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May 2017

Universitywide News

Associate Provost for Graduate Studies Barbara Wilcots to join Regis University

Announcement from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad
(May 23, 2017) I write to share the news that Barbara Wilcots, associate provost for graduate studies, has accepted the position of vice president for Student Affairs with Regis University. Her last day with the University of Denver is June 30.

Barbara joined the provost's office in 2009. Since that time, she has established and expanded programs to serve the needs of graduate students, who comprise slightly more than half our student population. Today, the University is better equipped to support the academic and emotional needs of graduate students, and has a stronger unifying body in the Graduate Student Government. In addition to her contributions to graduate study at DU, Barbara has been an advocate for graduate study and research nationally and internationally, as DU's representative on the Council of Graduate Schools, the only national organization dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research.

Barbara's affiliation with DU began as a doctoral student. After earning a PhD in English in 1995, she joined the faculty in 1995 as a lecturer in the Common Curriculum for undergraduates, and advanced to become a tenured professor of English. Prior to joining the provost's office, Barbara was associate dean in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and also served as director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program. In addition to her role as associate provost, she is the DU dean of the DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion.

Beginning as a doctoral student, Barbara has dedicated time and leadership to furthering diversity and inclusion at DU. She has been a part of significant work in this area, such as the Status of Faculty and Staff Members of Color study in 2014, which is a foundational report that informed the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan, and the Women's Leadership Council, which she chaired. She is also a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Living and Learning Community.

As an exemplary faculty member and administrator, Barbara has achieved numerous awards during her time at DU, including the Champion of Change Award, Outstanding Advisor Award, United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the Faculty Senate, and Outstanding Faculty Award from the Office of Minority Affairs. Her Graduate Studies team received the Quality Department Award from the Staff Advisory Council, in recognition of their dedication to improve graduate education at DU.

At Regis, Barbara will oversee several functions that together influence the climate for the student and campus experience, including student life, residential life and housing, career services, campus safety, parking services, conferences and events, and auxiliary services such as dining, print services and the bookstore.

For her 27 years of service to DU, please join me in thanking Barbara for her tremendous impact on the institution and in congratulating her and wishing her well on this new endeavor.

Corinne Lengsfeld, associate provost for research, has agreed to serve also as interim associate provost for Graduate Studies, effective July 1.

Are you traveling internationally on behalf of DU this summer?

(May 23, 2017) Whether this is your first trip abroad for your research and/or work, or the next of many such trips, it's a good idea to review these international travel resources before you go. If you are planning to travel abroad this summer on behalf of the University, one of the first steps is to register in DU Passport. Registration is required for University-related travel abroad primarily for your safety, as it allows the University to reach you in the event of an emergency and to coordinate an evacuation if needed. The goal of our international policies and procedures is to encourage sound practices and safety measures that minimize risks to travelers and the University.

DU increases support to military community

(May 23, 2017) As the military community at the University of Denver continues to grow, ways to support service members, veterans and their families on the DU campus and in the Denver community are crucial and ever evolving. The Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology is a program housed within the Graduate School of Professional Psychology that provides education, research, outreach and treatment pertaining to U.S. military populations. The Sturm Center offers individual, group, child/adolescent and couples/family counseling. Contact outreach specialist Jeni Hunniecutt at or 720-441-4710 for any inquiries related to The Sturm Center in Aurora and the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology, including community events, partnerships, data and referrals.

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Committee for inquiry and review of DU general education formed
(May 23, 2017) The Expanding and Enhancing the Learning Environment cluster chairs, Jennifer Karas and Danny McIntosh, worked with the academic units, Faculty Senate and Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence to create this committee; self-nominations were also solicited. Members are: Doug Hesse, Chair, Professor of English and Executive Director of Writing; Chris Coleman, Associate Professor, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies; Barbekka Hurtt, Teaching Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences; Tonnett Luedtke, Director of Academic Advising; Kateri McRae, Associate Professor of Psychology; Nic Ormes, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Matt Rutherford, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Alison Schofield, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies; Laura Sponsler, Clinical Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education; Billy Stratton, Associate Professor of English; John Tiedemann, Teaching Associate Professor of Writing; Cheri Young, Associate Professor of Hospitality. For questions or more information, contact Jennifer Karas or Danny McIntosh.

Community art project PostSecretU happening through end of quarter

(May 16, 2017) DU is participating in a campus-based community art project based on one created in 2005 in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. PostSecretU uses submitted secrets to unlock tremendous programming potential on a campus. Read more on the DU Mental Health Task Force website, including where you can find drop-off boxes.

Spring 2017 University of Denver magazine available online

(May 16, 2017) Read the spring issue of the University of Denver Magazine online. You can also find print versions in racks around campus. Features include stories about five recent DU graduates who are shaping Denver's future, how DU is staking a claim in the world of social enterprise and special coverage of the Pioneers' first NCAA hockey championship since 2005.

international search for DU's next provost begins

Announcement from Chancellor Chopp
(May 9, 2017) As you know, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad has shared that he will step down as provost in June 2018, after 13 years in the role and three decades of dedicated service to DU.

We will conduct an international search for our next provost. This search is one of the most important things we will do next academic year, and I want to thank the following members of our community who have agreed to serve on the search committee, which I will chair:

  • Brent Chrite, Dean, Daniels College of Business
  • Andrei Kutateladze, Dean, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Michael McGuire, Dean, University College
  • Amanda Moore McBride, Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
  • Deborah Avant, Professor and Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Patience Crowder, Associate Professor of Law, Sturm College of Law
  • Terri Davis, Associate Professor and Director of PsyD Program, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Art Jones, Teaching Professor of Music, Culture & Psychology, Lamont School of Music (within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Amin Khodaei, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • María Salazar, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning Sciences, Morgridge College of Education
  • Billy J. Stratton, Associate Professor of English, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Special Advisor on Native American Programs and Partnerships
  • Armin Afsahi, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
  • Laura Maresca, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Inclusive Community

Denise O'Leary, chair-elect of the Board of Trustees (effective July 1) will serve as Trustee Liaison to the search committee.

As the chief academic officer, the provost and executive vice chancellor is critically important to the institution and the implementation of DU IMPACT 2025. With the support of the firm Storbeck/Pimentel, we will ensure a robust and diverse candidate pool.

Given the broad responsibilities of the provost, consultation is especially important throughout this search process. Throughout the search process, we will seek input and nominations from across campus and beyond. Please send comments and nominations to

Community discussions on Freedom of Expression statement

Monday, May 8, noon-2 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
Thursday, May 11, 7-9 p.m.—Craig Hall, room 120 (Community Room)
Faculty, staff and students are invited to join these all-campus discussions on a proposed University of Denver Statement of Policy and Principles on Freedom of Expression. The statement is the work of an Ad-Hoc Faculty Senate Freedom of Expression Committee. See the full text of an announcement sent May 2, which includes a link to the proposed statement.

DU professor takes new approach to teaching

(May 2, 2017) Assistant professor of Political Science Elizabeth Sperber used community-engaged teaching for her political inquiry class last quarter. Read more in the DU Newsroom about how she worked with a local nonprofit on an issue-based research project and helped students become informed consumers of social science research and help build their own research skills while contributing to the public good.

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DU to initiate design and construction of new facilities to support DU IMPACT 2025
(May 2, 2017) In case you missed the announcement May 1, read it on the chancellor's website. And mark your calendars for a community forum to discuss details about the Community Commons, First-year Residence Hall and Career Achievement Center on Thursday, May 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. in AAC Special Events Room 290