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).

Minette Church
Associate Professor of Anthropology
mchurch@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3064 |  CENT 124
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        Ph.D., University of Arizona 
        M.A., University of Arizona
        B.A., University of Massachusetts 
Area of Interest: Cultural Survival

  

Edgar Cota-Torres
Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Cultures
ecota@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3817 |  DW 247E
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
       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
Education:   
        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

 

Cerian Gibbes
Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
cgibbes@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3534 |  COLU 2033
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
        M.A., University of Houston
        B.A., Northern Illinois University  
Area of Interest: Ecological Economics; Quality of Life

 

John Harner
Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies

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

Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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 

 

Willie Harrison
Assistant Professor College of Engineering & Applied Science
 wharriso@uccs.edu |  719-255-3457 |  EN 220
Education:   
        Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
        M.S., Utah State University 
        B.S.,  Utah State University  
Area of Interest: Physical-layer Security Coding; Cryptography; Information Theory; Network Coding; Compressed Sensing; Telecommunications; Signal Processing; Probabilistic Sports Performance Analysis.  

 

David Havlick
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
dhavlick@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4906 |  COLU 2015
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        Ph.D., University of Delaware
        M.A., West Chester University  
        B.A., Saint Joseph's University
Area of Interest: Hispanic Literature and Culture

 

Christopher Hill
Professor of History
chill@uccs.edu  |  719-255-0481 |  COLU 2049
Education:  
        Ph.D., University of Virginia
        M.A., University of Virginia
        B.A., University of Utah
Area of Interest: India and Environmental History

 

Curtis Holder
Professor and Department Chair of Geography and Environmental Studies
cholder@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4097 |  COLU 2037
Education:  
        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
Education:  
        Ph.D., University of California
        M.A., University of California
        B.A., Georgetown University   
Area of Interest: Latin America/Chicano History

 

Donald Klingner
Professor of School of Public Affairs
 dklingne@uccs.edu  |  719-255-4012 |  ACAD 313
Education:  
        Ph.D., University of Southern California
        M.A., The George Washington University
        B.A., University of California at Berkeley  
Area of Interest: International Public Management 

 

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

 

Michael Landon-Murray
Assistant Professor of School of Public Affairs
mlandonm@uccs.edu |  719-255-4185 |  ACAD 312
Education:
        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
Education:
        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
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        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

 

Sylvia Martinez
Department Chair, Associate Professor with Tenure, Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF) College of Education
sylvia.martinez@uccs.edu  |  719-255-3476 |  COLU 3057
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        Ph.D., University of Utah
        M.S., Arizona State University
        B.S.,  University of Wyoming
Area of Interest: Food Systems; Health; Sustainability

 

Jeffrey Montez de Oca
Associate Professor of Sociology
jmontezd@uccs.edu |  719-255-4138 |  ACAD 431
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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

 

Rebecca Theobald
Assistant Professor Research, Geography and Environmental Studies, Adjoint Coordinator Colorado Geographic Alliance
rtheobal@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5217 |  COLU 2024
Education:  
        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
Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies 
bvogt@uccs.edu  |  719-255-5146 |  COLU 2011
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:   
        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
Education:  
        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
Education:   
        Ph.D., New York University  
        M.A., Bosphorus University  
        B.A., Southwestern University
Area of Interest: Modern Middle East History