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Cathy Grieve, PhD

Cathy Grieve


Over her time at DU, Cathy Grieve has served at DU as a graduate student, faculty member, internship director, and, most recently, head of Conferences. She has mentored students, conducted ambitious research, served on numerous committees and helped organize everything from a presidential debate to a public lecture series.

Grieve first came to DU in the early 1970s, initially as a graduate student pursuing studies in mass communications. After completing her master's, she stayed on campus to complete a PhD and a dissertation examining the role models offered young girls from working-class backgrounds by television. As the dissertation came together, she was raising her two sons, then ages 1 and 2, and serving as a graduate teaching assistant or instructor.

Looking back on her DU experiences, Grieve singles out her time with students —many of whom remain in her network — as especially rewarding. "They touched my life, first and foremost," she says, "and I touched their lives."

So much so that her gift for teaching was repeatedly honored throughout her years in the classroom. Among the many awards she received were the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award in 1993 and the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000.

In 2012, Grieve's many contributions to her employer and alma mater were recognized with the Distinguished Service to the University Award. It was a particularly meaningful honor, coming from an institution that has played so many roles in her life. Her two sons and daughter are all alumni; she watched them benefit from the very academic culture she helped to nurture. 

"There's nothing like that human dynamic between teacher and student," she says. "There's just something about that that is very stimulating."

Excerpts taken from an article written by Tamara Chapman on the event of Dr. Grieve's retirement. Read the full article