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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)




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.

Faculty and Staff Resources


Faculty in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences participate in many divisional and University committees. Both divisions–Arts/Humanities and the Social Sciences–are represented by faculty from each area.

Among the work AHSS faculty committee members do:

  • Produce agenda items for quarterly meetings
  • Decide how to distribute grants and scholarship
  • Review, devise and implement policy for graduate and undergraduate education
  • Review, investigate and evaluate faculty complaints about compensation, tenure, dismissal and more
  • Assess and improve DU's Honors Program
  • Review and identify top course proposals from deans for First-Year Seminars
  • Read and evaluate faculty/student applications for research grants and scholarships
  • Research and promote DU's study abroad program, support of international students, and other internationalization efforts, and recommend ways to improve them
  • Hear and rule on student appeals for grade changes
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs within the center for teaching and learning
Chairs and Directors' Meetings

Past chairs' and directors' meetings have covered such topics as new course proposals, assessment of the common curriculum and Graduate Studies' soon-to-launch online application process. Read meeting minutes to learn more.

Winter 2015 Meeting Dates

Friday, January 16 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

Friday, February 6 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, February 20 - 8:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 76- 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Spring 2015 Meeting Dates

Friday, March 27 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, April 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, April 24- 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 8 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 22 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


CTL Faculty Board (3 sub-committees)

The Faculty Advisory Board maintains an important role in funding recommendations, direction and evaluation of CTL activities, and administration of the grants programs. Faculty members serve three-year terms.

Susan Walter, 2014

Christina Kreps, 2014


Marsico Visiting Scholars Faculty Committee

Carl Raschke, Chair
Bill Anderson
Catherine ChauvinF
Rick Barbour
Salvador Mercado
David Montano
Rahul Nair
Selah Saterstrom

Christina Kreps, Chair
Bernadette Calafell
Paul Colomy
Spencer Wellhofer
Christof Demont-Heinrich
Tracy Mott
Howard Markman

Public Good Scholarship Fund Committee

This Committee revises and updates the Public Good Fund Request for Proposals, and reviews, evaluates, and makes funding decisions for DU's Public Good proposals. Committee members advocate for and support the mission and goals of public good works at DU. Faculty members serve three-year terms.

Alison Schofield, Fall 2014 - Spring 2017

Hava Gordon, 2013

Sustainability Minor Faculty Committee

Faculty members serve two-year terms.

William Philpott, 2014
Wilfried Wilms, 2013

David Ciepley, 2014
Andy Sharma, 2013

CWLC Advisory Board

This board provides a means for campus-wide participation in achieving the mission of the Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC).

Its primary role is to help assure that the CWLC achieves its goals to enhance the quality and outcomes of language and culture education for all students at the University of Denver, support the teaching of the world's languages and cultures, and connect DU students with their greater international community—locally, nationally and abroad.

  • Beaudoin, Luc -- Internationalization (associate vice provost)
  • Brown, Chris -- Penrose (faculty)
  • Buhs, Laura -- International House (assistant director)
  • Carter, Leslie -- Daniels (associate director)
  • Castellani, Victor -- Languages and Literatures (faculty)
  • Demont-Heinrich, Christof -- Media, Film, & Journalism Studies (faculty)
  • Estenson, Samuel -- Undergraduate (student)
  • Foster, Maha -- Languages and Literatures (faculty)
  • Gonzales, Adrienne -- Center for World Languages and Cultures (staff)
  • Juarez, Beto -- Law (faculty)
  • Karas, Jennifer -- Provost's Office (associate provost)
  • Kathoefer, Gabi -- Languages and Literatures (faculty)
  • Keeran, Peggy -- Penrose (faculty)
  • Mahnke, Kathy -- Center for World Languages and Cultures (director)
  • Mao, Jack -- Center for World Languages and Cultures (tutor)
  • Martinez, Alex -- Office of Teaching and Learning (web developer)
  • McNees, Eleanor -- AHSS Dean's Office (associate dean)
  • Meyer, Sheryl -- English Language Center (director)
  • Nishi, Alison -- University College (associate director)
  • Oesterling, Peter -- Center for World Cultures and Languages (staff)
  • Parkes, Hannah -- Korbel (student)
  • Rivera, Susan -- Korbel (director)
  • Shonk, Mary -- Center for World Cultures and Languages (staff)
  • Thompson, Margie -- Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
  • VonMerz, Stephen -- Graduate School for Social Work (faculty)
  • Walter, Susan -- Languages and Literatures (faculty)
  • Wilcots, Barbara -- Graduate Studies (associate provost)
  • Woellner, Terri-Jo -- Languages and Literatures (faculty)
Elected Faculty Committee

