Honors Faculty

Faculty who Teach Honors Seminars

The key to an outstanding education and a superb program is to maximize the professional interactions among faculty and students. The University Honors Program is fortunate to have excellent faculty and students who create a world class learning environment.

Most of the faculty members who teach Honors courses, including Honors seminars, have appointments in academic departments. They are exceptional teachers, many of whom have made significant contributions to their fields in research, project design, and artistry. Some also serve as academic advisers or mentor Honors students' senior theses.

In addition, there are special faculty members, including emeritus faculty, who have appointments in the University Honors Program and teach several Honors seminars. They are outstanding teachers and also serve as thesis advisers and committee members on occasion.

We are grateful to all of our faculty members for their enthusiastic commitment to enhancing student learning and to contribute to the success of the Honors Program.

Denise Favela Apodaca

email: denise.apodaca@colostate.edu

Denise Apodaca received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities. She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Front Range Community College. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was director of Early Childhood Programs, director of Class Piano, chair of Group Instruction and chair of the Piano Dept. at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She served as district coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance, and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and was the Spanish community health educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County for over five years. Denise is currently Piano Proficiency coordinator and Women's Studies affiliate faculty at Colorado State University where she also serves on several committees and has received numerous awards.

Andre Archie

email: andre.archie@colostate.edu

Andre Archie has been a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University since 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University, his master’s degree from Duquesne University and doctorate degree in Philosophy from Duquesne University and the Institute of Philosophy (Catholic University) in Leuven, Belgium. Andre specializes in the History of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Ancient Greek Political Philosophy. His latest research focuses on methodological issues, i.e., styles of argumentation in Plato and Aristotle. He has published in various journals such as the Journal of Philosophical Research, Ancient Philosophy, History of Political Thought, and Scholia. Andre is the author of Politics in Socrates' Alcibiades: A Philosophical Account of Plato's Dialogue Alcibiades Major (Springer 2015). Andre is currently working on a book manuscript that is under contract with The Catholic University of America Press titled: Socratic Conservatism, Socratic Questions: The Right Turn in Plato's Political Dialogues.  Andre has an interest in the writings of Louis Auchincloss, mechanical watches, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Chris Becker

email: chris.becker@colostate.edu

Chris Becker studied mathematics, economics, German literature and philosophy in Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Heidelberg University (2003) and his Habilitation in philosophy from Kaiserslautern University (2010). Chris Becker has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 2013. His primary research and teaching interests are in theoretical and applied ethics, the history of economic thought, environmental philosophy, ecological economics, ecocriticism, and sustainability studies. Chris Becker has participated in various interdisciplinary research projects on sustainability topics and has collaborated with researchers from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. He has published numerous papers on ethical, environmental and economic topics, and is the author of Nature and Economics in Romanticism (Metropolis, 2003, in German) and Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research (Springer, 2012). Chris Becker is currently working on a textbook for business ethics and on a project on sustainability justice.

Ellen Brinks

email: ellen.brinks@colostate.edu

Ellen Brinks is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University.  She received her B.A. in Philosophy and German from Agnes Scott College and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.
Professor Brinks teaches courses in British nineteenth-century literature, gothic literature and film, and colonial and postcolonial literatures. Her research has explored the cultural contexts of gender and sexuality and the tensions between individual and social expressions of identity. She has published numerous essays, including ones on women and 17th-century cartography, on the intersection of economics and sexuality in contemporary film, on the presence of the aesthetic in Winnicottian object relations theory, and on gothic representation and traumatic history. Her first book, Gothic Masculinity, appeared in 2003 and her second, Anglophone Indian Women Writers, 1870-1920, appeared in 2013.

Joseph Brown

email: joe.brown@colostate.edu

Joseph Brown earned his PhD at LSU in 2009 and was a tenured English professor at Abraham Baldwin College in Georgia before coming to CSU in 2016. In addition to teaching for the CSU Honors Program, Dr. Brown is a the director of the CSU Academic Integrity Program.  His experience has included a variety of courses in the Humanities: from courses in writing and literature to Science Fiction, the Cold War, and Rural Studies.

Dr. Brown enjoys writing about science fiction (such as Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and even the Incredible Hulk)  and his published work has appeared the Journal of Popular Culture and Extrapolation.  

Dr. Brown thinks kindness is one of the most important personal qualities and pedagogical tools a teacher must have. In each class, he strives to respect students as developing thinkers and to value their contributions to the class community. He continually seeks out opportunities to improve as a professor. In 2012, he was selected as a Governor's Teaching Fellow by the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. In addition, he has been both a presenter and frequent participant at conferences on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Having taught over a dozen sections of English courses for Georgia’s eCore program, he is also a veteran online instructor and recognized instructional innovator. While Joseph and his wife, Theresa, have lived in Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, they, along with their two children, happily call Fort Collins and CSU home. 

