Led By:

Corinne Lengsfeld, Associate Provost for Research

Seth Masket, Professor of Political Science

When high-achieving faculty members develop into distinguished scholars who shape their fields, they also enhance the reputation of the University. During the next decade, DU will accelerate engagement with new shapes of knowledge. We will leverage the growing interest among students and faculty to connect with one another outside their departments and schools and to be challenged by perspectives that lie outside their disciplines. This approach to knowledge is marked by curiosity, risk-taking and adventure. It mirrors the world our graduates will enter.  


Working Groups

Faculty Talent, Excellence & Diversity

We have been engaging with faculty and leadership across campus around the goals of recruiting and retaining strong faculty, and advancing their research and creative work. The team is committed to advancing ideas and resources—such as endowed chairs, collaborative faculty space, joint appointments, etc.—in ways that advance the University while also respecting and supporting the priorities of individual deans and schools.

We submitted a pilot proposal and based on feedback, are now working on revising the proposal.

Last Updated: 6/5/17 

Andrei Kutateladze

Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Brent Chrite

Dean, Daniels College of Business

Bruce Smith

Dean, Sturm College of Law

Gregory Robbins

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Jennifer Hoffman

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Lavita Nadkarni

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Naomi Reshotko

Professor, Philosophy

Susan Schulten

Professor, History

Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

This implementation team is charged with enhancing DU’s support systems, infrastructure, success and visibility for research, scholarship and creative work.

Earlier in the academic year, the team conducted a baseline study, which found that 11% of DU faculty members currently engage in dissemination of their scholarship to the general public. In today’s political and social climate, it is more important than ever for higher education to communicate clearly how research and scholarship benefits the public and provide regular updates on these impacts.  The group hosted “Communicating Research: Strategies for Public Engagement” event on May 19th where more than 30 faculty discussed motivations, secondary benefits for engaging in this work as well as lessons learned. As an outcome of these efforts the group has proposed a two-year pilot dedicated to increasing faculty skills and the support system for effective and targeted public dissemination.

Motivated by the general desire of the community to increase our impact and visibility from research and scholarship the group reached out to various faculty advisory groups to gather input on potential strategic performance metrics that aspirational goals could be set to describe a much more comprehensive research and scholarship objective by 2025. Subsequently, studies were conducted to identify quantifiable aspirational goals that would have concrete impact in move the university forward. This draft strategic plan is now being presented to a broader set of groups included Dean’s and the original faculty advisory groups to refine the proposal.

After a successful pilot employing flexible facilities (AAC 152) to serve multiple purposes during a business week including research lab, meeting and class needs, the group evaluated the use of the Faculty Reading Room and determined usage was higher than expected. Over an 18-month period 229 unique individuals accessed the facility with 66 utilizing the room more than 10 times resulting in 202 visits per month by 29 people. The group is now seeking new information and suggestions from faculty research teams on how space like those in the AAC can serve the scholarly research needs of faculty in creative ways.

Last Updated: 6/5/17

Corinne Lengsfeld

Associate Provost for Research

Jesse Owen

Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education

Joseph Ryan

Research Visualization Engineer

Julie Cunningham

Director of Sponsored Programs

Kim Bender

Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Graduate School of Social Work

Michael Levine-Clark

Dean, University Libraries

Oliver Kaplan

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Knowledge Bridges Incubator

We are working to develop the “scaffold” upon which DU’s next generation of multidisciplinary activities can successfully develop. We conducted initial research into existing Knowledge Bridge activities at DU and found that the most common barriers to progress were time, money, staff support, common facility space and cross-unit coordination.

To help overcome these barriers, thematic “convenings” that nurture organic clusters of faculty around topics of relevance to society were held by multiple implementation working groups. These events gather faculty in a single place to share their expertise and interests, develop common or synergistic goals, and/or prepare them to compete successfully for funding. Convenings held this past year by implementation teams included but were not limited to: DU CARES, Research Institute on Social Policy Impact, CWC’s event on research on women and girls, Public Good Forums, and more. We will continue to foster such events and meetings in the next academic year.

