Faculty Affiliates

Any UCCS faculty member engaged in relevant global intercultural scholarship is welcome to become an affiliate. Affiliates are expected to promote the culture that is necessary to facilitate the highest level of global intercultural-related scholarship at UCCS. Affiliates are also expected to encourage partnerships with representatives of global intercultural communities, enhance UCCS visibility in global intercultural research, and mobilize external resources. To become a Faculty Research Affiliate, send an email request, along with a copy of a current curriculum vitae, to the Center Director (eskop@uccs.edu).

Arielle Cassiday
Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
 acassida@uccs.edu   |  COLU 327
        M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
        B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University 
Area of Interest: International Affairs, Urban water access 


Samantha Christiansen
Assistant Professor, Department of History
 schrist3@uccs.edu  |  COLU 2049
        Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston
        M.A., Northeastern University, Boston
        B.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs  
Area of Interest: Modern south Asia, Global Sixties, Global South Political and Urban History, Sub-Saharan Africa, Gender and Identity. 


Minette Church
Associate Professor of Anthropology
mchurch@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3064 |  CENT 124
        Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
        M.A., University of Pennsylvania
        B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
Area of Interest: Belize, Central America, and U.S.-Mexico borderlands, focusing on archaeology of parenting and childhood.



Michele Companion
Professor of Sociology
mcompani@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4141  |  ACAD 425
        Ph.D., University of Arizona 
        M.A., University of Arizona
        B.A., University of Massachusetts 
Area of Interest: Cultural Survival


Edgar Cota
Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Cultures
ecota@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3817 |  DW 247E
        Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
        M.A., San Diego State University 
        B.A., San Diego State University 
Area of Interest:  Cultural and Literary Studies, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Latin America


 Diep Dao
Assistant Professor of Geography
tdao@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4025|  COLU 2035
        Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
        M.Sc., University of Calgary, Canada
        B.E., University of New South Wales, Australia
Area of Interest: GIScience, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Spatial Big Data Analytics


Michelle Dorne
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
mdorne@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5166 |  CENT 118
       Ph.D., University of Nevada 
        M.A., California State University
        B.A., University of California  
Area of Interest: Human Behavioral Ecology; The Philippines 


Ying Fan
Assistant Professor of Operations Management, College of Business and Administration
yfan@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5166 |  DWIR 228
        Ph.D., Richard Ivey School of Business 
        M.A., Beijing Jiaotong University
        B.A., Beijing Jiaotong University
Area of Interest: Impact of Culture on Business Operations


Juan M. Gallego-Toledo
Instructor of Marketing, College of Business
 jgalle12@uccs.edu  |  719 255 3741 |  DWIRE 306
        PsyD., University of the Rockies.
        Master´s of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management.
        B.A., Central Michigan University 
Area of Interest: Organizational Development, Sales & Marketing, Cross-Cultural Negotiations. 


Brandon Gavett
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
 bgavett@uccs.edu  |  719 255 4135 |  COLU 4047
        Ph.D., University of Albany, State University of New York
        B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo  
Area of Interest: Advanced Psychometrics, neuropsychological test validity, differential diagnosis, and clinical decision-making. 


Cerian Gibbes
Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
cgibbes@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3534 |  COLU 2033
        Ph.D., University of Florida
        M.S., University of Florida
        B.S., University of Florida
Area of Interest: Climate-land Interactions; Human-Environment Interactions   


Daphne Greenwood
Director of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies/Professor of Economics 
dgreenwo@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4031 |  ACAD 205
        Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
        M.A., University of Houston
        B.A., Northern Illinois University  
Area of Interest: Ecological Economics; Quality of Life


Mandy Hansen
Director, International Affairs
 mhansen2@uccs.edu  |  719-255-7528 |  Copper House 9202
        Ed.D., Northern Arizona University.
        M.A., Alfred University.
        B.A., University of Pittsburgh. 
Area of Interest: International student mobility, women and leadership, strategic international enrollment management, and international student engagement. 


John Harner
Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies

jharner@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4054 |  COLU 2013

        Ph.D., Arizona State University
        M.A., Arizona State University
        B.S., The Pennsylvania State University   
Area of Interest: Urban and Cultural Geography; Mexico; GIS


Spencer Harris
Assistant Professor in the College of Business in Marketing/Sport Management
sharris2@uccs.edu |  719-255-4310 |  DWIR 313B
        Ph.D., Loughborough University
        M.A., University of Gloucestershire
        B.A.,  University of North London   
Area of Interest: Sport Governance and Sport Policy; Sports Marketing; International Sport for Development and Peace 


David Havlick
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
dhavlick@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4906 |  COLU 2015
        Ph.D., University of North Carolina
        M.S., University of Montana
        A.B., Darthmouth College  
Area of Interest: Militarized Landscapes; Environmental Restoration; Germany


Andrea Herrera
Director/Professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies (WEST)
aherrera@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4001 |  ACAD 426
        Ph.D., University of Delaware
        M.A., West Chester University  
        B.A., Saint Joseph's University
Area of Interest: Hispanic Literature and Culture


Sandy Ho
Director, Excel Languages Center (LC)
 sho@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3691 |  Copper House 9202
        Ed.D., University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
        M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
        B.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Area of Interest: Communication, Leadership, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy.