Mark Brown

email: m.brown@colostate.edu

Mark Brown is on faculty as a Molecular Oncologist in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He also has joint faculty appointments in the Epidemiology Section of the Colorado School of Public Health, in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Dr. Brown is a University Honors Professor of Infectious Disease and Biotechnology, he serves as a scientific consultant for the pharmaceutical industry, and he is the Director of the university’s Office for Undergraduate Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Texas in Austin, his M.S. in Biochemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his B.S. in Resource Management at Colorado State University. His research interests include: molecular oncology; epigenetics; histone modifications; lysine methylation; small molecule drug development; cultural and environmental factors of cancer; issues in health disparity; cultural history of infectious disease; engaging underrepresented students in the sciences; and engaging undergraduates in research. Dr. Brown received the Honors Prof Award in 2009.

Carl Burgchardt

email: carl.burgchardt@colostate.edu

Carl R. Burgchardt has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1982.  He teaches public speaking, rhetorical criticism, United States public address, and film criticism.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Penn State, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2000 the National Speakers Association named Burgchardt “Outstanding Professor.”  His work in the Honors Program at Colorado State University earned him the 2001 Outstanding Honors Academic Award in recognition of exceptional advising and mentoring of Honors students.  Burgchardt was designated “University Honors Professor of the Year” in 2004, and he won the Willard O. Eddy Teacher Award in 2008.  He has taught Honors seminars on the topics of “Fiction, Persuasion, and Social Change,” as well as “Coming of Age at the Movies.” Dr. Burgchardt is currently learning to speak and read Italian.  He taught a course entitled “Cinematic Rome” at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, during the summer of 2012.  Future research projects include analyses of the early films of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Gerald Callahan

email: gerald.callahan@colostate.edu

Gerald Callahan
Dr. Callahan writes about science for general audiences and holds a joint appointment in the department of English. He investigates interactions between the human immune and nervous systems, humans and their microbiomes, and the biological basis of sex. His work has been featured on or in, among others, National Geographic Television, ABC evening News, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Talk Radio Europe – Spain, Ms. Magazine, the New Scientist, Discover Magazine, U.S.A. Today, the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Georgia Straight, the Rocky Mountain News, ESPN, Publisher’s Weekly, Semana Magazine – Columbia, and EPOCA magazine – Brazil. His works have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese. Currently, Dr. Callahan is teaching the Construction of Self in Philosophy, Literature, and Medicine Honors seminar.

Hye Seung Chung

email: Hye.Chung@colostate.edu

Hye Seung Chung is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, specializing in race and ethnicity in American popular culture, East Asian cinema, feminist film theory, and global media. She is the co-author of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015). She is also the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance(Temple University Press, 2006) and Kim Ki-duk (University of Illinois Press, 2012). Her writing has appeared in such academic journals as Asian Cinema, Cinema Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Journal of Film and Video, and Post Script. Before coming to CSU in the fall of 2011, Dr. Chung taught at the University of Michigan, Hamilton College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Oakland University.

Lee Cooper

email: lee.cooper@colostate.edu

Lee Cooper holds a Masters of Arts in philosophy from Columbia University and has taught philosophy at Colorado State University, Ohio University, and the University of Colorado. His teaching interests include philosophy, history, political theory, and literature. Since joining the Honors Program in 2001, he has taught seminars on the relationship of political philosophies to historical crises; the influence of 19th century thinkers on the 20th and 21st centuries; and the literary, religious, and philosophical significance of the stories of Genesis.

Maite Correa

email: maite.correa@colostate.edu

Maite Correa is an Associate Professor of (Spanish) Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Colorado State University. She has a BA in English Linguistics and Literature (2000) from University of Deusto and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics (2003) and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (2008), both from the University of Arizona. She works at Colorado State University since 2008, where she teaches courses on Formal and Applied Hispanic Linguistics, and Methods/Assessment in the Teaching of Foreign Languages, among others. She has published on critical pedagogy, metalinguistic awareness, heritage language learning, and academic integrity. Other research interests include psycholinguistics, program evaluation, instructional technology, multilingualism and forensic linguistics.

