MSU Denver


The Office of Faculty Affairs coordinates a variety of functions associated with faculty life and academic programming on the MSU Denver campus. This office is a branch of the Office of Academic Affairs, supports the University’s mission and vision, and is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and service.

Major office functions include approving department evaluation guidelines; reviewing recommendations for emeritus status, leaves, sabbaticals, transitional retirement, retention, reappointment, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review; implementing policies pertaining to reassigned time; and processing faculty personnel actions requiring approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and President.


Faculty Affairs Highlight:

Chair Excellence Award

Nominations are open through the 16th of December for the 2022-2023 Metropolitan State University of Denver Department Chairs Excellence Award. The award recognizes one department chair who has excelled in the role, advancing their program and supporting the success of both students and colleagues.


The nominee must currently be a chair and must have completed one year or more as chair to be eligible. The successful nominee is one who demonstrates success in at least one of the following areas:

    1. Demonstration of outstanding leadership
    2. Demonstration of curricular innovation
    3. Promotion of student success
    4. Overall contribution toward achievement of the College and/or University Mission

The recipient will be celebrated at the “Roadrunners Who Soar” event on the 6th of April, 2023.


A chair may self‐nominate; and students, faculty, staff or members of the university community are welcome and encouraged to submit nominations as well. Please submit all nominations by the 16th of December. Please submit your nominations through the Qualtrecs form.

Selection Committee

The award screening committee will meet once per year to review candidates and determine a winner. The committee’s membership will consist of one representative from the deans, along with chairs representing at least a majority of colleges/schools in the university, and at least one at-large faculty member.

Please contact Jake at [email protected] with questions.



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Faculty Workload TaskForce

Final Documents – Spring 2022

Faculty Workload White Paper REDLINE 3.15.22

Faculty Workload Recs REDLINE 3.15.22

Final Faculty Workload Proposal 3.15.22

Faculty Affairs Resource Links

Faculty Milestones Effective Fall 2022

Faculty Affairs Staff

Sam Jay, Ph.D.

Samuel Jay, Ph.D.

Director of Faculty Affairs

Arriving January 1st

[email protected] 303-615-0631
Bill Henry – cropped

Bill Henry, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

[email protected] 303-605-5276
Profile photo of Tracey Parsa

Tracey Parsa

Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs

[email protected] 303-605-7653

For Students

If you are a student looking for information regarding communicating with a faculty member or working with a Department Chair, visit the Student Resources page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We are happy to assist.

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 330

Office Contact:
Tracey Parsa (303) 605-7653
[email protected]
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