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Tenure and promotion approvals

Congratulations to Roadrunners on the rise.

By Lindsey Coulter

June 17, 2021

Rowdy giving thumbs up and standing in front of Student Success Building.The Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees has approved a number of faculty promotions and recommendations for tenure. Congratulations to all elevated faculty members for this great achievement, and thank you for your continued devotion to academic excellence and student success.

Promotions to full professor

Susan Ahrendt, Ph.D., Elementary Education and Literacy

Lisa Badanes, Ph.D., Psychological Sciences

Katia Campbell, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Ingrid Carter, Ph.D., Elementary Education and Literacy

Caleb Cohoe, Ph.D., Philosophy

Michael Hengst, DMA, Music

Tsehai Johnson, MFA, Art

Gabrielle Katz, Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Brian Kelley, MFA, Theatre and Dance

Morey Kitzman, Ph.D., Psychological Sciences

Kimberly Klimek, Ph.D., History

Mark Koester, Ph.D., Mathematics and Statistics

Melissa Masters, Ph.D., R.D., Nutrition

Dawn Matera Bassett, Ph.D., LCSW, Social Work

Brandon Matthews, DMA, Music

Cristina Míguez, Ph.D., Modern Languages

Jillian Mollenhauer, Ph.D., Art

Melissa Monson, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology

Sean Morris, Ph.D., Philosophy

Gesemia Nelson, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology

Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D., Mathematics and Statistics

Luís Rivas, Ph.D., English

Roland Schendel, Ph.D., Elementary Education and Literacy

K Scherrer, Ph.D., LCSW, Social Work

Justin Stephens, Ph.D., History

Andrew Thangasamy, Ph.D., Political Science

Bradley Thompson, DMA, Music

Michelle Tollefson, M.D., Health Professions


Recommended for tenure and promotion to associate professor

Jenny Allert, DNP, R.N., Nursing

Stacy Barton, MFA, Journalism and Media Production

Darcy Beery, MA, Journalism and Media Production

Mallory Brunel, MSN, R.N., Nursing

Pamela Buckley, Ph.D., Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Gina Cook, Ph.D., Management

Cynthia Erickson, Ph.D., Psychological Sciences

Deborah Mathias, DNP, R.N., Nursing

Tony Nunez, Ph.D., Human Performance and Sport

Ann Obermann, Ph.D., LCSW, Social Work

Ofelia Schepers, Ph.D., Elementary Education and Literacy

Dorothy Shapland, Ed.D., Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Eileen Starr, Ph.D., LCSW, Social Work

Patricia Surman, DMA, Music

Topics: Academics, Excellence, Promotion, Tenure and promotion

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