Stuart Cottrell

email: stuart.cottrell@colostate.edu

Dr. Stuart (Stu) Cottrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU and coordinator of the undergraduate concentration in Global Tourism. At CSU, he teaches courses in ecotourism, sustainable tourism development, and tourism research. Prior to coming to CSU in 2004, Stu was an assistant professor in the Department of Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University, The Netherlands teaching and conducting research in sustainable tourism development. In 1999, he received a grant on behalf of Wageningen University to direct a special training program in Eco/Rural Tourism Development for the Ministries of Tourism in Argentina and Uruguay. During his years in Wageningen, Stu was advisor to numerous international students from all over the world. He also taught tourism related courses for six years at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. His research focus includes sustainable tourism development, travel and tourism behavior, visitor impact management, and decision-making in travel and tourism. Present projects involve monitoring the socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism development in Europe’s protected areas in Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Romania, Poland, and Sweden. This research program aims to reveal the connection between tourism and nature conservation practices and to contribute to the future development of Protected Area Network sites. Within Colorado as a resident fellow with the School for Global and Environmental Sustainability, Cottrell is conducting a preliminary study of the impacts of mountain pine beetle infestation on recreation and tourism. One of the highlights of Dr. Cottrell’s teaching involves the monitoring of diseased corals and volunteer based conservation projects for an NGO in the Bahamas. Stu’s passion is sailing. Early in his career, Stu was Program Director of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a marine aquatic program with the Boy Scouts of America in the Florida Keys. He has also run his own sailing charters as a business owner. Currently Stu is a proud owner of a 50-foot classic sailboat with many new waters he looks forward to crossing in the future.

Ashley Davies

Email: ashley.davies@colostate.edu

Ashley Davies earned her B.A. in English from Utah Valley University, and then moved with her dog to Fort Collins to pursue an M.A. in English Literature. Earning distinction, her graduate work explores representations of rape in popular music and integrates research from psychology, philosophy, women's studies, anthropology, and other fields. This, along with her time as an account manager and copywriter at a small marketing firm, has influenced her approaches to teaching writing.  Since returning to CSU's English department, Ashley has regularly taught courses in composition, literature, and American Studies. Her current research combines her ongoing interests in gender, violence, and representations of the body with her travel experience to bring world comics and global popular literatures into the classroom. Starting in 2017, Ashley has been the teaching assistant and program leader for the community health and education study abroad program in Zambia—leading to an especially strong infusion of African comics in her teaching.

Andrea Duffy

Email: andrea.duffy@colostate.edu

Andrea Duffy has been teaching at Colorado State University since Fall 2010, and has served as Director of International Studies since Fall 2013. In addition to administrative duties, she teaches INST core curriculum courses as well as courses in European, Islamic, and World History, and Honors. Andrea Duffy is a scholar of modern global environmental history. Her current research investigates the social impacts of environmental policy on subaltern populations in the Mediterranean region during the colonial era. She shares my students' thirst for knowledge about the wider world and passion for international experiences and cross-cultural communication. She has studied nearly a dozen languages, including French, German, Arabic, and Turkish. Andrea Duffy has visited 24 countries in five continents and has lived in France and Turkey. She hopes to continue to travel and learn much more.  

Melissa Edwards

email: Melissa.Edwards@colostate.edu

Dr. Melissa Edwards received her PhD in cell and molecular biology here, at Colorado State University. Her dissertation work focused on a family of unique proteins and their role in immunological tumorigenesis. She possesses an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She often characterizes herself as a scientist by trade and an anthropologist at heart as she approaches science as a construct defined by the surrounding culture.

Dr. Edwards enjoys spending her energies towards expanding student’s perception of what research is and how they can get involved during their undergraduate years. In addition to her Honors Faculty position, Dr. Edwards is an Associate Director in the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry (OURA). There, she coordinates the Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars (HURS) program and the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) symposium among other things. Dr. Edwards’ passions include enhancing STEM literacy and education, representation of minorities in higher education, and fostering international collaborations.

Charles Elkins

email: clelkins@comcast.net

Charles Elkins served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1964-1966 before receiving his Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University. After teaching for 28 years at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, he moved to Colorado. He has taught classes for CSU in the English department and the College of Liberal Arts since 2001, and he joined the Honors Program in 2007. His teaching interests center on the relationships between literature, science, and the social sciences. Professor Elkins has taught seminars for the Honors Program on social identity, the nature of work in America, the function of narrative, and the relationships between art and social change.

Mary Elkins

email: mjelkins29@comcast.net

Mary J. Elkins holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Southern Illinois University. She taught in the English Department at Florida International University in Miami for 20 years before moving to Colorado. She has been a member of the Honors Program faculty since 2002. Her teaching interests revolve around American Studies (including literature, history, and philosophy). Her courses, including "The American West", "America: the Immigrant Nation", and "America and the Civil War", are attempts to address the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" Professor Elkins received the Honors Prof award in 2011.


