Center for Teaching, Learning and Design
Dr. Bailey Joanne, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
I earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and an MSW and PhD from the University of Houston. I joined Metro in January 2013, after more than 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown.
My practice experience is in adoption, clinical & program research, and grants management. I have taught across the curriculum in both sociology and social work in children & family, gender, social policy, urban issues and theory.
My current research projects include analyses of policy and services for children without parental care in Eastern Europe, models of supervision, and undocumented migrants’ experiences.
Lacy Clark, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
I am a Lecturer in Social Work in the Social Work department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I earned my B.A. in Psychology and my MSW at Binghamton University in New York in 2004 and 2006, respectively.
My practice experience is in mental health as a community outreach counselor, as multi-systemic therapist in a community setting working with behavior-disordered youth, and as a trauma therapist for youth in a residential foster care treatment program who were survivors of physical abuse, emotional trauma, grief, abuse and neglect, domestic and/or community violence.
I typically teach BSW level research methods and diversity-oriented classes.
My academic interests also include the role of research in social work, teaching diverse populations, addressing issues of diversity and marginalization in the social work curriculum and classroom, and online pedagogy.
Robert Farmer, College of Professional Studies
Bob has 5+ years’ experience, as a professor teaching at the university level. He has earned the Quality Matters Certification in 2015. He is the 1st Place Winner of Best Case Award - International CHRIE Journal Case Competition 2014. As well, he has 28+ years of Domestic and International Corporate Business Development/Human Resources/Employee Motivation experience working with 298 of the Fortune 500 Companies throughout his corporate business career. Bob’s focus has been on motivating individuals and teams to exceed and sustain superior performance in a diverse set of Quality Improvement Cross-Functional Disciplines. Bob functions as a Coach, Mentor, and Trainer facilitating continuous improvement services within major domestic and international corporations including …Public and Private Corporations, Leading Non-Profit Organizations, Healthcare Facilities, Utilities, Oil and Gas Organizations, and Governmental Entities.
Bob is a professor and lecturer for a variety of university undergraduate and Master’s Programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. He is regularly engaged as a Motivational Speaker and as a Continuous Improvement Facilitator. Bob’s international business experience includes: The United States (All 50 States)-Europe-The Pacific Rim-Asia-Australia-Russia-Africa-Plus Numerous Additional International and Domestic Destinations. He has conducted business “on-the-ground” in 68+ Countries.
Bob’s academic accomplishments include: Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver (2011- 2015), Graduate Master’s Program at University of Denver (2010)-Focus: Organizational Leadership – e-Learning, Traditional Training and Development (4.0 GPA), Graduate Studies at Washington University – St. Louis, Missouri (1978 -1980)-Focus: Finance – Psychology – Business Development, and Undergraduate Degree from Rockhurst University – Kansas City, Missouri (1970)-Focus: Finance – Marketing – Psychology.
Dr. Jeff Helton, College of Professional Studies
Jeffrey R. Helton, PhD, CMA, CFE, FHFMA, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at MSU Denver and brings over 25 years of diverse experience in the health care industry to his teaching. He is a certified management accountant, a certified fraud examiner, and a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Jeff has served as chief financial officer at several hospitals, health plans, and health systems nationwide.
His research interests include evaluation of technology impacts on operational efficiency in health care organizations, safety net health care delivery systems, health care fraud, and bankruptcy and insolvency in health care entities.
Jeff earned a PhD in health care management at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where he majored in health care finance and minored in health economics and health informatics. He received a master's in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He recently coauthored the text "Healthcare Operations Management—A Quantitative Approach to Business and Logistics" published in February 2015.
Pam Locke, Department of Nursing
I graduated with my BSN in 1995 from University of Northern Colorado, then achieved my Master of Science of Nursing and Business Administration in Health Care Management in 2009. I started teaching adjunct with Community College of Denver and MSU Denver in 2009. I am a Legal Nurse Consultant in my business at Rocky Mountain Legal Nurse Consultants, LLC. I am a CWOCN which is a wound, ostomy and continence nurse.
I have two children ages 23 and 18. My 18 year old is a senior. I am excited about this opportunity in so many areas of my practice and career and looking forward to meeting everyone.
Mikkilynn Olmsted, Department of English
I am a lecturer and the Digital Instruction Facilitator for the English Department. This is my twelfth year teaching writing at MSU Denver, and I've been teaching online eleven and a half of those years. I also was an online student for several years. My research interests include universal design for learning, conflict resolution, women's writing and film, women's folklore.
From Western Kentucky University, I have a BA in Journalism and Spanish and an MA in Folk Studies. From Naropa University, I have an MFA in Creative Writing. I was a 2015 recipient of a Volunteerism Award from MSU Denver's Access Center. In my free time, I volunteer as a mediator for Jefferson County Mediation Services, hike, bike, and do yoga.
Dr. Adjoa Robinson, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Dr. Robinson has over 10 years of experience in research and teaching. Dr. Robinson has taught research, evaluation, human behavior, organizational behavior, social welfare policy and field education.
Dr. Robinson is passionate about community engagement through community-based participatory approaches to research. Most recently, Dr. Robinson worked with family caregivers of older African American adults to develop a peer-to-peer supportive intervention.
Dr. Sayre Nancy, Innovative Learning
Nancy Sayre is the Associate Vice President for Innovative Learning and an Associate Professor. Recently appointed to explore new programs and delivery methods for the University, Nancy has been with MSU Denver for almost ten years as a faculty member and department chair. Prior to this, Nancy had a career in new product development, marketing and strategic planning for a multinational corporation.
Dr. Seehusen Vicky, Learning Comms and First Yr Success
The way students learn today is different than when I began teaching and training in the 80's. To that end, I spend a lot of time "retooling" my teaching skills. And of course, I have to stay up on the latest changes in applications and computing in general.
Dr. Kristin Scherrer, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Kristin Scherrer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and has research and social work practice interests in aging and the life course, GLBTQ sexualities, and family relationships. Her social work practice experiences include work with GLBTQ individuals and their families, women and children who were victims of violence, and older adults and their families. Across these roles, Dr. Scherrer’s clinical work has focused on how individuals and families cope with conflict and crisis. Dr. Scherrer’s research examines how age, generation and cohort shape how individuals recognize themselves as having sexual minority identities and how these identities affect their family life. Most recently, she investigated how family relationships, and grandparent-grandchild relationships in particular, are affected by the discovery of a grandchild’s gay, lesbian bisexual or queer (GLBQ) sexual orientation. Ultimately, her research informs social work practice with intergenerational families, particularly regarding issues of sexuality.
Here at MSU Denver, Dr. Scherrer has taught courses such as Introduction to Social Work (BSW), Privilege, Oppression and Power (BSW), Advanced Cross Cultural Practice (BSW) and Exploring Diversity (MSW). Dr. Scherrer also has teaching experiences with content areas such as foundation level social work practice, advanced clinical practice with older adults, GLBT issues, international social work, group dynamics, aging and gerontological services, qualitative research and women’s issues.
Dr. Scherrer conducted her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a BA in Sociology and Psychology, and her graduate work at the University of Michigan where she received her PhD in Social Work and Sociology, MSW and MA in Sociology. Dr. Scherrer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the states of Michigan and Colorado.
Wolfe Todd, Department of Technical Communications
Todd Wolfe is the Digital Communications Manager at History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. He has a Masters in Rhetoric & Teaching Writing from the University of Colorado-Denver, a BA in Writing from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and an Associates in Video Production from the Art Institute of Colorado. He's also been an affiliate faculty member of the Technical Communications & Journalism department at Metropolitan State University of Denver for five years, teaching courses in digital and social media.