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Announcing new department chairs

Congratulations to incoming leaders across the University.

By Lindsey Coulter

July 25, 2019

Students walking across Auraria campus; Denver cityscape in backgroundAs Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares for a new academic year, we also welcome a number of Roadrunners to new leadership positions. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent appointments as department chairs.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Chicana/o Studies: Adriana Nieto, Ph.D.

Mathematics and Computer Sciences: Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D.

Physics: Grant Denn, Ph.D.

Political Science: Robert Preuhs, Ph.D.

College of Professional Studies

Health Professions: Kevin Zeiler, J.D.

Engineering and Engineering Technology: Fred Barlow, Ph.D.

Human Performance and Sport: Chad Harris, Ph.D. (Interim)

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences: Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.

School of Education

Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education: Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.


The following department chairs have been reappointed or will continue their terms for 2019-20.

College of Business

Accounting: Gregory Clifton, Ph.D.

Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics: Abel Moreno, Ph.D.

Economics: Trey Fleisher, Ph.D.

Finance: Paul Camp, Ph.D.

Management: Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.

Marketing: Nicole Vowles, Ph.D.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Africana Studies: Douglas Mpondi, Ph.D.

Art: Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D.

Biology: Ford Lux, Ph.D.

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.

Communication Studies: Daniel Lair, Ph.D.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: James Harris, Ph.D.

English: Rebecca Gorman-O’Neill, Ph.D.

Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy: Katherine Martinez, Ph.D. (Interim)

History: James Drake, Ph.D.

Modern Languages: Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.

Music: Peter Schimpf, Ph.D.

Philosophy: Brian Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Psychological Sciences: Layton Curl, Ph.D.

Sociology and Anthropology: Melissa Monson, Ph.D.

Theatre: Scott Lubinski, Ph.D.

College of Professional Studies

Aviation and Aerospace Science: Jeff Forrest, Ph.D.

Criminal Justice and Criminology: Henry Jackson, Ph.D.

Human Services and Counseling: Annie Butler

Industrial Design: Ted Shin, Ph.D.

Journalism and Media Production: Shaun Schafer, Ph.D.

Nursing: Theresa Buxton, Ph.D.

Nutrition: Kathy Heyl

Social Work: Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elementary Education and Literacy: Deborah Horan, Ph.D.

Secondary Education, K-12 Education and Educational Technology: Hsin-Te Yeh, Ph.D.

Topics: Academics, Community, Excellence

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