Peter Erickson

email: peter.erickson@colostate.edu

Peter Erickson is an Assistant Professor of German at Colorado State University.  His research focuses on the intersection of literature, art, and religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  For his dissertation at the University of Chicago, “Religious Conversion in the Late German Enlightenment: Goethe, Schiller, Wieland,” he used archival research to show how religious conversion narrative helped shape the development of the modern novel.

Prior to joining Colorado State, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Oakland University in Michigan (2014-2016).

His research has been supported by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Recent courses include:

  •   LGER 251: "The Holocaust in Literature and Film"
  •   HONR 292: "The Problem of Pain"
  •   LGER 310: "Dangerous Minds: An Introduction to German Crime Fiction"
  •   LGER 452: "Race and Empire: Colonial Encounters in German Literature"
  •   LGER 492: "The City and Modern Life"

Kevin Foskin

email: kevin.foskin@colostate.edu

Kevin Foskin has been teaching at CSU since 1991 and is currently the director of the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts BA degree program, one of several interdepartmental programs in the College of Liberal Arts. He earned his BA in English in 1988 and a MFA in Creative Writing in 1991, both from Colorado State University. He has taught courses in Creative Writing, Contemporary/Comparative Literature, Drama, contemporary Documentary/Narrative Film studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. His research interests include: Contemporary European Fiction, especially the Irish short story since 1990, the works of Samuel Beckett, Narrative Studies and theory, fictionality and Film Worlds, fascination and documentary film’s fascination with the real. He is currently working on a novel in progress and a book, 100 Fictions, Topological Investigation of Fictional Moments, from Cervantes to Roberto Bolaño via Jane Austen. Professor Foskin has taught past seminars for the Honors Program on topics such as ghosts and textuality, conceptualizations of the artistic moment, and ways of knowing-human in sci-fi narrative constructions.

Francie Glycenfer

email: frances.glycenfer@colostate.edu

Francie Glycenfer received a MA in Dance and a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado - Boulder which gives her teaching a unique interdisciplinary perspective . She has been on the dance faculty at San Jose State University, Colorado State University and Foothills College. She has served as an Executive Co-Director for the TriMedia Film Festival, a national level festival featuring film, TV and theater, for seven years. She joined the Honors faculty in 2005 and currently teaches creativity seminars, "Wild Thinking: Creativity in Art & Business," "Move It!," and "The Passion Within: Adventures in Creativity." These seminars encourage both individual and societal approaches to exploring the potential of creativity in our lives through science as well as psychological perspectives. Her newest seminar entitled “Passion in Action: Philanthropy in Walking with the Poor” empowers students to maximize their passion to serve others.

Aparna Gollapudi


Aparna Gollapudi, Associate Professor. Ph.D., English, University of Connecticut; B.A., M.A., M.Phil., English, Delhi University, India. Professor Gollapudi teaches courses in 18th-century British literature, literary theory, modern women writers, and text-image interactions in a variety of genres. Her research interests are diverse and include eighteenth century theatre culture, history of gender, and children's literature and culture. In addition to many journal articles, Professor Gollapudi 's publications include a book, Moral Reform in Comedy and Culture, 1696-1742 (Ashgate, 2011) which discusses the socio-political and performative implications of reform plots in early eighteenth-century comedies by playwrights such as Cibber, Steele, Centlivre, Johnson, and Hoadly.

Roze Hentschell

email: roze.hentschell@colostate.edu

Roze is the interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English with a specialization in early modern studies. Her book, The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity, a study of the English wool industry and trade from 1580-1615, was published by Ashgate Press. She is also the co-editor of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, with Amanda Bailey (Palgrave) and Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations, with Kathy Lavezzo (U of Delaware Press ). Other recent publications include: “The Cultural Geography of St Paul’s Cathedral Precinct” in The Age of Shakespeare (ed. R. Malcolm Smuts. Oxford University Press) and “Paul’s Work: The Campaign for the Renovation of St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1561-1620” in Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion, 1520-1640. (ed. Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood, Brill Publishing). She is currently completing a monograph on the cultural geography of St. Paul’s Cathedral Precinct.

