Led By:

Corinne Lengsfeld, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education

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

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

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.

We have also changed the language of the Professional Research Opportunity Fund (PROF) and increased the funds available for a 3-person multi-disciplinary team from $30,000-$45,000 for the next application cycle.

Last Updated: 11/28/17 

Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

Corinne Lengsfeld

Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education

Jesse Owen

Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education

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

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

We are focusing on 3 main initiatives for this academic year:

  1. Improving graduate student research support 
  2. Continue piloting flexible facilities to serve multiple purposes during a business week including research lab, meeting and class needs. Last academic year, we 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
  3. Strengthening the success of our faculty to translate research for public use and awareness: Last year we found that 11% of faculty members currently engage in dissemination of their scholarship to the general public. We also hosted “Communicating Research: Strategies for Public Engagement” event where more than 30 faculty discussed motivations and secondary benefits for engaging in this work as well as lessons learned. As an outcome of these efforts the group has designed a two-year pilot dedicated to increasing faculty skills and the support system for effective and targeted public dissemination called Public Impact Fellows.

Public Impact Fellows:

We are excited to announce the launch of the Public Impact Fellows program – an initiative to support University faculty in disseminating their scholarship and research to public venues.

Public Impact Fellows will receive training, access to work shops, and consultation from a new full-time Research Communicator. Training will focus on translating your work for public dissemination using a variety of tools – blogs, radio, television, op-eds, and social media. Public Impact Fellows will meet regularly with their cohort for group trainings and will develop and receive feedback on various products through individual consultation with the Research Communicator.

This two year fellowship program will involve training in year one and mentoring a new cohort of fellows in year two. Public Impact Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 for each year in the program to support their efforts of public scholarship.

The inaugural cohort of Public Impact Fellows will be selected based on their interest and capacity for disseminating their work publicly and their ability to describe how such training will benefit their work and the community. Faculty from across disciplines and career stages are encouraged to apply. Approximately 15-25 individuals will make up the initial cohort of Public Impact Fellows. Selected individuals will be notified in March 2018 for the program launch in April 2018.

Last Updated: 2/12/18

Knowledge Bridges Incubator

Corinne Lengsfeld

Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education

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

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. We are currently drafting a proposal that would result in a campus-wide RFP process for Knowledge Bridge activities.

To help overcome these barriers, thematic “convenings” that nurture organic clusters of faculty around topics of relevance to society are being held across campus. 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. DU Grand Challenges hosted an open forum on Scholarship on Migration in November, as well as the Office of Academic Innovation is continually hosting pop-up faculty clubs (happy hours) and each gathering focuses on a different subject-matter expertise. If you are interested in attending a pop-up, please email Jess Neumann.

In the spirit of One DU and building Knowledge Bridges, the Office of Academic Innovation hosted a design-thinking workshop with six faculty, 11 staff/administrators, and five students to start creating a technical solution for connecting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community for collaboration and problem-based learning opportunities. Based on feedback from the designs session, OAI is working with IT, University Libraries, and MarComm on a prototype.

OAI plans to create a system that accesses information on faculty research, bios, publications and more, and will eventually encompass staff, coaches, and student expertise. This system will be accessible to and searchable by all members of the DU community and eventually external audiences. Based on design session feedback, there is excitement around these capabilities, and also around the ideas of creating an automated feature to update faculty profiles across DU platforms, and in making course registration and connecting across departments more seamless. This project will ultimately help foster cross-campus collaboration among faculty, staff and students.

Last Updated: 2/14/18

Center on American Politics

Seth Masket

Director, Center for American Politics and Professor, Political Science

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 is 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.

We are also currently in the process of hiring our first postdoc.

In early February, we hosted a Q&A session for 30 students with the members of Pod Save America, a podcast consisting of former Obama administration officials that has roughly 1.5 million listeners.

Want to get involved?

Watch the video from our preview for the Colorado state legislative 2018 session on January 5th, featuring four state legislators: Senator Owen Hill (R), Senator Irene Aguilar (D), Representative Chris Hansen (D) and Representative Cole Visit (R).

Listen to the podcast of our event with Representatives Jeff Bridges (D) and Cole Wist (R) in December.

CAP will also be hosting three gubernatorial debates — two party primary debates in mid-June and one general debate in mid-October. Check back soon for more details!

Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of our events and activities.

Last Updated: 2/14/18

Center for Professional Development

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

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 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
  • Office of Academic Innovation

Ultimately, the CPD will provide high-quality and unique professional development options, create alternative revenue streams, and engage alumni in a meaningful way. If we are truly successful, satisfied participants will view the University as a lifelong partner to help them successfully retool and navigate their professional pathways, and enroll in degree- or certificate-bearing graduate programs.

To view current CPD offerings, please visit:

Last Updated: 2/16/18


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

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 in the 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. The working group met throughout the fall and made strong progress. A draft plan is currently under review.

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: 2/14/18

Institute for Social Policy Research

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

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 worked on revisions to the concept paper this summer and submitted a new version to the Chancellor and Provost. We are now incorporating feedback and figuring out next steps.

Last Updated: 10/16/17


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

As we continued work on the Institute for Freedom, Opportunity, and Community Inclusion concept, it morphed into a process of re-envisioning the next phase of IRISE. Therefore, IRISE, in connection with the DU Grand Challenges initiative and DU IMPACT 2025, is re-envisioning its work around creating solutions to persistent racial equity gaps in education, health, income, housing, and employment throughout Colorado. Alongside hosting three forums during the fall term to converse about harnessing the resources of DU toward addressing racial equity gaps; on Friday February 9th, IRISE hosted a day long retreat engaging 55 community partners, faculty, staff and students in rich and collaborative discussion regarding the Losing Ground Report.  From this critical and insightful retreat, IRISE plans to launch into its next phase of work toward closing racial equity gaps in Colorado.

Last Updated: 2/12/18

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA)

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

KIHA provides a holistic approach to healthy aging in their research, partnerships and programs, ensuring access to healthy aging for individuals and communities across a lifetime. It is a leader in interdisciplinary research programs tackling issues such as neurodegenerative disorders, financial decision-making and gerontechnology.

Funded in part by DU IMPACT 2025, our interdisciplinary research team is working on the detection of impaired financial decision-making in aging. In collaboration with outside experts and financial institutions, we are developing a diagnostic tool that could be used by financial and medical personnel to alert the individual and family members of the earliest signs of dementia.

At the time of life when Americans are controlling much of their wealth and planning for the future, many are already affected by cognitive impairment caused by age-related neurodegeneration. Approximately 10% of the 46 million people over 65 in the US have impaired financial acuity.

Initiating this conversation among colleagues at DU led to the identification of a novel research area which spans across several departments in different colleges, exemplifying a DU Knowledge Bridge.

To engage with KIHA and for a list of their upcoming events, make sure to check out our webpage:

Last Updated: 11/28/17