Curtis Holder
Professor and Department Chair of Geography and Environmental Studies
cholder@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4097 |  COLU 2037
        Ph.D., Clark University
        M.A., University of Georgia
        B.A., Clark University   
Area of Interest: Ecohydrology; Biogeography; Human-Environment Interactions; Latin America


Christina Jimenez
Associate Professor of History
cjimenez@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4076 |  COLU 2059
        Ph.D., University of California
        M.A., University of California
        B.A., Georgetown University   
Area of Interest: Latin America/Chicano History


Jennifer Kling
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
 jkling@uccs.edu  |  COLU Third Floor
        Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
        M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder.
        B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Area of Interest: Social and Political Philosophy, Normative and Applied Ethics, Feminism, Medieval Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Race.


Irina Kopteva
Lecturer of Geography and Environmental Studies
ikopteva@uccs.edu |  719-255-4063 |  COLU 1058
        Ph.D., Saint Petersburg State University
        M.S., Saint Petersburg State University 
Area of Interest: Atmosphere Circulation and Its Impacts on a Global Scale


Anna Kosloski
Assistant Professor & BACJ Director, School of Public Affairs
 akoslosk@uccs.edu  | (719) 255-4044 |  ACAD 308
        Ph.D., Iowa State University.
        M.S., Iowa State University.
        B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris.
Area of Interest: Intersections of gender, class, race and crime, Corrections and Mental Health (antisocial behavior, program evaluation, and policy intervention), Human Trafficking (perspectives, demand, responses to, and intersections of race, class, gender), Teaching and Learning.


Michael Landon-Murray
Assistant Professor of School of Public Affairs
mlandonm@uccs.edu |  719-255-4185 |  ACAD 312
        Ph.D., University of Albany
        M.A., University of Pittsburgh
        B.A., University of Buffalo 
Area of Interest: Homeland Security; Security Education


 Rebecca Laroche
Professor of Department of English
rlaroche@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4035 |  COLU 1051
        Ph.D., Yale University 
        B.A., Bates College 
Area of Interest: Historical Recipes from Germany, England, Canada, and US



David Lee
Lecturer in the College of Business
dlee4@uccs.edu  |  719-964-4607 |  DWIR 102


Suzanne MacAulay
Professor and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
smacaula@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3865 |  COLU 2001
        Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
        M.A., University of Colorado
        B.A., University of Minnesota
Area of Interest: Art History and Folklore


Katherine Mack
Associate Professor of English
kmack@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4045 |  COLU 1043
        Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
        M.A., University of California, Irvine
        B.A., Columbia University
Area of Interest: Cultural Rhetorics of Contemporary South Africa


Roger Martinez
Assistant Professor of History
rmartin8@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4070 |  COLU 2053
        Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
        M.P.P., University of California-Berkeley
        B.A., University of Texas at Austin
Area of Interest: Jews, Catholics, and Converses in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain and the Americas; Late Modern Europe


Suhaan Mehta
Assistant Professor, Advising: Literature and Education Options
 smehta2@uccs.edu  | (719) 255-4006 |  COLU 1045


Sylvia Mendez
Department Chair, Associate Professor with Tenure, Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF) College of Education
sylvia.martinez@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3476 |  COLU 3057
        Ph.D., University of Kansas
        M.S., Colorado State University
        B.A., Washington State University 
Area of Interest: Study Abroad Programs


Nanna Meyer
Associate Professor of Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
nmeyer2@uccs.edu |  719-255-3760 |  UHAL 308
        Ph.D., University of Utah
        M.S., Arizona State University
        B.S.,  University of Wyoming
Area of Interest: Food Systems; Health; Sustainability


Robert Mitchell
Assistant Professor, College of Education.
 rmitchel@uccs.edu  | (719) 255-3405 |  COLU 1045
        Ph.D., Global Education The Ohio State University.
        M.A., History Northeastern University.
        B.S., Journalism University of Colorado Boulder.
Area of Interest: Middle Eastern education, Rural Education, State-level education policy.