Sonja Hollingsworth

email: Sonja.Hollingsworth@colostate.edu

Dr. Sonja Hollingsworth is a Special Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies who teaches courses related to speech pedagogy and instructional communication. Spending her career devoted to teaching and learning, Dr. Hollingsworth has served students at every age from elementary to graduate level. In conjunction with her work at CSU, she also serves as a part-time secondary English teacher and Gifted/Talented Coordinator in Poudre School District.

With a Ph.D. in the field of Education, Dr.H.'s publications specialize in the interplay between communication and educational dynamics. A majority of her research examines identity in critical, cultural, and educational contexts, and her essays and book chapters have featured in multiple national and international texts in the fields of Education and Communication Studies.  She also combines her love of international travel with her love of education and designs service learning trips for middle school aged students each year traveling to destinations like Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica.

In her free time, she is heavily engaged in the health and fitness industry as an international kickboxing trainer and group fitness instructor. She also enjoys steadily chopping away at her 5k times by running competitive races. She and her husband Ben can be found in Fort Collins enjoying the gym, their four dogs and two kids, stand up paddleboarding, and jazz music in Old Town.

Dana Hoag

email: Dana.Hoag@ColoState.edu

Dr. Dana Hoag is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  His teaching is focused on production agriculture, natural resources and policy.  He is involved in many research projects and helping policy makers, farmers and government agencies make good decisions about how to balance production and resources.  His projects in natural resources include soil and water conservation, markets for trading water pollutants, and ecosystem policy. His agricultural research has examined the political economy of farm programs, use of sexed semen in dairies, risk and uncertainty, and tradeoffs between profits and environmental damages from pesticides and nutrients.  Dr. Hoag has also done research in Bolivia, China, Africa ,and several other international locations; he recently directed a program for research on the impacts of climate change on livestock producers in East Africa.   Dr. Hoag is passionate about the outdoors, especially mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.

Keith Jaggers

email: keith.jaggers@colostate.edu 

Keith Jaggers holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to teaching in the Honors Program since 2002, he is a member of the Political Instability Task Force, a CIA-sponsored project that attempts to identify early warning indicators of state failure, democratic retrenchment and political violence across the globe. His teaching interests are currently focused on the topics of anti-Americanism, globalization and the philosophy of freedom. He was awarded the Honors Prof Award in 2007.


Dave Johnson

email: Dave.Johnson@colostate.edu

Dave Johnson is the Director of Research & Analytics at Colorado State University Online where he and his team support assessment and educational research at CSU. He directs IT, applications support, web and software development, analytics, and instructional design for CSU Online. And, he serves as the functional lead for building learning analytics capacity across the institution. Dave has a decade of experience teaching all levels of undergraduate education, from freshman to seniors, and he employs his background in research and teaching support CSU’s goals and mission as a research and teaching-focused land grant university.

Dave’s research and writing has focused on the so-called negative sides of non-human and human nature, including wastelands, trash-issues, and animals that no one seems to like. His co-edited volume, Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013.

Joon Kim

email: joon.kim@colostate.edu

Dr. Joon K. Kim is a professor and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies and a faculty associate in the Department of Sociology. His research areas include the political economy of labor, international labor migration, civil society activism, politics of race (via affirmative action, immigration, citizenship), and multiculturalism. His article, "The Political Economy of the Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-1964" (Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2004), won the ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award at the Centennial Meeting of the Organization of American Historians. With a grant from the Korea Foundation, Dr. Kim organized an international conference titled "Multicultural East Asia" at CSU and co-edited the Special Issue volume for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship.


Clara Keyt 

email: Clara.Keyt@colostate.edu

Clara Keyt is a Public Historian and has worked for government entities and corporations, assisting them in cultural and natural resource management.  Her career started with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she researched intersections of commercial fisheries and off-shore oil drilling.  Dr. Keyt has also produced dozens of chapter-length reports on cultural and natural resource management, historic preservation, and water and soil remediation for National Parks Service, City of Phoenix, Public Lands History Center, and large and mid-size corporations. Dr.  Keyt holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Public and Environmental History.  She teaches classes in the Department of History on African-American and American Indian histories, and the American South. 

John Kitchens

email: John.Kitchens@colostate.edu

John Kitchens received his B.A. in English from Colorado State University, and he has happily returned to teach at his alma mater. In addition to teaching for the Honors Program, John teaches courses in Liberal Arts and International Studies. He has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Louisiana State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. He also earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he studied critical pedagogy, media literacy, and issues involving the intersections of education and identity. His research interests include Cultural Studies and the philosophy of European modernism and postmodernism, particularly the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and French theorists ranging from Guy Debord to Jean Baudrillard. Originally from Alabama, he also appreciates Southern literature and history. He has led workshops at national conferences on interdisciplinary approaches to education and arts integration. He enjoys travel, both abroad and in the States, and he is the unexpected founder of a condiment company that produces hot sauces, ketchups, and mustard. 

