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Get Engaged: MCE Centers, Institutes, and Research Opportunities  

Have you heard of the PELE CenterOr the Ricks Center for Gifted Children? These are just two of the centers and institutions at MCE that promote innovative approaches and provide research opportunities.  Explore our directory to learn more about these and other institutes.  

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Housing Opportunities and Life in Denver 

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  • When: Week of April 26, 2021  
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  • When: Week of May 10, 2021  
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  • When: Week of May 24, 2021  
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  • When: June, 2021  
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April 9, 2021 – On February 19, 2021, it was announced that Dr. Karen Riley, Dean of the Morgridge College of Education, would be leaving to join Regis University as Provost. Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the Morgridge College of Education, starting May 1, 2021.

Dr. Uhrmacher has been a long-serving member of the MCE faculty, with expertise in curriculum and instruction as well as research methods and statistics.

Dr. Uhrmacher has served as both past Chair of the Educational Research, Policy, and Practice department and current Interim Chair of the Higher Education department.  Having earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two masters degrees at Indiana University and Harvard University, respectively, Professor Uhrmacher was awarded a Ph.D. in the design and evaluation of educational programs from Stanford University.

MCE is extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Uhrmacher lead MCE through the transition to our next Dean.  Dr. Uhrmacher is a deeply thoughtful teacher-scholar and caring leader who exemplifies DU and MCE’s commitments to the highest standards of integrity and collegiality.

April 2, 2021 – I’m blessed with the guidance and wisdom of many teachers and mentors. I have my colleagues, friends and institutional leaders who offer advice. The shelves in my office are crammed with books, each holding a different key to the puzzle of effective teaching. My students are always a good source of wisdom and counsel on how to teach more effectively and with greater integrity. All I need do is listen and not discount their feedback or inflate my ego with their complementsBut my most faithful and oldest teacher is nature. When I go for a walk the bigness of the natural world helps unravel my questions and problems. I often find wisdom in the ways that nature responds to challenge and creates opportunities for growth. For instance, life is both fragile and tenacious. This is a good reminder to me that the learning relationships I seek with students are fragile (easily broken) and tenacious (can weather through tough times and challenges). 

Nature’s wisdom and its application to teaching has been on my mind lately, or more accurately it has been on my heart. The last few days the wind has been blowing with a persistent fierceness. I can hear it moving across the landscape, gathering speed, before it whips through the trees outside my window. It sounds like the shingles on the roof will be torn free at any moment. Nature teaches me that sometimes the best way to handle the wind of change is to get out in it and feel the fullness of its power. So that is what I did. I walked the high hills near my house. A treeless landscape where the wind is free to flow over and through the ravines, ridges and particularities of the land. It fills all of existence. It fills my very being with its energy and passion 

Strange thing about wind. It is both a physical and spiritual phenomenon. Many, Eastern, Indigenous and Western wisdom traditions speak of wind as the creative force of the gods, divine beings and eternal ones. In these stories, wind can be as gentle as the breath of life and as violent as storms stirring the waters of the earth in preparation for that which is yet to be born. The winds of my teaching life are also like this. They can be creative and destructive, containing both physical and spiritual dimensions. 

As I walked, I reflected on the relationship between wind and teaching; both as an element of creation and a force for change. I was reminded of Cornel West’s description of “prophetic pragmatism” as a unique American philosophy for both acting as an agent of change while living into the perpetual and destructive nature of racism. Prophet in the sense of being a voice of radial social critique of inequalities and dehumanizing structures. Teachers can be prophetic winds speaking truth to power, creating spaces where marginalized learners experience humanizing forms of pedagogyTeachers can enact a form of tough love directed toward the betterment of schooling as an institution. The poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer in her poem “Home” describes this form of love in this way; icomes crashing in / like western wind, breaking branches / and rearranging the yard, as if to say / it is here to change everything”. Yet prophetic-love is also pragmatic. It is a form of wisdom that realizes the struggle for freedom is elongated and complicated requiring a long-view and the capacity to adjust. It is a learning tradition that relishes in personal struggle, always leaning forward in gentle and persistent provocation to challenge systems of power and privilege.  

