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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact & Office Information

The dean's office provides abundant services for the divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Click here to view our list of services.



Daniel McIntosh

Phone: 303-871-4449
Sturm Hall, 457

More about Dr. McIntosh

McIntosh joined the faculty in the department of psychology at the University of Denver in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as director of the University's Honors Program where he advanced a liberal arts education for highly academically qualified students. In 2012 he was elected chair of the department of psychology, which is the largest grant-receiving department at DU.

McIntosh is also the founding director of DU’s Emotion and Coping Lab where he and his students conduct research on emotions, coping and the psychology of religion. He is the author of more than 70 scholarly articles and the recipient of 13 research grants from extramural funding sources.

An alumnus of DU, he received his BA in psychology summa cum laude from DU. He holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Michigan.

ingridIngrid Tague

Associate Dean
Phone: 303-871-2057
Sturm Hall, 463

More about Dr. Tague

Tague is an associate professor of history and has taught at DU since 1997. She is a specialist in early modern British history, with a particular interest in cultural and gender history. Her book, Women of Quality: Accepting and Contesting Ideals of Femininity in England, 1690-1760, was published in 2002.

Tague was co-chair of the Undergraduate Academic Experience Strategic Positioning Committee, which was subsequently folded into the Renew DU committee. She served on the General Education Review Committee that introduced the common curriculum, and she spent four years on the Marsico Steering Committee during which she coordinated the “Depth Cell” to improve academic rigor. She was co-chair for the Committee on Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge during DU's 2010 accreditation, and worked successfully with other faculty to keep a significant portion of materials on site at the Anderson Academic Commons.

Tague has a PhD from Brown University. As associate dean, she works on internal AHSS functions. Her main areas of responsibility include oversight of graduate and undergraduate curriculum and advising, faculty development and student engagement. 


Ingrid Tague's Responsibilities
  • Strategic oversight of curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Faculty Development
    • New Faculty Mentor Program
    • Asst. faculty, assoc. faculty, and graduate student research groups & workshops
  • Foreign Language (FOLA) equivalency courses for students
  • Internal & external grant review
    • External grant proposals before they go to OSRP
    • Graduate student professional development applications
  • Student conduct, concerns, complaints  (Escalated undergraduate and graduate advising)
  • Undergraduate quarterly orientations, registration, Discoveries Week (coordinate with departments)
  • Changes to major/minor requirements
  • Academic exceptions petitions
  • Incompletes (over 1 year)
  • Grade changes approval after departments
  • AI/SI credit transfer requests


  • Course proposals
  • Applications for Cornell School of Theory and Criticism
  • NEH Summer stipend applications
  • AHSS graduate innovation grant proposals
  • External grant proposals



Vanessa Baker

Finance and Operations Assistant
Phone: 303-871-3640
Sturm Hall, 457A

Vanessa Baker's Responsibilities
  • Finance
    • Journal entries
    • Purchasing card packets from select depts.
    • Direct Pays
    • Reimbursements
    • Purchase requisitions/purchase orders
    • Payment of invoices
    • Month-end departmental reports
  • Departmental assistant support
  • HR
    • Payroll time entry
  • Annual computer refresh


  • Direct Pays
  • P-card packets from select depts.
  • Travel advances forms
  • P-card request forms 


Jan Ballard

Marketing and Events Coordinator
Phone: 303-871-4562
Sturm Hall, 302

Jan Ballard's Responsibilities
  • AHSS weekly events e-mail announcement
  • AHSS website maintenance
  • Editor, expressions e-newsletter
  • E-calendar, PioneerWeb announcements
  • AHSS alumni and community events
  • Support AHSS Alumni Advisory Board 

Kristy Firebaugh

Director of Curriculum and Graduate Studies
Phone: 303-871-2169
Sturm Hall, 462
Please note that Kristy is out on parental leave until mid-August

Kristy Firebaugh's Responsibilities
  • Undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • AHSS course schedules
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins
  • Adjunct and 1-year lecturer hiring 
  • Arrange AHSS summer program
  • AHSS Graduate admissions and enrollment management
  • AHSS Graduate financial aid oversight
  • Oversee contact between AHSS departments, the AHSS Dean’s Office and the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Financial Aid budgeting for AHSS


  • Course schedules
  • Adjunct and 1-year lecturer hiring requests

Chanin Gates

Executive Assistant to the Dean
Phone: 303-871-4460
Sturm Hall, 460

Chanin Gates' Responsibilities
  • Dean's schedule & calendaring
  • Tenure & promotion
  • Pre-tenure review
  • Sabbaticals and AHSS mini-sabbaticals
  • Faculty hiring
    • Tenure-track
    • Lecturer hiring (new lines)
    • Lecturer renewals (continuing annually renewable)
    • Post-doctoral, research professor series, clinical professor series
  • Grant submissions for select grants
  • AHSS committee elections for University and Divisional committees
  • Chairs & directors meetings
  • AHSS Elected Faculty Committee (EFC) stewardship
  • Sturm Hall building swipe card access
  • Faculty-related listserv maintenance
  • AHSS website maintenance for faculty/staff pages
  • AHSS phone directory for chairs & assistants
  • Secondary contact for conference room scheduling (SH 286)


  • Faculty hiring forms & hiring packets
  • Tenure & Promotion materials
    • Tenure-track, lecturers, post-docs, research prof, clinical research prof
  • Pre-Tenure reviews
  • Grant applications
    • CAMF grant, Internationalization grant, PROF grants
    • Rosenberry Fund and Humanities Institute Travel Grants
  • Sabbaticals and AHSS Mini-Sabbaticals
    • Applications and reports

Keely Gohl

Director of Budget and Planning
Phone: 303-871-2511
Sturm Hall, 458

Keely Gohl's Responsibilities
  • Finance
    • Budgets (AHSS & Departments)
    • Accounting transaction approval
    • Salary & merit adjustments
    • Divisional and University financial policy enforcement and creation
    • Financial Aid budgeting
  • HR
    • Departmental position posting approval for hiring (faculty and staff)


  • Gift In-Kind forms
  • New fund or new org requests
  • Financial Aid fund code requests
  • Banner access request forms

hillaryHillary Hutcherson

Graduate Recruitment Digital Marketing Specialist
Phone: 303-871-2050
Sturm Hall, 205

Hillary Hutcherson's Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute AHSS digital marketing campaigns 
  • Develop and maintain AHSS media calendar 
  • Coordinate and analyze analytic reporting
  • Drive traffic to AHSS web assets
  • Partner with faculty to generate and maintain user-friendly and timely content
  • Divisional social media manager 

Kristin Kemp

Director of Community Relations and Communication
Phone: 303-871-2466
Sturm Hall, 461

Kristin Kemp's Responsibilities
  • DU & AHSS brand identity
  • AHSS communications
  • AHSS alumni outreach
  • AHSS Advisory Board
  • AHSS donor relations
  • AHSS events
    • Master Scholars
    • Salon Series
    • Faculty Lecture Series
    • Distinguished Speaker Series
    • Livingston Lecture
    • AHSS Graduation Events

samSamantha Mack

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 303-871-2050
Sturm Hall, 205

Samantha Mack's Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement individual communication plans for each graduate program
  • Manage inquiry lists, communication e-mails, and written outreach to prospective graduate students
  • Implement and monitor data tracking and evaluation measures for graduate communication plans
  • Support research and analysis of graduate recruitment strategies
  • Assist in the implementation and integration of the graduate Customer Relations Management software


Isabel McKenzie

Director of Development, AHSS
Phone: 303-871-4472
Sturm Hall, 302C

Isabel McKenzie's Responsibilities
  • Reports to the Senior Director of Development
  • Major gift fundraising for AHSS programs
  • Coordinates fundraising and donor stewardship visits with the Dean
  • Provides donor and fundraising information to AHSS schools/departments
  • Assists department chairs with strategies on fundraising priorities and donor cultivation

Christine Murphy

Graphic Designer
Phone: 303-871-4389
Sturm Hall, 302E

Christine Murphy's Responsibilities
  • AHSS visual identity
  • Graphic design for print, video and web

Aja Murray

Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 303-871-2249
Sturm Hall, 204

Aja Murray's Responsibilities
  • AHSS graduate admissions, recruiting, and student services divisional resource
    • Graduate financial aid coordination
    • Student recruitment and orientation activities; prospective student inquiries
    • Graduate student concerns
    • Graduate student professional development
    • Admissions workflow assistance
      • University of Denver graduate student policies subject-matter expert
      • liaise between AHSS department, AHSS Dean's Office and Office of Graduate Studies
  • Liberal Arts Advantage
    • AHSS Staff Liaison to the AHSS Student Advisory Council (SAC)
    • Coordinate elections process for SAC
    • LAA event coordination
    • AHSS student grants
      • Humanities Institute Summer Travel grant
      • Student Summer Internship grant


  • Student HI Travel Grant application
  • Student Summer Internship grant application


Jeff Quinlisk

Finance & HR Coordinator
Phone: 303-871-4577
Sturm Hall, 459

Jeff Quinlisk's Responsibilities
  • Finance
    • Budget questions
    • Departmental assistant support
    • Contract entry support
  • HR
    • PCR, LRF, BES, BECR paperwork submission
    • Changes to employee status (faculty & staff)
    • Timesheet approval
    • HR Liaison for AHSS
    • Payroll questions
    • Salary & merit adjustments
    • Departmental assistant report
    • Departmental Assistant monthly training coordinator


  • Adjunct hiring packets
  • Hand-check requests
  • Payroll redistribution forms
  • Non-benefited hire (on-line form) 


Kellyn Smith

Senior Director of Development, AHSS
Phone: 303-871-4472

Kellyn Smith's Responsibilities
  • Major gift fundraising for AHSS programs
  • Coordinates fundraising and donor stewardship visits with the Dean
  • Provides donor and fundraising information to AHSS schools/departments
  • Assists department chairs with strategies on fundraising priorities and donor cultivation