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2021 Faculty Award Recipients

April 27, 2021

Each year, the Office of the Provost honors one of CU Denver’s greatest assets—its remarkable faculty—with the faculty awards. The accolades recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, leadership and service, research and creative activities, librarianship, faculty mentoring, and practices related to instructional, research, and clinical faculty.  

All faculty award winners will be recognized at CU Denver’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, and potentially at in-person events in late fall.

Congratulations to the CU Denver faculty below!


Note: Campus award winners are denoted with an asterisk. 


Excellence in Leadership and Service
(Selected by a committee comprising previous award winners)

Michael Berry, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Political Science)

Paula Gallegos, PhD, School of Education & Human Development 

Storm Gloor, MBA, College of Arts & Media (Music & Entertainment Industry Studies)

Vicki Lane, PhD, Business School

Kelly McCusker, MPA, MSLIS, Auraria Library

John Ronquillo, PhD, School of Public Affairs

Stephanie Santorico, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

Ken Schroeppel, MURP, College of Architecture and Planning (Urban and Regional Planning)

*Vivian Shyu, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Psychology) 


Excellence in Teaching
(Selected by a committee comprising previous award winners)

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
*Steffen Borgwardt, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

Jenna Burke, PhD, Business School

Diane Estrada, PhD, LMFT, School of Education & Human Development

Melissa Furness, MFA, College of Arts & Media (Visual Arts)

Wesley Marshall, PhD, PE, College of Engineering, Design and Computing (Civil Engineering)

Andrew Scahill, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (English)

Anthony Starke, PhD, School of Public Affairs

Christoph Stefes, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Political Science)

Instructional/Research/Clinical Faculty
*Lindsey Hamilton, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Psychology)

Sheila Huss, DPA, School of Public Affairs

Chao Liu, PhD, College of Engineering, Design and Computing (Electrical Engineering)

Stephen C. Schaf, MFA, College of Arts & Media (Visual Arts)

Jo VandenBurg, MArch, College of Architecture and Planning (Architecture)

Carón Westland, PhD, School of Education & Human Development

Pamela Whitten, MA, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

e.j. Yoder, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Communication)


Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Work (two campus winners) 
(Selected by a committee comprising previous award winners)

Farnoush Banaei-Kashani, PhD, College of Engineering, Design and Computing (Computer Science and Engineering)

Troy Butler, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

*Michelle Bauer Carpenter, MFA, College of Arts & Media (Visual Arts)

David Chandler, PhD, Business School

*Deserai A. Crow, PhD, School of Public Affairs

Martin Huber, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Physics)

Remi Kalir, PhD, School of Education & Human Development

Meng Li, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Health & Behavioral Sciences)

Karen Sobel, EdD, Auraria Library

Rick Sommerfeld, MArch, College of Architecture and Planning (Architecture)


Excellence in Faculty Mentoring
(Selected by the Center for Faculty Development and Advancement) 

Lucy Dwight, PhD, School of Public Affairs 


Excellence in Librarianship
(Selected by the Library Faculty Personnel Committee

Keith E. Teeter, MLIS, Auraria Library


Excellence in Practices Related to Instructional, Research, and Clinical Faculty (Selected by the University of Colorado Denver Association of Lecturers and Instructors [UCDALI] Committee) 

Psychology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences