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Announcing 2020 Faculty Awards

April 20, 2020

Drum roll, please … The recipients of the 2020 Faculty Awards have been announced! On April 20, Roderick Nairn, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, notified the CU Denver community of the awardees via email.

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.  

“The awards are special not only because they acknowledge outstanding performance in our core areas as a university, but also because they are recognition by colleagues and students of this exemplary work,” Nairn said in the email announcement.

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)

Jimi Adams, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Health & Behavioral Sciences)
* Peter Anthamatten, PhD, MPH, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Geography and Environmental Sciences)
Sebawit Bishu, PhD, School of Public Affairs
Amanda Charlesworth, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology)
Ronald Ramirez, PhD, Business School
Shea Swauger, MLS, Auraria Library
Maria Uribe, PhD, School of Education & Human Development


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

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Joanna C. Dunlap, PhD, School of Education & Human Development
Kyle Ehrhardt, PhD, Business School
Todd Ely, PhD, School of Public Affairs
Audrey Hendricks, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
Eric Jewett, BA, College of Arts & Media (Theatre, Film & Video Production)
Adam Lippert, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sociology)
Annika C. Mosier, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology)

Instructional/Research/Clinical Faculty
Maryam Darbeheshti, PhD, College of Engineering, Design and Computing (Mechanical Engineering)
Dennis DeBay, PhD, School of Education & Human Development
Robyn Mobbs, PhD, School of Public Affairs
Elizabeth Pugliano, PhD, College of Arts & Media (Visual Arts)
Maren Scull, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sociology)


Excellence in Research and Creative Activities 
(Selected by a committee comprising previous award winners)

Vinit Desai, PhD, Business School 
Bryan Leister, MFA, College of Arts & Media (Visual Arts)
Geoffrey Propheter, PhD, School of Public Affairs
Gregory Ragland, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology)
Daniel Rees, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Economics)
Xiaojun Ren, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Chemistry)
Robert (Bud) Talbot, PhD, School of Education & Human Development
Kai Yu, PhD, College of Engineering, Design and Computing (Mechanical Engineering)


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

Jane Hansberry, PhD, School of Public Affairs 


Excellence in Librarianship
(Selected by the Library Faculty Personnel Committee) 

Rachel Stott, MLIS, MS, 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) 

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