The Elected Faculty Committee is composed of four faculty members from each division, as well as the dean and the associate dean. Faculty members serve three-year terms, starting at the beginning of Spring quarter through the end of Winter quarter. This committee meets once or twice per quarter depending upon need. It advises the dean and will do some or all of the following:

  • Help review mini-sabbatical proposals
  • Review tenure/promotion policy
  • Review salary increment policy
  • Discuss core curriculum (aka common curriculum)
  • Review proposals for new degree programs
  • Recommend new divisional committees or task forcesF
  • Help guide faculty deliberation about current issues
  • Provide a set of eyes and ears for the dean
  • Create its own agenda items

The Elected Faculty Committee shall also have the responsibility to call a meeting of the faculty of the two divisions at least once a quarter (excluding summer). The agenda for these meetings will be prepared by the committee in consultation with the dean and will reflect the discussion of issues of concern to members of the committee, the faculty they represent and the dean. In recent years the scope of work has expanded to advise the dean regarding the distribution of tech fee funds, Rosenberry grants and divisional student scholarships.

Andrea Stanton (Religious Studies), Spring 2013 - Winter 2016
Jack Sheinbaum (Music), Spring 2013 - Winter 2016
Mia Mulvey (Art & Art History), Spring 2014 - Winter 2017
Wilfried Wilms (Languages & Literatures), Spring 2014 - Winter 2017

Kate Willink (Communication Studies), Spring 2013 - Winter 2016
Lisa Conant (Political Science), Spring 2013 - Winter 2016
Nadia Kaneva (Media, Film, & Journalism Studies), Spring 2014 - Winter 2017
Ben Hankin (Psychology), Spring 2014 - Winter 2017

Faculty Review/Salary (Senate)

The Faculty Review/Salary Committee of the Faculty Senate considers, for review, investigation, evaluation, and report three kinds of complaints by faculty members:

a) Grievances respecting faculty status, working conditions, and appointments; b) Grievances respecting salary allocations, providing that a pattern of inequity extending over at least a two-year period is alleged; c) Grievances respecting reappointment, promotion, tenure or dismissal, if the Provost has recommended in the negative (see Faculty Personnel Guidelines, VI.C.II) and the appellant alleges lack of adequate consideration (Faculty Personnel Guidelines, III.C.5) or violation of academic freedom. (For more information, see page 43, section 7, of DU's Faculty Personnel Guidelines.

The committee consists of nine members elected by academic units to staggered three-year terms. One member is appointed at large by the Provost for a three-year term. As many as three additional members may be appointed by the Senate Executive Committee for a one-year term in order to achieve diversity on the Committee and rectify perceived under representation.

One member may be appointed by the Senate President for the hearing of a single case, if the appellant's academic unit is not currently represented on the Committee. The appointment must be made from that academic unit, at the request of the appellant. For the business of the Committee, any seven members shall constitute a quorum.

Ann Dobyns, 2013

Dean Saitta, 2014

First-Year Seminar Committee

Members of the First-Year Seminar Committee:

  • Work with the deans of AHSS and NSM to solicit course proposals
  • Review and identify meritorious proposals
  • Work with the writing director, the administration, and any Oversight Committee that may be established to develop policies (curricular and otherwise) with regard to the First-year Experience and/or First-Year Seminars
  • Work with appropriate offices to devise assessment protocols for First-Year Seminars
  • Maintain the ongoing quality of First-Year Seminars
  • The First-Year Seminar Committee has six tenure-line faculty members elected by faculty colleagues in their respective divisions (two apiece from AHUM, SOCS and NSM). Faculty members serve two-year, renewable terms.
  • The associate provost of Student Life and the writing director will serve on the committee as ex-officio, nonvoting members.
  • AHSS Representatives to the First Year Seminar Committee Members:

Carol Helstosky, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
Conor McGarrigle, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

Peter Hanson, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
Larry Conyers, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

Grade Appeals Committee

This committee serves as the final appeal for students who challenge a course grade. The committee is appointed by the associate dean and meets as needed.

Linda Bensel-Meyers
Jennifer Pap
George Potts

Graduate Council

The associate provost for Graduate Studies and the Graduate Council review, formulate and implement policy concerning graduate education. The Council also does the following:

  • Oversees the configuration of graduate degree and certificate programs
  • Monitors the degree to which these programs further the University's mission and avoid unwarranted duplication
  • Establishes, monitors, and maintains academic standards across the graduate curricula
  • Formulates policies including, but not limited to, the structure and quality of the graduate curricula, procedures concerning graduate student appeals, and policies governing the initiation and termination of graduate degree programs

Council members include the associate provost for Graduate Studies and Research; all of the academic deans from units with graduate programs; an elected faculty representative from each division; two elected representatives from the Faculty Senate; and one representative of the Graduate Student Association.