We have also changed the language of the Professional Research Opportunity Fund (PROF) and proposed to increase the funds available for a 3-person multi-disciplinary team from $30,000-$45,000 for the next application cycle. The proposal is currently under review by Faculty Senate.

Last Updated: 6/22/17

Corinne Lengsfeld

Associate Provost for Research

Erica Chenoweth

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Rebecca Chopp


Shelly Smith-Acuña

Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Susan Korach

Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education

Center on American Politics

The Center on American Politics is designed to facilitate scholarship on American Politics across many different departments and divisions and to promote discussion of current political issues for the benefit of the students and the larger campus community. 

Led by Director Seth Masket, The Center has three core objectives:

  1. Enhance the quality, quantity, distribution, and application of rigorous, creative work by its scholars, while promoting student engagement in American politics;
  2. Foster education through scholarly and community programming; and
  3. Provide easy access and support for policy makers, media and organizations in the Rocky Mountain region

During its inaugural year, Masket will be joined by Leanne ten Brinke, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Juan Carlos Lopez, assistant professor in the Department of Economics — the 2017 – 2018 Center faculty affiliates.

Representative Cole Wist (R-Aurora), a DU alumnus, kicked off our first event, a panel discussion, this spring. The panel discussed different aspects of President Trump’s first hundred days, including his legislative record, his communications style, and his approach to the courts. The panelists were Alen Chen (Sturm College of Law), Derrigan Silver (Media, Film and Journalism Studies), Susan Schulten (Department of History), Christina Wolbrecht (Department of Political Science at Notre Dame University) and Seth Masket (Department of Political Science).
Last Updated: 7/18/17

Seth Masket

Director, Center for American Politics and Professor, Political Science

Center for Professional Development

In an era where alternative credentialing is becoming more accepted within certain industries and sought after by younger professionals, DU’s CPD provides the “space” and structure for DU to deliberately experiment with new configurations of professional programming that uphold the University’s standards of exceptional quality and value.

While the CPD was initially conceived from a common goal of four graduate units at DU—the Graduate School of Social Work, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University College, and the Morgridge College of Education—the implementation team researched opportunities and barriers that will allow the CPD to expand its offerings to represent to all units across the university. We are collaborating with key units across campus:

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Office of Graduate Studies
  • University Counsel
  • Office of Sponsored Research and the Associate Provost for Research
  • University Advancement
  • Global Networks
  • Senior Associate Provost for Budget and Planning
  • Deans’ Council

After having presented a 2.0 concept paper to the Provost and the Deans’ Council, we have submitted a formal proposal to the Chancellor and Provost.

Ultimately, the CPD will provide a high-quality and unique professional development option, create revenue and engage alumni in a meaningful way. If we are truly successful, satisfied students will enroll in degree- or certificate-bearing graduate programs.

To view current CPD offerings, please visit:

Last Updated: 6/5/17

Erica Elvove

Assistant Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Karen Riley

Dean, Morgridge College of Education

Michael McGuire

Dean, University College

Phil Tedeschi

Clinical Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Theresa Ahrens

Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications

Wendy Fish

Strategy and Operations Office, Center for Professional Development


DU CARES—Community Access to Research, Education and Service—will leverage the university’s deep and broad expertise in mental and behavioral health to help Colorado become one of the best places to receive integrated and effective mental health care in the United States. DU CARES will be a model for integrating research, academic coursework, service/clinical practice, and policy work, thereby making all of these functions more easily accessible to individuals, families, agencies and organizations.

