May 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


The Metropolitan State University of Denver is governed by the Board of Trustees-Metropolitan State University of Denver. The members are appointed by the Governor of Colorado and approved by the Senate.

Board of Trustees

Date of First Appointment

Term Expires 

Barbara Barnes Grogan, Chair
Albus Brooks, M.B.A. 2019 2023
Mario Carrera, B.A. 2019 2023
Bethany Fleck Dillen, Ph.D., Faculty Trustee 2021 2022
Emily Renwick Garnett, J.D. 2020 2023
Kristin Hultquist, M.P.P. 2019 2023
Michael Johnston, J.D. 2019 2023
Michael Kopp, J.D. 2020 2024
Marissa Molina, B.A. 2019 2022
Russell Noles, M.B.A., Vice Chair 2019 2022
Jim Qualteri, B.S., Alumni Representative 2021 2022
Savannah Martel, Student Trustee 2021 2022


Office of the President

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Chief of Staff Edward J. Brown Jr. M.B.A.
Presidential Faculty Fellow Samuel Jay, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs Eric Smith, B.S.
Vice President for Student Affairs Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M
General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
David Fine, Esq.
Deputy General Counsel Nicholas Stancil, Esq.
Executive Director, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
Raúl M. Sánchez, J.D.
Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion Manuel Del Real, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
Todd Thurman, M.Ed.
Director of Government Affairs Kaycee Gerhart, B.S.

Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Andrea Smith, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Brand Whei Wong-Howerton, M.P.A.
Executive Director of Communications John Arnold, B.S.
Director of Digital Marketing and UX Strategy Kayla Manning, M.B.A.
Director of Media Relations Tim Carroll, B.S., APR
Director of Operations Jacque Williams, B.A.


Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.
President, Council of Chairs and Directors Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate Katia Campbell, Ph.D.

Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development

Associate Vice President of Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development
Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.  
Director of Curriculum and Catalog Erica Buckland Anderson, B.A.  
Director of General Studies Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D.  

Faculty Affairs

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Bill Henry, Ph.D.  

Graduate Studies

Interim Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D.

Innovative and Lifelong Learning

Associate Vice President of Innovative and Lifelong Learning
Terry Bower, M.S.W.
Director of Innovative and Lifelong Learning Dawn Zoni, Ph.D.

Online Programs

Associate Vice President of Online Programs Matt Griswold, Ed.D.

Sponsored Research and Programs

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
Betsy Jinks, M.P.H.

Undergraduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Parmelee, Ph.D.
Director of Advising Systems
Stephanie Allen, M.A.
Director of the Center for Individualized Learning
Kim VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program
Megan Hughes, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Office of International Studies
Akbarali Thobhani, Ph.D.
Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research Kristy Duran, Ph.D.
Director of the One World One Water Center Tom Cech, M.S.
ROTC Office Captain Nathaniel Wherley
Director of the Writing Center
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.


Administration, Finance and Facilities Division

Office of the Vice President for Administration, Finance and Facilities

Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance
George Middlemist, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Administration
Leone Schulz, B.A
CIO/Associate Vice President Information Technology Services Kevin Taylor, M.B.A.
Director of Accounting Services
Liza Larsen, M.B.A, C.P.A.
Director of Budget
Cipriana Patterson, B.A.
Christina Nguyen
Executive Director, Office of University Effectiveness and Director of Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis
Director of Human Resources
Stacy Dvergsdal, B.A.
Director of Institutional Research
Ellen Boswell, B.S.
Director of ITS Client Services Nick Pistentis, M.S.
Director of ITS Infrastructure Services and Chief Information Security Officer Michael Hart, B.S.
Director of Operations and Maintenance Sharon Lorince, M.B.A.
Director of Planning, Design, and Construction Jonathan McCann, M.B.A.
President, Staff Senate Rebecca Reid, B.A.


Student Affairs Division

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs
Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Director of Operations and Planning for Student Affairs
Emily Willan, B.S.

Classroom to Career Hub

Associate Vice President of Classroom to Career Initiatives Adrienne Martinez, M.S.W.
Interim Director of Faculty Engagement Pamela Ansburg, Ph.D.
Director of Career Engagement
Bridgette Coble, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Industry Partnerships Maluwa Behringer, B.S.
Exectuvie Director of Student Support and Retention Nahum Kisner, M.S.

Enrollment Management

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Sauceda, M.A.
Executive Director of Admissions and Outreach Vaughn Toland, M.A.
Director of Admissions Internal Operations Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, B.A.
Director of Enrollment Management Call Center Vacant
Director of Enrollment Management Systems and Operations Michael Nguyen, B.S.
Interim Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Thomas Hernandez, M.A.
Director of Financial Aid Operations and Systems Tyler Resch, B.A.
Director of Orientation, Transition, Retention Megan Scherzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Diverse Recruitment Cameron Simmons, M.B.A.
Registrar Connie Sanders, B.S.
Director of Scholarships Vacant
Director of MSU Denver Testing Services Russell Reynolds, B.A.
Interim Director of the Center for Urban Education and TRIO High School Upward Bound Janelle Henderson, B.A.