Jen Krafchick

email: jen.krafchick@colostate.edu

Jen Krafchick
Jen Krafchick, Ph.D., CFLE is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and has served on the Honors Faculty since 2008.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women's Studies and member of the Honors Faculty Council. In the Honors program Dr. Krafchick teaches courses on sexuality and gender related topics.  She also co-directs the CSU Campus Corps Therapeutic Mentoring Program , coordinates the HDFS Internship program, and teaches numerous other courses related to families and relationships.  She currently conducts research on mentoring, at-risk youth, service-learning, and women faculty.  Prior to her current positions at CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as the Assistant Director at Women’s Programs & Studies (now the Women and Gender Advocacy Center) providing support and advocacy services to members of the campus community impacted by interpersonal violence and operated a private practice as an individual, couple, and family therapist. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands from 1996-1998.  Dr. Krafchick received the Honors Prof Award in 2010 and the Alumni Associations Best Teacher Award in 2011. 

Melinda Laituri


Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography at Colorado State University in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Laituri received her PhD from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in geography. Her dissertation research focused on environmental equity and groundwater resources in the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border. Dr. Laituri accepted a post doc at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and shifted to a lecturer position. She is a Fulbright Scholar and spent 2010 in Botswana. She is a Rachel Carson Fellow at the Environment and Society Unit at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, where she conducted comparative research of major rivers. She is a Jefferson Science Fellow and was assigned to the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues. She is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University affiliated with the Center for Geographic Analysis. Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU (gis.colostate.edu) that provides information and support for GIS activities, education, and outreach at her institution and in Colorado. Laituri is a former National Science Foundation program officer in Geography and Spatial Sciences. Laituri’s research interests are diverse. She has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. A key focus is participatory GIS where indigenous peoples develop spatial information and maps essential for their management of their own resources. Other research work focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management, gender and water issues, and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management.

María del Carmen López Ramírez 

email: maria.lopez_ramirez@colostate.edu

María del Carmen López Ramírez is a Senior Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Colorado State University. She has a B.A. in Business and Tourism from the University of Cádiz (Spain), and a B.A. and M.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish from Colorado State University. She has worked at CSU since 2012, where she teaches Spanish courses as well as International Studies core curriculum courses and Honors program courses. Her teaching interests are currently focused on the topics of globalization and immigration. She was nominated in 2014 for the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award and is the recipient of the 2014 College of Liberal Arts Curricular Innovation Award. She is a fellow of the CSU Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence.

Anne Marie Merline

email: anne.merline@colostate.edu

Anne Marie Merline, Ph.D. began teaching at CSU in 1998 for the Sociology department where she taught classes on Gender Roles, General Sociology, Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations, and Social Stratification. She has been teaching full time with the Honors Program since 2003 and has taught courses on issues such as: Public Education and Inequality, Consumerism and its Effect on the Environment, American Voting Rights History, Human Rights, Expressions and Ideas of Community, and Literature of The Beat Generation. She is the recipient of the 2006 Honors Prof Award.


Janice Moore

email: janice.moore@colostate.edu

Janice Moore is a Professor of Biology at Colorado State, where she has been on the faculty for over thirty years.  She is a graduate of Rice University (B.A., Biology), the University of Texas at Austin (M. A., Zoology), and the University of New Mexico (Ph.D., Biology).  In studying how parasites influence animal behavior, she has ranged from pillbugs to snails, from cockroaches to mosquitoes (and of course, their attendant parasites and the other animals that have those parasites!), not to mention human behavior and flu vaccines, parasite communities in birds, and what pet obituaries say about the human-animal bond.  Janice has written numerous scientific articles, and has been an editor or author of five books. Her work has been covered nationally and internationally in a variety of textbooks and by the popular press. She was the 2009 Willard O. Eddy Professor (Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences) and received the Exemplar Award of the Animal Behavior Society in 2016. She’s been lucky to teach things she loves-- Invertebrate Zoology and Animal Behavior, along with numerous Honors breakout and 1-credit seminars—and she’s now happily added HONR 292A to that list.  Her idea of a really, really good day is some exercise, some chocolate, and walking along the Thames (sunshine, please?) with a ticket to Shakespeare’s Globe.






