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New department chairs announced

Congratulations to incoming leaders across the University.

By Lindsey Coulter

August 25, 2020

Rowdy giving thumbs up and standing in front of Student Success Building.As Metropolitan State University of Denver enters the new academic year, we also welcome several Roadrunners to new leadership positions. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent appointments as department chairs.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Matt Makley, Ph.D., interim chair, History

Sheryl Zajdowicz, Ph.D., Biology

Ford Lux III, Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

College of Professional Studies

Steve Beaty, Ph.D., interim chair, Computer Sciences

Rachel Sinley, Ph.D., Nutrition


The following department chairs have been reappointed or will continue their terms for 2020-21.

College of Business

Accounting: Gregory Clifton, J.D.

Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics: Abel Moreno, Ph.D.

Economics: Trey Fleisher, Ph.D.

Finance: Paul Camp, Ph.D.

Management: Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.

Marketing: Nicole Vowles, Ph.D.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Africana Studies: Douglas Mpondi, Ph.D.

Art: Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D.

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.

Chicana and Chicano Studies: Adriana Nieto, Ph.D.

Communication Studies: Daniel Lair, Ph.D.

English: Rebecca Gorman-O’Neill

Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy: Katherine Martinez, Ph.D.

Mathematics and Statistics: Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D.

Modern Languages: Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.

Music: Peter Schimpf, Ph.D.

Philosophy: Brian Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Physics: Grant Denn, Ph.D.

Political Science: Robert Preuhs, Ph.D.

Psychological Sciences: Layton Curl, Ph.D.

Sociology and Anthropology: Melissa Monson, Ph.D.

Theatre and Dance: Scott Lubinski

College of Professional Studies

Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute: Ted Shin, acting director

Aviation and Aerospace Science: Jeff Forrest, Ph.D.

Criminal Justice and Criminology: Henry Jackson Jr., Ph.D.

Engineering and Engineering Technology: Fred Barlow, Ph.D.

Health Professions: Kevin Zeiler, J.D.

Human Performance and Sport: Chad Harris, Ph.D.

Human Services and Counseling: Annie Butler

Industrial Design: Ted Shin

Journalism and Media Production: Christopher Jennings, Ed.D.

Nursing: Theresa Buxton, Ph.D.

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences: Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.

Social Work: Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elementary Education and Literacy: Deborah Horan, Ph.D.

Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education: Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.

Secondary, K-12 and Educational Technology: Hsin-Te Yeh, Ph.D.

The updated Deans, Chairs and Staff Report is also available on the Faculty Affairs website.

Topics: Academics, Excellence, Inclusive leadership

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