Jun 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate 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 

Russell Noles, M.B.A., Chair
Ryan Frazier, M.S. 2024 2027
Emily Renwick Garnett, J.D. 2020 2027
Jerry Glick, B.S. 2023 2026
Kristin Hultquist, M.P.P. 2019 2027
Rachel Kaygi, B.A. 2024 2027
Olivia Mendoza, M.P.A, J.D. 2023 2027
Marissa Molina, B.A. 2019 2026
Ann Obermann, Ph.D., LCSW, Faculty Trustee 2023 2024
Jim Qualteri, B.S., Alumni Representative 2021 2024
Laura Pinnie, B.S. 2024 2027
Michael Warner, Student Trustee 2023 2024


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 Kelly Evans Grieshaber, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Laura Niesen de Abruña, Ph.D.
Deputy Provost Marie T. Mora, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer James Mejía, M.B.A., M.P.P.
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.
Interim Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Title IX & ADA Coordinator
Camille Torres, J.D.
Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion Manuel Del Real, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
Todd Thurman, M.Ed.
Vice President of Government and External Affairs Kaycee Gerhart, B.S.
Director of External Affairs Michael A. Ramsey, M.A.


University Communications and Marketing

Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Andrea Smith, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Brand Whei Wong, M.P.A.
Executive Director of Communications John Arnold, B.S.
Director of Digital Marketing and Content Strategy Michelle Britt, M.B.A.
Director of Media Relations Tim Carroll, B.S., APR
Director of Brand Strategy Piper Vitale, B.A., B.F.A.



Chief Strategy Officer James Mejía, M.B.A., M.P.P.
Director of University Strategy Meredith Jeffers, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Data and Analytics Buffy Ribble, Ph.D.
Sr. Director for Strategic Infrastructure & Development Christopher Bennett, M.B.A.



Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Laura Niesen de Abruña, Ph.D.
Deputy Provost Marie T. Mora, Ph.D.
President, Council of Chairs and Directors Jess Retrum, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate Elizabeth Goodnick, Ph.D.
Budget Director Neilsun Valenski, M.S.

Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development

Associate Vice President of Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development
Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.  
Director of Academic Program Review Lou Moss, M.A., PMP  
Director of Curriculum and Catalog Erica Buckland Anderson, M.P.A.  
Director of General Studies Todd Laugen, Ph.D.  

Faculty Affairs

Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs Catherine Kleier, Ph.D.  
Director of Faculty Affairs Sam Jay, Ph.D.  

Graduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies
Inge Wefes, Ph.D.
Director, Business and Financial Operations Chip Hagan, B.A.

Innovative and Lifelong Learning

Associate Vice President of Innovative and Lifelong Learning
Terry Bower, M.S.W.

Online Programs

Executive Director of Online Programs Jae Joo, Ph.D.

Sponsored Research and Programs

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
Laneika Musalini, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Parmelee, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Services Hediyeh Arasteh, M.A.
Director of Advising Systems
Stephanie Allen, M.A.
Director of the Center for Individualized Learning
Sara Jackson Shumate, 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 Nona Shipman, M.A.
Academic Department Coordinator, ROTC Office Lillian Manygoats
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
Jim Carpenter, M.P.P.
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, Controller
Liza Larsen, M.B.A, C.P.A.
Director of Budget/Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Rauch
Mike McCabe
Director of Human Resources
Stacy Dvergsdal, B.A.
Deputy CIO 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 Joseph Schalk, M.P.A
President, Staff Senate Ruby Matheny, B.A.


Student Affairs Division

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs
Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Emily Willan, B.S.

Classroom to Career Hub

Associate Vice President of Classroom to Career Initiatives Adrienne Martinez, M.S.W.
Director for Faculty Engagement & Experiential Learning Alyssa Marks, M.S.W.
Director of Career Engagement
Bridgette Coble, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Industry Partnerships Maluwa Behringer, B.S.
Assistant Vice President of Student Success Nahum Kisner, M.S.
Director of Scholar Support and Retention Lauren Koppel, M.A.
Director of College Completion and Student Success Initiatives Matthew Kring, M.A.

Enrollment Management

Chief Enrollment Officer Long Huynh, D.B.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 Nick Grissom, B.A.
Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Kerline Eglaus, Ed.D.
Director of Financial Aid Operations Yared Belete, M.S.T.
Director of Financial Aid Systems Michael Nguyen, B.S.
Director of Financial Aid Compliance Jennifer Helgeson, B.A.
Executive Director of Orientation, Transition, and Reengagement Megan Scherzberg, Ph.D.
Director, Orientation, Transition, and Retention John Babcock, M.Ed.
Director, Transfer and Adult Student Services Tiffani Baldwin, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions Vacant
Registrar Connie Sanders, B.S.
Director of Testing Services Russell Reynolds, B.A.
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 Taylor Tackett, M.H.
Assistant Vice President for Equity and Student Engagement
Cynthia Baron, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students/Director of TRIO Student Support Services Loretta Wahl, M.S.S.
Director, Student Care Center Sonia Falcon, M.S.W.
Associate Dean of Student Accountability and Care Vacant
Director of Campus Recreation
Diane Yee, M.S.
Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program Diana Delacrus-Aparicio, M.Ed.         
Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Executive Director of the Counseling Center Randal Boldt, Psy.D.
Executive Director of the Health Center at Auraria Jeffrey Uszacki, B.S.
Director of the Immigrant Services Program Gregor Mieder, M.A.
Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center
Tyrell Allen, M.A.
Director of Veteran and Military Student Services Joe Foster, Ph.D.


