Academic Services Associate
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
Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor
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.
Dumas, Denis, Ph.D.
Denis Dumas is an assistant professor of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. In general, his work focuses on understanding student learning, cognition, and creativity through the application and refinement of latent variable methods, especially multidimensional item response theory and non-linear growth models. He is the co-creator of a psychometric framework called dynamic measurement modeling—a mixed-effects paradigm for quantifying the ability of students to learn in response to particular instruction—and is widely interested in the mental attributes that contribute to students’ academic success across domains and contexts. He completed his doctoral work in Educational Psychology, and Master’s degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics, at the University of Maryland-College Park, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the American Educational Research Association. Before coming to the University of Denver, he was assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Howard University. His work has been previously funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences, Hewlett Foundation, and during the academic year 2019-20, he is a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Research Development Fellow. Click here to view his University of Denver portfolio page.
Green, Kathy, Ph.D.
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.
Thomas Pitts, Robyn, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Pitts received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She focuses on program evaluation in educational contexts, an interest that grew out of her prior experiences as a high school science teacher, instructional coach, and educational administrator. Her current research interests focus on issues of evaluation and assessment, specifically regarding the use of evaluative information for accountability and organizational learning purposes. She is also interested in teaching evaluation, systems thinking, and culturally responsive approaches to evaluation. Dr. Thomas Pitts enjoys yoga, biking, and skiing, as well as science fiction and fantasy literature.
Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.
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 has served as the department chair of Educational Research, Policy, and Practice and as Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. He was also the co-editor of the Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and book review editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Dr. Uhrmacher currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Creativity Institute for Teachers. His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education. 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.
Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.
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.