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Volume 60, Issue 1

September 4, 2009

New instructors join UCCS faculty ranks

More than 30 new faculty members from across the nation and around the world joined UCCS this fall, most of them as non-tenured instructors. Brief introductions follow.

Gina Baldoni-Rus, instructor of English in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, most recently taught English as a second language to individuals for the Language Trainers Corporation, Old Tappan, N.J. Her recent experience teaching classes was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was teaching Italian language and grammar. She also earned her B.A. in Italian studies and M.A. in foreign language and literature from UW-Madison. In addition to her expertise in linguistics, her research areas of study include medieval, renaissance, and modern literature.

Carson BennettCarson Bennett, instructor of English in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, taught analytical and argumentative writing at the University of New Mexico before coming to UCCS. He holds a B.A. in English from Colorado College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from UNM. He is the author of articles appearing in The Santa Fean Magazine, New West Magazine, and the Colorado Springs Independent. He has extensive background in curriculum development, which includes designing curriculum and teaching materials for the African Leadership Academy, South Africa.

Andrea Brehm,instructor of Languages and Cultures in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, worked in the UCCS Language Technology Center for a few years, tutoring students in French and German, and helping them write assignments in those languages. She holds certification as a commercial correspondent in English and French from the Sprachschule Inlingua at Frankfort, Germany as well as a UCCS B.A. in Distributed Studies.. She earned her teaching M.A. at Colorado College. She also practices weight lifting and long distance running.

Susan DavisSusan Davis, clinical instructor, Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is a staff nurse for Memorial Hospital, serving at Briargate Urgent Care, Springs Medical Urgent Care and the Wound Healing Center. Her range of experiences includes patient triage, coronary care and EKG interpretation. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from American University, Washington, D.C. Until recently, her instructing and nursing duties overlapped with teaching responsibilities at the High Country Christian Academy in Colorado Springs, where she taught high school history, geography and government classes.

Craig Elder, instructor, Health Science, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, joins UCCS from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., where, as an associate professor, he directed the athletic training education program and coordinated graduate programs for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. He has extensive experience in drug education and rehabilitation.

Ying Fan, instructor of Management in the College of Business came to UCCS from the University of Western Ontario, where she taught operations management and performed extensive research in management systems. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing. Her research interests include service operations, service quality and green product development.

Susan Finger, instructor of English in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, is a freelance writer and editor with experience teaching writing and rhetoric at UCCS and English composition at Pikes Peak Community College. She earned a B.A. in sociology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and an M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla. As a volunteer, she chaired a benefit that raised $7,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Eileen Gerrard-GoughEileen Gerrard-Gough, instructor, Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is a clinical instructor in mental health nursing, health promotion and nursing leadership development who has served Beth-El for several years. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nursing from the University of Florida. Her experiences include a career in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and community liaison duties.

Paul GuidryPaul Guidry, instructor, Criminal Justice, in the School of Public Affairs, has a history with UCCS as a guest lecturer in SPA, andcompleted research on concealed weapons on campus. He holds criminal justice degrees that include an A.S. from South Louisiana Community College, a B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an M.C.J. from UCCS. His areas of specialization include corrections, police process and ethics, comparative criminal justice systems, and criminology.

Nicole HuberNicole Huber, instructor of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, recently served at California State University at Chico, Chico, Calif., teaching laboratory courses in human anatomy and microbiology. Her experiences also include authoring and designing teaching materials for high school Internet classes and teaching diving. She earned a B.A. in Economics and French Language and Literature and an M.S. in Exercise and Sport studies from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from CSU-Chico. She earned many awards and honors as a student and a teacher. She is the daughter of Tom Huber, professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Carole Huber, senior instructor, Geography and Environmental Studies.

Gail Katz, assistant professor, clinical track, Nursing, in the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, recently served at CU-Denver. As an assistant professor there she was a clinical simulation coordinator and educator. She earned a B.S. in animal science from Colorado State University before focusing on nursing degrees, which include a B.S. from Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, and an M.S. and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from CU-Denver. Her recent experience involved many aspects of nursing and clinical simulation, as well as risk management, loss prevention and case management.

Peter Koenig, instructor of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, recently taught biology and ecology lab and lecture classes at Pikes Peak Community College. He earned his B.A. from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and his M.S. from California State University, Fullerton. His research experience includes environmental science, ecology, botany and evolution. He has a special interest in invasive species and effects on the environment caused by changes in precipitation patterns.

Nancy Latka, instructor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, comes to UCCS with experience teaching a variety of high school classes and supervising student teachers as well as mentoring them, evaluating their performances, and conducting workshops. Holding a B.A. in Journalism and History from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and an M.S. in Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., she also studied in Italy.

Sherry Lee, instructor, Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has served Beth-El in many capacities. She served on the staff of many clinics and hospitals in the region and earned her B.S.N. and M.S.N. from UCCS. She studied at Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado Technical University as well. She has expertise in clinical instruction and health assessment.

Kristin LeemanKristin Leeman, instructor in the Kraemer Family Library, helped to develop The HistoryMakers, one of the most comprehensiveoral history video archives ever created. She coordinated all aspects of the project, promoted it as an educational public program, and organized all materials and files used in the research. She earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her specialties include writing grants for research projects, library technical services, and archiving.

Michael Martinez, instructor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs, comes to UCCS after teaching at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he applied criminal justice experience to the classroom. He earned a B.S. in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State College and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from CU-Denver. He has experience in career guidance, developing course curriculum and other aspects of on-line criminal justice teaching.

Denise Millot, instructor, Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is a staff nurse at Memorial Hospital and a clinical instructor at Colorado State University with a range of expertise in pediatrics and management. She earned her B.S.N. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va., and her M.S.N. from Graceland University, Independence, Mo. Her nursing experience spans more than thirty years.

George Rus, instructor of Mathematics in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, came to UCCS from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught nine different courses and created all syllabi. His degrees include a B.S. from the University of Bucharest, Romania, an M.S. from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee. His research interests include probability and numerical analysis.

Jefferson Spicher, assistant professor, clinical track, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been involved in many capacities with Beth-El for several years, most recently as a senior clinical instructor and scheduling and managing clinical services for the El Paso County Medical Clinic. He earned a B.S. in Biology Education from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonberg, Va., and B.S. and M.S. nursing degrees from University of Virginia, before earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the CU Health Sciences Center. He has more than two decades of nursing experience, much of it as a family nurse practitioner.

Regina WintersRegina Winters, senior instructor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs, recently taught political science at Iowa State University. She earned Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Political Science and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., before earning a Ph. D. in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her career has involved various aspects of public administration, volunteer management and nonprofit organizations and her areas of research include organizational theory, citizen participation and community-based organization. She is also an accomplished flautist who gives private lessons and performs at weddings and other occasions.

Dana Wortman, senior instructor of Game Design in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, recently taught game design, web design and interactive media, and developed curriculum at the Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, Va. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., before earning a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md. She served as a NASA Faculty Fellow and as a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Her research experience includes using graphics to visualize data trends and patterns, and applying visualization to patterns and information for academic purposes, as well as haptics, which involve user interface using the sense of touch.


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