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 of University Advancement and the MSU Denver Foundation
Earl D. Caleb
Assistant Vice President of Strategic Engagement
Jamie Hurst, J.D.
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
Shelley Thompson, M.A.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Zacary Tardiff, M.B.A.
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Brandi Rideout, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Advancement Communications and Giving Breanne Milnes, M.S.Ed
Senior Director of Development Gwen Thompson, M.A.
Senior Director of the Office of University Events Jessica Fernandez, B.A.
Director of Donor Relations Selene Figueroa, B.A.
Director of Advancement Services Michelle Downer, M.L.I.S.
Senior Director of Prospect Management and Analytics Caitlin Hoppel, B.B.A.
Director of Development, Foundation Relations Amanda Malachowski, M.A.M.
Director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Schlichting, M.Ed.
Director of Development, Corporate Relations Ally Veneris, M.S.
Associate Controller Anthony Sisneros, B.A.
Senior Director of Major Gifts Genevieve Laca, M.A. M.P.A.


Academic Administrators

College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design

Jeffrey Newcomer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Brooke Evans, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences
Mark Yoss, B.S
Chair, Aviation and Aerospace Science
Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D.
Chair, Computer Sciences
Feng Jiang, Ph.D.
Chair, Engineering and Engineering Technology
Fred Barlow, Ph.D.
Chair, Industrial Design
Jinseup (Ted) Shin, M.F.A.
Director of the Cybersecurity Center Richard Mac Namee, MCGI

College of Business

Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Ethan P. Waples, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean Pamela Packer, M.S.
Chair, Accounting
Gregory Clifton, J.D.
Chair, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics
Abel Moreno, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics
Alexandre Padilla, Ph.D.
Chair, Finance
Paul Camp, Ph.D.
Chair, Management
Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.
Chair, Marketing
Sally Baalbaki-Yassine, Ph.D.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Inaugural Dean Hope Szypulski, DNP
Associate Dean Joanne Bailey, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Operations Amy Middleton, M.S.
Grant Director Dawn Matera Bassett, Ph.D.
Marketing and Communication Strategist/Senior Copywriter Cory Phare, M.A.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Andrea Borrego, Ph.D.
Director of Development and Partnerships, Health Institute Emily Matuszewicz, D.C.
Chair, Exercise and Sport Sciences Chad Harris, Ph.D.
Chair, Health Professions Kevin Zeiler, J.D.
Chair, Human Services and Counseling Tricia Hudson-Matthew, Ph.D.
Chair, Nursing Jenny Allert, D.N.P.
Chair, Nutrition Rachel 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
Ting Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Daniel Lair, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Katia Campbell, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Africana Studies
John Masserini, D.M.A.
Chair, Art
Deanne Pytlinksi, Ph.D.
Chair, Biology
Jennifer Gagliardi-Seeley, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.
Chair, Chicano Studies
Adriana Nieto, Ph.D.
Chair, Communication Studies
Eric James, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Ford Lux, Ph.D.
Chair, English
Andreas Mueller, Ph.D.
Chair, History
Matthew Makley, Ph.D.
Chair, Journalism and Media Production Christopher Jennings, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
Henricus Bouwmeester, Ph.D.
Chair, World Languages
Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.
Chair, Music
Brandon Matthews, Ph.D.
Chair, Philosophy
Caleb Cohoe, Ph.D.
Chair, Physics
Ford Lux, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science
Robert Preuhs, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychological Sciences
Lisa Badanes, Ph.D.
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology
Nicholas Recker, Ph.D.
Chair, Theatre and Dance
Jacob Welch, M.F.A.
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 First Year Writing
Justin Young, 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.
Assistant Dean, Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Bryan Bohanan, Ed.D.
Chair, Elementary Education and Literacy
Corey Sell, Ph.D.
Chair, Secondary, K-12, and Educational Technology
Roland Schendel, Ph.D.
Chair, Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Education
Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Programs Brittany Lane, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Office of Education Solutions Andy Thyrring, Ed.D.
Director, Alternative Licensure Program Stephanie Cavallaro
Director, Call Me MiSTER Program Rashad Anderson, Ph.D.

School of Hospitality

Interim Dean Annie Butler, Ph.D.
Chair, Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management Eric Olson, Ph.D
Director of Student Services and Operations Jimi Webb, B.A.