Faculty members serve two-year terms. Administrators such as the registrar, the dean of the Library, the vice chancellor for University Technology Services, the chair of the Undergraduate Council, the associate provost for Multicultural Excellence, or the vice provost for Internationalization shall be permitted to participate in the Committee's proceedings as voting members whenever any business is transacted that touches upon their responsibilities.

Andrea Stanton, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

Yavuz Yasar, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

Honors Program Council

The University Honors Program Council is a small, working committee that assists and advises the director and assistant director of the Honors Program in:

  • Reviewing honors courses
  • Developing and implementing admission procedures to the Program Reviewing
  • Setting policy and procedures for the Program
  • Conducting program assessment

The committee has two members from each undergraduate Division and two honors-student members. Members serve three-year staggered, renewable terms. Meetings will be convened at least once per quarter, but more typically 2-3 times per term.

Anne Penner, Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
Greg Robbins, Fall 2013 - Spring 2016

Nancy Wadsworth, Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
Bonnie Clark, Fall 2013 - Spring 2016

Internationalization Council

The Internationalization Council (IC) will have oversight of University international policies and practices and directly report to the Provost with recommendations for the same.

The charge to the International Council is as follows:

      1) Develop recommendations for University-wide proposals, policies, and practices designed to promote the University's internationalization initiatives (e.g. study abroad and student requirements, international student support, prioritizing of global regions of interest to DU as a whole, etc.).
      2) Develop, monitor, and assess the internationalization component of the University's strategic plan.
      3) Conduct and assess periodic audits of internationalization activity at the University level and prepare reports for the community.
      4) Provide a university-wide perspective on and a resource for internationalization at DU, assembling information about opportunities for unit initiatives and offering a central place for discussing overseas linkage opportunities.
      5) Provide oversight of distribution of internationalization funds to faculty and staff through a sub-committee of the IC.
      6) Review as needed academic initiatives that require approval from the Office of Internationalization (e.g. academic travel abroad programming, international service learning and internships, policies for faculty-led programs, etc).

AHSS Representatives to the Internationalization Council:

Andrea Stanton, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

Erika Polson, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

PINs Committee

Partners in Scholarship provides an undergraduate research infrastructure to support student/faculty collaborative research by distributing merit awards and research mini-grants through a competitive application process.

This committee meets once each quarter to read, evaluate and award the submitted applications.

Graham Foust, Fall 2013 - Spring 2016
Rick Barbour, Fall 2014 - Spring 2017

Max Weisbuch, Fall 2013 - Spring 2016
Lisa Pasko, Fall 2013 - Spring 2016

Jennifer Reich, Fall 2012 - Spring 2015 (chair)

Creative & Performing Arts Reps:
Deborah Howard, Spring 2014
Roddy MacInnes, Spring 2014

Tenure & Promotion (Divisional)

There is a tenure and promotion committee for both AHSS divisions (Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences). Each one has faculty member from each department in that division, including, if possible, one non-tenured (but tenure-track) member.

Religious Studies
Art & Art History
Languages & Literatures

Political Science
Sociology & Criminology
Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
Communication Studies

Undergraduate Council

The Undergraduate Council is charged with reviewing policy concerning undergraduate education and overseeing its implementation.

It formulates policies that are likely to affect existing patterns and standards—including curricular matters, facilities and services pertaining to undergraduate education—and presents its recommendations to the provost.

The Council formulates recommendations on policies governing the structure and quality of the undergraduate curricula, the initiation and termination of undergraduate degree programs, and systems and terms for the standards for Undergraduate Special Programs which lead to an academic degree but lie outside a particular department or school.

Council members include all academic deans from units with undergraduate programs selected faculty representatives from each division, and representatives elected or appointed by other groups. The registrar, vice provost of Student Life and president of the All Undergraduate Student Association (AUSA) serve as non-voting members. The Council may invite students and other ex-officio members to participate as needed.

Elected members serve two-year terms. The Undergraduate Council meets at least once a quarter and votes only on matters of University-wide concern. The deans rotate chairing the Undergraduate Council and maintaining relevant documentation pertaining to its work.

Bill Philpott, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
Scott Montgomery, Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

Scott Phillips, Fall 2014 - Spring  2016
Elizabeth Henry, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015