Courses & Research

The Kennedy Mountain Campus will provide a rich environment that inspires the entire DU community and fuels innovation across disciplines. Faculty and staff are encouraged to propose courses, programs and experiences that will spark creativity and growth within the great outdoors while advancing the 4D Experience for our students.

Learning happens wherever our students and their educators are engaged. And magic happens when new ideas are encountered in inspiring new contexts. At the Kennedy Mountain Campus, DU’s faculty are invited to think expansively about how their field and curriculum can benefit from the majesty and invigoration found in this new educational setting. How will you use the 9th Weekend of the quarter?

A Place for the Arts

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DU’s faculty in the arts—from creative writing, to fine art, theatre, music and more—will use the Kennedy Mountain Campus to supplement and deepen their curriculum. Inspired by nature and new contexts, their students are positioned to create in new and surprising ways. 

A Place for Science

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Faculty members across disciplines—such as ecology, geology, biology, geography, and beyond—utilize the Kennedy Mountain Campus as an extension of their classrooms and labs, granting students valuable hands-on field experience that could shape their future careers. 

9th Weekend Academic Courses

The Provost’s Office and Faculty Senate are continuing to partner to support faculty in developing meaningful curricular and co-curricular student experiences at the Kennedy Mountain Campus. 

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    Call for Faculty-Led Curricular Proposals

    Please review the Request for Proposal here Review RFP

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    9th Weekend Academic Schedules

    Saturday-Sunday Schedule   Friday-Sunday Schedule

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    Course Fees

    Fees will be added to each student's account when they register for your class that is approved to take part in the 9th Weekend experience at the KMC. The fee covers activities based on the season and weather conditions.

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Our Classroom 400 Billion Years in the Making!

Please reach out to Monica Kosanovich in the UAP Office with any questions about Faculty-Led 9th Weekends at KMC. Submit your proposal now with the form linked below!

KMC 9th Academic Weekend Proposal Form

Stepping out of the classroom was a transformative experience. Working with business partnerships, students discover new insights about themselves, their peers and how collaboratively they can solve pressing business challenges - from sustainability to ethics to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Cristin Cornell Tarr, Teaching Assistant Professor - DCB Marketing Department

Previous Academic Courses

  • Post Study Abroad

    February 10 – 12, 2023

    A period of reflection and growth after new experiences.

    The Post Study Abroad Course provided an intentional and structured space for returning students to build community based on their shared experience, process their time abroad, grow from their intercultural interactions while away and turn toward re-integration and future application of their learning toward public good.

  • Putting People in Nature

    March 10 – 12, 2023

    A collaboration with the School of Art & Art History.

    Building on the curriculum of the ARTS 3125 course, Figure Painting Workshop students finished their painting depicting a person in the natural environment of the Kennedy Mountain Campus. Instructed by Deborah Howard and Damary Beltran, students explore the Kennedy Mountain Campus in search of the perfect natural backdrop for their final project.

  • Developing Character

    April 21 – 23, 2023

    A transformative course in leadership communications.

    Students enrolled in the COMN 3230: Principles of Leadership, instructed by Chris Tietsort, Assistant Professor and Internship Program Director for the Department of Communication Studies, examined and reflected upon their course material during their integrated Kennedy Mountain Campus weekend.

  • Master's Capstone Experience

    April 28 & June 7, 2023

    A collaboration with Daniels College of Business.

    During the students of Daniels College of Business Denver MBS, Master's in Marketing, and Master's in Management's last class session of their program they participated in a culminating Capstone Experience at the Kennedy Mountain Campus. The capstone experience is both celebration of the cohort’s achievements over the past two years and a personal reflection of what each student has learned about themselves and the plans they have set in motion upon graduation. By sharing with their cohort their reflection and plans, this action reinforces the student’s commitment to their future professional success.

  • Experience Management (XM)

    April 28 – 30, 2023

    A collaboration with Daniels College of Business.

    Students explored the stakeholder's experience and its impact on brand reputation by integrating a weekend at the Kennedy Mountain Campus into their Spring quarter Experience Management Course. Lead by Assistant Teaching Professor Cristin Tarr and a consultant team from Slalom, students made and presented their own products addressing industries most challenging issues such as; climate change, social advocacy, globalization, and corporate responsibility.

    Check out the video from two students in the Experience Management course at the Kennedy Mountain Campus to view more about the trip!

  • Leadership in Action

    June 22 – 25, 2023

    An immersive experience with University College.

    The University College, Leadership in Action course instructed by Ellen Winiarczyk, Molly Smith, and Michelle Kruse-Crocker integrated placed based learning opportunity into a five weeklong online course. The graduate students engaged in a four-day Kennedy Mountain Campus experience learning leadership development and how to apply their new skills in the mountain environment.

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Faculty & Staff Events

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