Carlos Olivo-Delgado

email: carlos.olivo-delgado@colostate.edu

Carlos joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University in 2015. Since then, he has been teaching for the general chemistry program and advising first year and transfer students. Carlos grew up in a small town on the southeastern corner of Puerto Rico. He is half Cuban, half Puerto Rican. As a person, he is passionate for cooking, reading about natural history and watching TV. He also used to play the flute. As a scholar, he likes to research in chemical education and environmental toxicology, focusing on waterborne contaminants that affect human and animal health. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2001 and his master’s degree in environmental science in 2003 from Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, PR. Later, he received his doctorate in chemistry education in 2007 from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and finished a PhD in history in Spring 2017. In his professional career, Carlos has served in several teaching and administrative roles, including working with TRIO programs, Honors students and developing curricula for pre-service science teachers. Previously to relocating to Colorado, he served as Associate Dean of Science at Universidad del Turabo from 2011 to 2015.


Michael Pante

email: michael.pante@colostate.edu

Dr. Pante is a paleoanthropologist interested in the evolution and feeding behavior of early members of the human genus (Homo). His current work is at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania where he is the senior zooarchaeologist for the Olduvai Gorge Coring Project (OGCP). Dr. Pante examines the butchery and tooth marks left by both human ancestors and carnivores on fossils to unravel the feeding behavior and ecology of early humans. His current research is focused on understanding the impact of meat and marrow consumption on human evolution through the study of 1.5-1.8 million-year-old fossil assemblages. These assemblages coincide with a technological revolution that occurred when our ancestors abandoned the first and most primitive stone technology, called the Oldowan, and began to produce more sophisticated stone tools known as Acheulean handaxes. This transition was a pivotal moment in human evolution and is associated with the appearance of a new species, Homo erectus, and with a dietary shift towards increasing carnivory that may have been central to the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens. Dr. Pante has published his research in leading anthropology journals including the Journal of Human Evolution and Journal of Archaeological Science.



Jana Raadik Cottrell


Dr. Jana Raadik is an instructor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resrouces at Colorado State University and also a tourism lecturer/researcher at Kuresaare College of Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Jana is a nature-based tourism specialist with an expertise on island community development via sustainable tourism. She completed her PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) at Colorado State University and MS degree at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and is an adjunct instructor with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Raadik has several years of experience in international resort management and marketing in Europe and also managing her own travel agency overseas, focusing on rural tourism. Currently she is an academic coordinator for an international summer school in sustainable tourism in Estonia, with partnering institutions from France, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and UK. Her research focuses on sustainable tourism development on islands and sense of place. Present projects include second homeowners’ studies in island communities and collaborative conservation efforts within protected areas in Europe. Jana is an island girl, who spent her childhood on the westernmost island of the former Soviet Union, which was separated from the rest of the world by the “Iron Curtain.” With her passion in sailing, she is always ready to explore what is behind the horizon.


Doug Sheflin

email: douglas.sheflin@colostate.edu

Doug Sheflin's primary appointment is in the Department of History, where he teaches courses in a variety of topics and time periods in American history.  His research interests include environmental history, history of the American West, and history of American foreign relations.  His first book, which will come out early 2019, details the legacies of the Dust Bowl in Colorado and focuses especially on how land use and labor regimes in southeastern Colorado changed as a result of the worst ecological disaster in American history.










Mark Simmons

email: psimmons@rams.colostate.edu

Mark is a professor in the Department of Biology as well as the curator of the Colorado State University Herbarium. Mark has a B.A. in biology from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Cornell University. Mark's research program consists of two interrelated components: systematics of the flowering-plant family Celastraceae (the spindle-tree family), and conceptual aspects of molecular phylogenetics (using genomic data to reconstruct evolutionary relationships among species). For the latter Mark often challenges untested assumptions in scientific publications. Mark teaches "The Process and Publication of Science" for the CSU Honors Program based on his experiences as an author of over 100 papers; a reviewer for over 80 different books, journals, and grant panels; and associate editor for three journals.

William Timpson

email: william.timpson@colostate.edu

Dr. William M. Timpson is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University, Bill went on to teach junior and senior high school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio before completing a doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While continuing to work with teachers and staff at various levels of schooling, he has directed faculty development efforts at three different research universities and written extensively on postsecondary instruction and innovation as well as how complex and compelling issues can best be taught and learned.

Professor Timpson originated the popular first year Honors seminar on Peacemaking: Skills for Negotiating Life; Making Peace with Self, Others and the Planet. In this seminar he draws on his extensive international experiences, in particular, for a case-based approach to finding common ground.