As I walked, I noticed that at times the wind was to my back. I was a participant in the process of change. Dust and rocks dislodged by my feet scoured the trailside, changing the ground with each step. Such is often the case when I take an activist role to help sustain change in schools or in my classroom. But when I turned a corner in the trail, the wind and I were now face to face. If I wasn’t careful, I was pushed off balance and found myself stumbling along on unsure feet. For teachers as prophets they are sometimes part of the winds of change. And at times they must face into the winds of institutional normalcy that are often set against their will toward freedom and liberty. West’s invitation toward “prophetic pragmatism is particularly relevant in these moments. Sailors know that by setting their sails at 22 degrees to a squall they can tack into the wind and move toward, not away, from their destination. Pragmatism is a form of strategic tacking in response to the winds that push toward the status quo and maintenance of power and privilege in schools and classrooms.  

My last reflection on walking into and with the wind is that it is hard work. I arrived home feeling refreshed, blown clean, but also slightly disoriented. My body still remembered all the ways it had swayed, stumbled and sought out firm footing. Even standing still I was still in motion. The question I now held was how to remain strong and resilient while practicing “prophetic pragmatism” in my teaching? Success in teaching, as practiced in Western-industrial societies, is often measured and calibrated according to external standards. Many teachers “measure up” to these metrics but the cost can be high in terms of their heart’s longing and burnout. The teacher as prophet is walking a path that never ends and thus the future is not theirs. I find an element of comfort in this truth. My success as an agent of change cannot be measured and catalogued as some fixed goal to achieve, but it can be witnessed in the day to day actions I take to create life-giving instructional spaces. Additionally, knowing that the trail of freedom and justice is long and winding reminds me of the importance of resting and participating in self-care. Being a prophet of a future that is not my own means that I can rest without guilt, renewing my heart and spirit for those times when the wind is in my face. But rest is not retreat or complacency. I must always remember that even in a restful state my body, my heart, my soul knows its true purpose is to keep dancing with the winds of change.   

Morgridge Ranked in Top 100 Graduate Colleges of Education 

Morgridge College of Education has entered the top 100 best Graduate Colleges of Education, representing a jump of 27 spots in U.S. News rankings. Two programs have been named in the top 35We are thrilled to share this good news, reflecting the dedication and commitment that the Morgridge community – our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, parents and community members – have contributed to the College to reach this milestone. Morgridge is now ranked 85th in the top graduate schools in education.  

“The acknowledgment from US New World Report is certainly meaningful, but what is truly inspiring is what this recognition signifies” said Morgridge Dean, Dr. Karen Riley. “This acknowledgement represents dedication and commitment of every member of our community and demonstrates our collective pledge to teaching, service and scholarship.” 

The College of Education traces its roots back to the 1890s when teacher preparation was its primary focus. Today, in addition to teacher preparation, the College has expanded to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in the disciplines across the spectrum of education, wellness, data, information and human development. 

Program Rankings 

Morgridge’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program has maintained a spot as one of the top Education Administration programs in the nation. This year, the program came in at number 21 on the annual list, up 4 spots from last year. The College’s Library and Information Science program is also well represented, ranking 35th. Both programs at Morgridge have a deep commitment to serving our community, which allow their students to engage in impactful and invaluable experiences, setting them apart from competitors.  

The Library and Information Science program offers innovative practices in a rapidly changing digital era, a unique specialization in research data management prepares graduates to immerse themselves in the research data lifecycle. The Educational Leadership program prepares equity focused, transformative leaders and immerses students in field-based learning that prepares them to meet challenges within complex systems. Each student’s experience is customized to their individual needs and the school where they work.  

“At a time when education is facing some of the most challenging circumstances in recent history we could not be prouder of the impact of our research and community engagement,” continued Dr. Riley. “Facilitating the development of leaders in education, mental health, and data and research science remains the core of our mission as a college of education. Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are working every day to improve the lives of individuals in our communities.”  

 Thank you again for your tremendous contributions to the Morgridge College of Education. 

The Ranking Process 

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: Expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings in all six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,000 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.  


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