Student Engagement and Wellness

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students Braelin Pantel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Equity and Student Engagement
Cynthia Baron, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Wellness
Assistant Dean/Director of TRIO Student Support Services Ally Garcia, Ed.D.
Director of Campus Recreation
Diane Yee, M.S.
Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program Raquel Jimenez, M.S.W.
Interim Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Thanh Nguyen, Ed.D.
Executive Director of the Counseling Center Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Health Center at Auraria Steve Monaco, M.S.
Director of the Immigrant Services Program Gregor Mieder, M.A.
Interim Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center
Charles DeHerrera, M.A.
Director of Student Accountability and Behavioral Intervention Thomas Ragland, M.S.
Director for Student Care Center Erica Quintana-Garcia, M.S.W, LSW
Interim Director of Veteran and Military Student Services Ted Jimenez, B.S.


University Advancement Division

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation
Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Lori Herrera, M.B.A
Assistant Vice President of Strategic Engagement
Jamie Hurst, J.D.
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
Katie Biscoe, B.A.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Megan Conklin, M.S.W.
Director of Alumni Relations Brandi Rideout, M.Ed.
Senior Director of Advancement Communications and Giving Breanne Milnes
Senior Director of Development Gwen Thompson, M.A.
Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Special Events
Traci McBee Rowe, M.N.M.
Senior Director of Major Gifts Steve Galpern, M.A.


Academic Administrators

College of Business

Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean
Trey Fleisher, Ph.D.
Chair, Accounting
Gregory Clifton, J.D.
Chair, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics
Abel Moreno, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics
Arthur Fleisher III, Ph.D.
Chair, Finance
Alex Fayman, Ph.D.
Chair, Management
Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.
Chair, Marketing
Nicole Vowles, Ph.D.

College of Health and Applied Sciences

Interim Dean Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Kathy Heyl, M.S., R.D.N.
Associate Dean Vacant
Interim Associate Dean Hope Szypulski, DNP
Director, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Mark Yoss, B.S.
Chair, Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D.
Chair, Computer Sciences Steve Beaty, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Andrea Borrego, Ph.D.
Chair, Engineering and Engineering Technology Fred Barlow, Ph.D.
Director of Development and Partnerships, Health Institute Emily Matuszewicz, D.C.
Chair, Health Professions Kevin Zeiler, J.D.
Chair, Human Performance and Sport Chad Harris, Ph.D.
Chair, Human Services and Counseling Annie Butler, M.A.
Chair, Industrial Design John Wanberg, M.S.D.
Chair, Nursing Theresa Buxton, Ph.D.
Chair, Nutrition Rachael Sinley, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.
Chair, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

John Masserini, D.M.A.
Associate Dean
Ibon Izurieta, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Jason Janke, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Sharon Twigg, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Marina Pereira, M.S.W.
Chair, Africana Studies
Douglas Mpondi, Ph.D.
Chair, Art
Deanne Pytlinksi, Ph.D.
Chair, Biology
Sheryl Zajdowicz, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.
Chair, Chicano Studies
Adriana Nieto, Ph.D.
Chair, Communication Studies
Daniel Lair, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Ford Lux, Ph.D.
Chair, English
Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, M.F.A
Chair, History
Matthew Makley, Ph.D.
Chair, Journalism and Media Production Christopher Jennings, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
Elizabeth McClellan Ribble, Ph.D.
Chair, Modern Languages
Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.
Chair, Music
Peter Schimpf, Ph.D.
Chair, Philosophy
Brian Hutchinson, Ph.D.
Chair, Physics
Grant Denn, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science
Robert Preuhs, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychological Sciences
Layton Curl, Ph.D.
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology
Melissa Monson, Ph.D.
Chair, Theatre and Dance
Jacob Welch
Director of the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Anahi Russo Garrido, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Advanced STEM Education
Hsiu-Ping Liu, Ph.D.
Director of the Mathematics and Learning Assistance Program
Brooke Evans, Ph.D.
Director of the First Year Writing
Jessica Parker, Ph.D.
Director of the Family Literacy Program
Adriann Wycoff, Ph.D.
Director of the Writing Center
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elizabeth Hinde, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Lisa Altemueller, Ed.D.
Chair, Elementary Education and Literacy
Deborah Horan, Ph.D.
Chair, Secondary, K-12, and Educational Technology
Hsin-Te Yeh, Ph.D.
Chair, Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Education
Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.

School of Hospitality

Dean Christian Hardigree, J.D.
Chair, Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management Eric Olson, Ph.D.


Page Revised August 17, 2021