Bruns, Christie

Bruns, Christie : Publications and Marketing Coordinator

Publications and Marketing Coordinator

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-7674, KRH 131
Christie.Bruns@du.edu

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D. : Director, Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education,  and Clinical Professor

Director, Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education, and Clinical Professor

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2527, KRH 359
nhafenst@du.edu

Dr. Hafenstein received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education.  Dr. Hafenstein also serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.  Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, and individualized educational planning.  Dr. Hafenstein loves music, is a classically trained pianist, currently performs in a women’s choir, is an avid reader, and is interested in art from Impressionist Era to Southwest works.

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Howell, Gloria

Howell, Gloria : Office and Conference Coordinator

Office and Conference Coordinator

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education

Gloria.Howell@du.edu

MA Special Education, Chapman University; BA Movement and Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health and Fitness Administration, Chapman University

Primary responsibilities: team member of The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education supporting the development, completion and expansion of projects to aid in broadening The Institute’s presence nationally and internationally. Specifically, Gloria is responsible for all aspects of Institute conferences and special events and managing the daily responsibilities of the office.

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and  Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy / Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3983, KRH 154
Douglas.Clements@du.edu

Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Craig, Jessica

Craig, Jessica : Office Manager

Office Manager

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy/ Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2217, KRH 160A
Jessica.Craig@du.edu

Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D.

Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education and Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-2255, KRH 337
richard.kitchen@du.edu

Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather.  Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.

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Millies, Anna

Millies, Anna : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services/ Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2494
Anna.Millies@du.edu

BA in Mathematics, University of Denver.

Primary responsibilities: supporting the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, ensuring faculty are assisted as needed and that students are supported from orientation through graduation, providing organization and financial support for grants for the Kennedy Institute.

Van Dine, Doug

Van Dine, Doug : Project Director

Project Director

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2726, KRH 154
Douglas.VanDine@du.edu

CAS, Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY; MS, Education - Mathematics 7-12, Buffalo State College; BA, Mathematics and Psychology, Houghton College.

Primary responsibilities: Serve as Project Director for two federally-funded projects

(1) For the NSF funded "Measurement" project, oversee day-to-day operations and research procedures including overseeing two graduate research assistants, engage in the data collection (micro-genetic studies), and ensure data and analyses are accurate (e.g., data are “cleaned”) and completed on schedule, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver and Illinois State University to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.

(2) For the IES-funded "EMERGE” project, direct and guide eight graduate research assistants and coders, code videotapes, enter data, assist in analyses, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver, University of Buffalo, and Abt Associates to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.

 

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Marsico Institute for Early Learning Literacy

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and  Professor

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy / Curriculum Studies and Teaching
303-871-3983, KRH 154
Douglas.Clements@du.edu

Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Craig, Jessica

Craig, Jessica : Office Manager

Office Manager

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy/ Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2217, KRH 160A
Jessica.Craig@du.edu

Germeroth, Carrie

Germeroth, Carrie : Assistant Director of Research

Assistant Director of Research

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2046, KRH 162
Carrie.Germeroth@du.edu

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Louisville; BA, Psychology, Vanderbilt University.

Primary responsibilities: provide leadership and guidance for the research operations of the Institute. Including helping to establish and implement a strategic plan with annual and long term goals for research; and obtaining external funding for research projects that align with the Institute’s mission and meet high standards for quality, in collaboration with MCE faculty.

Mincic, Melissa

Mincic, Melissa : Assistant Director of Policy and Practice

Assistant Director of Policy and Practice

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-6038, KRH 163
Melissa.Mincic@du.edu

PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University; BA, Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Primary responsibilities: Writing grants, representing the Marsico Institute at early childhood policy meetings, developing working relationships with various early childhood organizations, assisting with Marsico Institute management.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center for Gifted Children :


303-871-2982
ricksctr@du.edu

Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver is an exemplary program designed for gifted children. Ricks Center provides nationally recognized gifted education to approximately 250 students ranging from ages three years old through eighth grade who show exceptional, differentiated abilities and learning needs.

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