Jeffrey Montez de Oca
Associate Professor of Sociology
jmontezd@uccs.edu |  719-255-4138 |  ACAD 431
        Ph.D., University of Southern California
        M.A., New York University
        B.A.,  University of California at Berkeley
Area of Interest: Social Theory; Social Inequalities; Urban Food Security; Film and Media Studies; American Indian Boarding Schools


Stephen Recca
Executive Director of School of Public Affairs- Center for Human Security (CHS)
srecca2@uccs.edu  |  719-640-4346 |  ACAD 321
        M.A., Naval Postgraduate School and University of Zurich
        B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
Area of Interest: Intelligence and International Security Policy


Jane Rigler
Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
jrigler@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5144|  UHAL 232
        Ph.D.,  University of California at San Diego
        M.A., University of California at San Diego
        B.M., Northwestern University 
Area of Interest: Improvisation, Composition, Flute


Jeffrey Scholes
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
jscholes@uccs.edu |  719-255-4090 |  COLU 4057
        Ph.D., University of Denver
        M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
        B.A., Baylor University
Area of Interest: Religion, Theology, and Popular Culture


Daniel Segal
Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology
dsegal@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4176 |  COLU 4015
        Ph.D., University of Miami
        B.S., Tulane University
Area of Interest: Mental Health and Aging


M. Nate Siebert
Instructor of English/ Lecturer of Geography and Environmental Studies
msiebert@uccs.edu |  COLU 1036
        M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
        B.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Area of Interest: Critical Geopolitics and Radical Geography/ Ecocomposition and Place-Based Literature


Hilary Smith
Assistant Professor of Sociology
hsmith3@uccs.edu |  719-255-3128 |  ACAD 415
        Ph.D., Arizona State University 
        M.S., Arizona State University
        B.S., Texas Christian University  
Area of Interest: Youth Homelessness, Violence Against Girls and Women; The Role of Race/Ethnicity and Gender in Juvenile Court Processes; The Sociology of Drugs; Deviance.


Kimbra Smith
Associate Professor of Anthropology
ksmith5@uccs.edu |  719-255-3555 |  CENT 126
        Ph.D., University of Chicago
        M.A., University of Chicago
        A.B., Princeton University  
Area of Interest: Archaeology and Applied Anthropology in Ecuador and Peru


Colleen Stiles
Instructor-Bachelor of Innovation/Co-Director of BI Program College of Business
cstiles@uccs.edu    |  719-255-5180 |  ULR 104
        Ph.D., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
        M.A., Wake Forest University 
        B.A., University of Minnesota
Area of Interest: Collaborations with Education, Corporate, and Nonprofit Sectors with Leadership Teams and Business


Stephen Suh
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology.
 ssuh@uccs.edu  | 719) 255-4127 |  ACAD 416
        Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Sociology.
        M.A., University of Minnesota, Sociology.
        B.A., University of California – San Diego.
Area of Interest: Intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, migration, and identity, especially in relation to Asian Americans and the Korean diaspora.


Rebecca Theobald
Assistant Professor Research, Geography and Environmental Studies, Adjoint Coordinator Colorado Geographic Alliance
rtheobal@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5217 |  COLU 2024
        Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
        M.A., University of Colorado Boulder
        B.A., Middlebury College  
Area of Interest: Global Systems of Education


 Brandon Vogt
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies 
bvogt@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5146 |  COLU 2011
        Ph.D., Arizona State University 
        M.A., Arizona State University
        B.A., University of Missouri 
Area of Interest: Lightning/Landscape interactions, Geomorphology, GIS


 Robert von Dassanowsky
 Professor of Languages and Cultures Department, Director/Professor of Visual and Performing Arts - Film Studies
rvondass@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3562 |  DWIR 247B
        Ph.D., University of California 
        M.A., University of California
        B.A., University of California 
Area of Interest: Film Theory; International Film


Kee Warner
Professor of Sociology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Inclusion and Academic Engagement
kwarner@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3203 |  MAIN 318
        Ph.D., University of California
        M.A. in Sociology, University of California
        M.A. in Planning and Community Development, University of Colorado at Denver
        B.A., Haverford College 
Area of Interest: Urban Sociology; Chicano Community; Globalization and Development


Yang Wei
Assistant Professor of History
 ywei@uccs.edu |  719-255-8103 | COLU 1009
        Ph.D., Harvard University  
        M.A., University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
        B.A., Nanjing University
Area of Interest: Classical thought in early China to political history of the People's Republic of China with a focus on the late imperial period (the Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911) 


Glen Whitehead
Associate Professor and Director of Visual and Performing Arts- Music
gwhitehe@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5134 | UHAL 230
        D.M.A., University of California, San Diego 
        M.A., University of California, San Diego
        B.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music
Area of Interest: Creative Music Rendering with Inter Arts and Multimedia Applications


Patricia Witkowsky
Instructor/Coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education Program
pwitkows@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4339 |  COLU 3042
        Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado 
        M.A., University of Maryland
        B.A., Occidental College 
Area of Interest: Intercultural Competence of Study Abroad Experiences in Students


Carole Woodall
Assistant Professor of History and Women's and Ethnic Studies
cwoodall@uccs.edu |  719-255-3768 |  COLU 2045
        Ph.D., New York University  
        M.A., Bosphorus University  
        B.A., Southwestern University
Area of Interest: Modern Middle East History