Pamela Vaughan Knaus

email: pam.vaughan_knaus@colostate.edu

Dr. Knaus received a Ph.D. in Historical Studies in 1996 from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis on American immigration law and United States foreign policy. She joined the University Honors Program in 2009, and offers seminars that examine the United States in the 1960s, and America & Vietnam. Her History Department courses include “Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam” and “United States 1877-1917".

Nicole Vieira

email: nicole.vieira@colostate.edu

Nicole Vieira earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2002, with a dissertation on how wildfires impact stream function and aquatic organisms. She also holds an MS in Fish and Wildlife Biology from CSU (1997), and BS degrees in Civil Engineering and Biology from University of Illinois (1994).  Her career started in the Aquatic Research Unit of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), where she investigated the impacts of disturbances (e.g., pollution, water diversion) on Colorado fisheries. While at CPW, she also served as their water quality expert, testifying on Superfund restoration cases, and working with the Attorney General's office, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and stakeholder groups on pollutions standards and advisories. She contributed to popular media projects, including PBS's Frontline piece on the Pebble Mine, and the documentary "Tapped.” Nicole moved back to CSU in 2011 to share her passion for fish and wildlife conservation with students. She was an assistant professor and advisor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, where she taught courses in fisheries, conservation, research study design, and ecology.  She joined the Honors Program in 2016, and teaches seminars that address wildlife conservation challenges in light of global humanities and cultural issues.

Vicki Volbrecht

Email: vicki.volbrecht@colostate.edu

Vicki Volbrecht received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, before accepting a position at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology.  Her research focuses on color perception, in particular 1) what are the neural mechanisms mediating color perception in the peripheral retina, 2) how do color patches that appear different in isolation combine to give an uniform hue percept when the patch is made larger,  and 3) how is color information processed at the cortical level.   


Emily Wilson

Email: emily.s.wilson@colostate.edu

Dr. Emily Wilson is an archaeologist interested in the civilizations of the Mediterranean, specifically Ancient Greece and Anatolia.  She has excavated in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.  She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and M.A.’s from CU and the University of Chicago prior to receiving her PhD in 2018 from Chicago.  Her dissertation focused upon the intersection of trade and religion in Ancient Anatolia and how it manifested and encouraged the expression of an Ionian Greek identity from c. 800-500 BCE.

 In her free time, Emily enjoys typical "Colorado" activities including hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and horseback riding.  She also spends time watching her chickens peck around the yard.



Sarah Zwick-Tapley

Email: sarah.zwick-tapley@colostate.edu

Sarah Zwick-Tapley has worked professionally as an actor, director and comic. She received her MFA in Acting from a joint program between American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and a BA in Acting from Illinois State University .  A member of Actors Equity Association, Ms. Zwick-Tapley’s acting credits include American RepertoryTheatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, the Guthrie, the Moscow Art Theatre and the Kennedy Center in Washington , D.C.  Sarah has worked with such artists as David Mamet, Lee Breuer, Robert Woodruff, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Russian theatre scholar Anatoly Smeliansky.  She is the owner of the consulting company, Zwick-Tapley Communications, a consulting company teaching non-theatre professionals how to approach public speaking as a theatrical art.



Faculty who Teach Honors Courses


  Aaron J Sholders (P)


  Aaron J Sholders (P)


  Jennifer G DeLuca (P), Chaoping Chen


  Tod R Clapp (P), Kenneth Ivie , Carolyn Meyer


  Christianne Magee (P)


  Charles W Miller (P), Deborah A Roess


  Tod R Clapp (P)


  Deborah A Roess (P)




  Shane Kanatous (P)


  Lisa Maria Angeloni (P)


  Janice K Moore (P)


  Christine N Prins (P)


  Deborah Marie Garrity (P), Christine N Prins


  Cameron K Ghalambor (P)


  William F Shuster (P)


  Matthew J Kipper (P)


  Jorge A Ramirez (P)


  Karen Ils Gebhardt (P)


  Branislav M Notaros (P)




  David P Gilkey (P)


  Christopher W Stein (P)


  Catherine A Kennedy (P)


  Eric D Ross (P), Thomas James Santangelo


  Jeffrey C Hansen (P)


  Eric D Ross (P), Jeffrey C Hansen


  William H Clements (P)


  Ruth A Hufbauer (P)


  Burton A Deines (P)


  D Todd Donavan (P)


  Peter A Muller (P)


  Donald A Klein (P)


  Jennifer Lynn McLean (P)


  Erica L Suchman (P)


  Erica L Suchman (P)


  Kurt Kraiger (P)


  Alyssa Danielle Marshall (P)


  John R Brouillette (P)