After consulting 56 faculty members evenly distributed between GSSW, MCE, GSPP and AHSS through workshops this spring and after gathering feedback from 22 surveys, we drafted a vision and mission statement and formed a working group to tackle the next steps, including developing an infrastructure. Members of the working group are:

  • Jennifer Bellamy, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW representative)
  • Kim Gorgens, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP representative)
  • Omar Gudino, Assistant Professor, Psychology (AHSS representative)
  • Lynett Henderson-Metzger, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP representative)
  • Julianne Mitchell, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW representative)
  • Jesse Owen, Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education (MCE representative)
  • Jessica Reinhardt, Clinical Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education (MCE representative)
  • Sarah Watamura, Associate Professor, Psychology (AHSS representative)

Last Updated: 7/18/17

Amanda Moore McBride

Dean, Graduate School of Social Work

Anne DePrince

Professor, Psychology and Faculty Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

Sarah Watamura

Associate Professor, Psychology

Shelly Smith-Acuña

Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Institute for Social Policy Research

The goal of the Institute for Social Policy Research is to examine the impact of social policy on various sections of the population and to explore the factors that influence society’s perceptions of those policies. The institute will invest in research infrastructure for the social science community, offer research and community linkages, convene conferences of leading scholars and students, and collaborate with universities and think tanks to promote research and innovation in the field.  Our team presented a draft of a brief overview concept paper to the Provost earlier this year. In March, we hosted a town hall with faculty to receive their input. 48 faculty members attended from across the university representing 11 units. Taking into consideration the faculty’s input as well as the Provost’s feedback, we are working on revisions to the concept paper and plan on submitting a proposal later this summer.

Last Updated: 6/5/17

Fred Cheever

Professor, Sturm College of Law

Gregg Kvistad


Karen Riley

Dean, Morgridge College of Education

Rachel Epstein

Professor and Co-Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Seth Masket

Professor, Political Science

Institute for the Study of Freedom, Opportunity and Inclusivity

After researching the mission, goals and purpose of leading university-based social justice centers, this group created a vision and draft proposal for an Institute for the Study of Freedom, Opportunity and Inclusivity at DU. That vision prioritizes the production of knowledge, curriculum development, training, and policy development on a national and international scale.

Now the implementation team is completing a proposal for a pilot project that will bring together local and national scholars, practitioners, and community activists to assist us in the next steps of conceptualization and implementation.

Billy Stratton

Associate Professor, English

Frank Tuitt

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Inclusive Excellence

Lili Rodriguez

Vice Chancellor, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence

Maria Salazar

Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education

Sarah Pessin

Professor, Philosophy and Director, Center for Judaic Studies

Tom Romero

Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence Research and Curriculum and Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA) is a new multi-disciplinary institute on the University of Denver campus with a vision to improve the quality in life, wellness and community.

Throughout the spring, KIHA hosted multiple speakers. Sara H. Qualls, PhD, who was the first lecturer in our Yale Family Endowed Lectureship Series on April 6, 2017. Qualls presented on Caregiver Family Therapy: Intervention to Guide Families Through Transitions.

Brain Rounds on April 28, 2017 featured on KIHA Research Professor Aurélie Ledreux, Ph.D. She presented the latest findings related to exosomes, specifically as it pertains to biomarkers of aging-related disorders, and will introduce some potential features of exosomes as therapeutics.

On May 2, 2017, the University of Denver Pre-professional/Allied Health Advising, Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement (CCESL), and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging presented Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD, who is the Chief Research Officer at Denver Health and Hospital Authority. She spoke about Reducing Disparities in Health and Health Care: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go.

KIHA also offers weekly Tai Chi, which supports healthy aging. Come join us!

  • Day: Every Friday
  • Time: 1-2pm
  • Location: Rotunda, 5th floor, Engineering and Computer Science Building                                            2155 East Wesley Avenue – South end of campus.

To engage with KIHA, make sure to check out our webpage:

Last Updated: 6/5/17

Haluk Ogmen

Senior Associate Dean, Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Joe Angleson

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Leslie Hasche

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

Lotta Granholm

Executive Director, Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging