Higher Education Faculty
Gregory M. Anderson, Dean, Associate Professor, Higher Education Program
Gregory M. Anderson is the Dean of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and a tenured Associate Professor in Education. Before coming to DU in 2009, Dr. Anderson was an Associate Professor at Columbia University's Teachers College, Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education. In 2006, Anderson was granted an extended leave from Teachers College to become the higher education policy program officer for the Ford Foundation in New York. He was responsible for overseeing one of the largest portfolios at the Foundation featuring both international and domestic higher education grants. Anderson also sat on executive committees of multi-foundation partnerships and foundation-wide initiatives involving the United States, Africa, Central and Latin America, and Asia. In 2008, he was appointed by the Vice-President of the Foundation's Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program Division to lead a strategic planning team responsible for developing a new vision for the US and international higher education programming. Anderson earned a PhD in sociology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and is currently a member of the editorial board for the Review of Higher Education.
Scholarly expertise and interests: Sociology of Higher Education, Socio-economic and Racial and Ethnic Inequality, Urban and Comparative Education, Social Change and Development
Bushra Aryan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program
Dr. Aryan previously held a position at the American Psychological Association where she managed the Minority Fellowship Program. She has also held positions at the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver (DU) as well as the Housing and Residential Education Department at DU. Her scholarly work has focused on pipeline issues from doctoral programs to professorship for underrepresented populations, issues of access and equity in postsecondary education, and the experiences of underrepresented women from primary school through doctoral studies, focusing specifically on South Asian and Afghan women. Aryan holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Denver with an emphasis on student development and diversity in higher education, respectively. She holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and an A.A. from Arapahoe Community College.
Linda Bowman, Lecturer, Higher Education Program
Linda S. Bowman has served as president of the Community College of Aurora, Arapahoe Community College (interim), Lamar Community College (interim), and Parks Junior College, and as vice president for the Colorado Community College System. She has worked statewide on legislative initiatives, including concurrent credit/Colorado ASCENT legislation and statewide articulation. In 2012, Dr. Bowman served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Hong Kong. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, M.A. in English and M.P.A. in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration. Her professional interests include community colleges, student access/success, underserved populations, cultural implications, P-20 pipelines and articulation, executive leadership development, work satisfaction/motivation, adjunct faculty, higher education policy, and administration.
William E. Cross, Jr., Program Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program
William E. Cross, Jr., PhD: Cultural Psychologist and Expert in Africana Studies as well as the psychology of racial-ethnic-cultural groups.
BA, University of Denver, 1963
PHD Princeton University, 1976, Social-Experimental Psychology
40 years in the academy specializing in the psychology of the African American experience. Professor Cross is President-elect of Division 45 [Society for Study of Ethnic Minority Issues] for the American Psychological Association and was recently made "Elder" for the 2013 National Multicultural Conference & Summit. Having held positions at Cornell University, The CUNY Graduate Center, and UNLV, returning to DU, after a 49 year absence, is a very special turn of events for Dr. Cross and his family.
Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program
Dr. Gildersleeve's research investigates the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities, with a focus on college access and success for Latino (im)migrant families. A critical qualitative methodologist, he is interested in theorizing a humanizing materialist inquiry that informs social policy for more democratic educational institutions. These lines of research connect in their contributions to understanding what it means to seek social opportunities as democratic participants in an increasingly global society. He is the author of Fracturing Opportunity: Mexican Migrant Students and College-Going Literacy (Peter Lang Publishers), as well as the recipient of the 2011 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association's Division D—Research Methodology. He is one of the 2012-2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellows, supporting his project Discourses of Opportunity: Undocumented Students and Higher Education Policy. RyanEG previously served as the inaugural Director of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research at the University of Texas at Arlington. His practical experience ranges across P-20 education, having worked primarily in out-of-classroom learning environments in K-12 schools as well as in transition/outreach, undergraduate, and graduate education contexts. He received his Ph.D. in Education and M.A. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. RyanEG is a graduate of Occidental College.
Franklin A. Tuitt, Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Associate Professor, and former Program Coordinator, Higher Education Program
EdD, MA, Harvard; BA, Connecticut College
Career highlights: Co-edited and served as a contributing author for Race and Higher Education: Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms; served as Cabot Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University; functioned as a research associate for the Harvard National Campus Diversity Project; co-chaired the Harvard Educational Review; serves as a member of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees.
Research interests: diversity in higher education, teaching and learning in racially diverse classrooms, best practices for recruiting and retaining students of color in traditionally white higher education institutions.
Professional affiliations: The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education Network (POD), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Affiliated, non-teaching Faculty
Lynn M. Gangone, Dean, Women's College, Associate Clinical Professor, Higher Education
EdD and MEd in Higher and Postsecondary Education, Columbia University; MS and CAS in Counseling Psychology, The State University of New York at Albany; BA in Political Science, The College of New Rochelle.
Career highlights: Dean of The Women's College of the University of Denver (2007-present); visiting professor of higher education at The George Washington University and vice president at Kaludis Consulting (2004-2007); vice president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (2000-2004); executive director and CEO of the National Association for Women in Education (NAWE) (1995-2000); and vice president of development and college relations, and dean of students, at Centenary College (New Jersey) (1987-1995).
Dr. Gangone is a nationally known speaker and writer on leadership development and career advancement for women in higher education. She recently authored the lead article in the inaugural Journal About Women in Higher Education (2008) and a book chapter in Rethinking Leadership in a Complex, Multicultural, and Global Environment: New Concepts and Models for Higher Education (2009). She co-created the Institute for Emerging Women Leaders in Higher Education, an American Council on Education award-winning leadership development program, and teaches in the HERS Institutes and the Women's Leadership Institute. She serves on numerous boards including HERS-Higher Education Resource Services; the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce; and is part of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Campus Women Lead for Inclusive Excellence initiative. Dr. Gangone was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, received the University of Denver Center for Multicultural Excellence's "Outstanding Achievement in Multicultural Excellence Award," and was named a Wise Woman of the Women's Vision Foundation. She was honored by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree for her contributions to higher education and by The College of New Rochelle, which awarded her the Ursula Laurus citation for service to the college.
Dr. Gangone's research interests include higher education history, leadership development, and organizational change and viability. Her professional affiliations include Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association, and the History of Education Society.