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With a combination of appointed faculty from the University of Denver and adjunct faculty with extensive real-world experience in their fields, our expert faculty at University College understand adult learning theories and provide practice-based education to busy adults. Students gain the hands-on skills and foundational knowledge needed to excel in their chosen industries, all while learning from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach.

Our faculty lead dynamic discussions in the classroom, hold rigorous academic standards, and embrace innovative technologies and curriculum designed specifically for adult learners. Learn more about the faculty at University College by browsing the descriptions below.

Wendy Bolyard

Dr. Wendy Bolyard has worked in higher education for almost 20 years. In her current role as Director of Graduate Enrollment Management at the University of Denver, Dr. Bolyard works with graduate programs to develop best practices in recruiting and admissions, model business processes, and create financial aid leveraging strategies. She is also working to solidify the technology infrastructure to support automation of routine tasks and report on performance.

Dr. Bolyard has consulted with numerous higher education institutions on performance management and constituent relationship management. She has worked for three public universities, a Fortune 500 company, a small non-profit organization, and she sat on the Non-Profit Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bolyard has been teaching online for the past eight years. In 2006, Dr. Bolyard received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. In addition, she holds a B.S.J. and M.A. from West Virginia University.

Xavier Bruce

Dr. Xavier “Professor X” Bruce (DBA in Global Supply Chain Management, Walden University; MBA in Information Systems Management, Wayland Baptist University; BS in Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy) has taught graduate-level courses in supply chain management for the past five years. Universities include Colorado Technical University, Florida Institute of Technology, American Public University System, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Professor X has previous experience with Defense Logistics Agency and Owens and Minor.

Cara DiEnno

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Sara Dirscherl

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Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards (MS in Management, Regis University; Honours degree in Engineering, Loughborough University) has a wealth of experience in leading major projects in the telecommunications, medical technology, pharmaceutical, electronics, and consumer industries in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and the United States. As a former senior executive with international corporations such as Pfizer, Searle, American Home Products, The B.O.C. Group, Siebe plc (now Invensys), and Teledyne, Mr. Edwards brings a broad global knowledge of product development and management to his classroom. Students appreciate Mr. Edwards’ obvious experience in the industry, which offer them the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the field. Mr. Edwards’ ability to provide effective feedback and to guide classroom conversations is what students like best.

Ellen Evancheck

Ellen Evancheck (MPC in Organizational Development, Learning, and Training from the University of Denver; BA in History and Secondary Education, University of Colorado, Boulder) has over 25 years of experience in learning and development with a focus on improving organizational effectiveness through opportunities for continuous learning, growth, and development. Ellen began her career in teaching and learning as a Secondary Social Studies Teacher and then as a Program Director of award-winning programs for a not-for-profit education foundation. Ellen has also worked in the software industry developing, and delivering training in the roles of Training Manager and Implementation Manager. She also created and led the Learning and Development function for a rapidly growing software company as the Employee Development Manager. Ellen currently works at the University of Denver as an Instructional Support Specialist involved in instructional design and faculty support and development. As adjunct faculty for University College at DU, Ellen takes a learner-centered approach that involves interaction, practice, feedback, and reflection.

Allison Friederichs

Allison Friederichs (PhD in Communication, University of Denver) is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of Denver’s University College. Prior to that, she was the Director of Columbia College, a non-profit liberal arts & sciences college located in Denver, CO. She has taught Communication courses for University College since 2003 and was an adjunct faculty member of the Human Communication Studies Department at DU for 12 years. Allison’s extensive experience brings knowledge in professional communication, higher education assessment and curriculum development to the classroom. Students appreciate Allison’s knowledge, course discussions, engagement and useful feedback.

RJ Graham

RJ Graham, PhD, is a graduate of the counseling pyschology doctoral program at the University of Denver. As a licensed psychologist, educator and consultant, she brings a wide range of experience to her teaching. She has consulted with numerous organizations, specializing in leadership skills, executive coaching, conflict management, team building, and interpersonal communication. Her consulting focuses on executive, management and organizational effectiveness, working with companies to create a variety of customized programs. Clinically, she spends the majority of her time on neuropsychological evaluations (closed head injuries), and has been called upon to investigate sexual harassment cases, wrongful termination, and custody evaluation. Historically, she enjoys providing couples counseling as well as individual and group psychotherapy services. In addition to her clinical and consulting skill and experience, she has years of experience as an instructor in a wide range of topics at DU at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Matthew Henningsen

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Robert Herrick

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John Hill

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, is an environmental and investment consultant. He began his career as a California Legislature staff member working on the state’s environmental and energy policies. This was followed by work in Europe where he performed environmental and safety risk analyses related to expanding oil and gas exploration and production operations in the North Sea. In 1984, Dr. Hill was appointed Director of Environmental Operations for Aerojet-General, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and rocket propulsion systems. Subsequently, he was a Senior Vice President at Kaiser Group International where, among other duties, he had executive management responsibilities at a cleanup and closure project for Rocky Flats, a former nuclear weapons facility. Dr. Hill was also an Investment Director for a European venture capital and development firm, where he focused on energy and environmental investments. He has worked on many environmental sites and projects in the United States and abroad and has gained extensive professional experience with environmental statutes and regulations, general management (including reengineering), project management, performance of site investigation, remedial design, and remedial construction activities, architect and engineering services, and construction management, analytical laboratory operations, negotiation of consent decrees, settlements and permits, environmental compliance programs (including ISO 14000), risk assessment and environmental impact evaluations, and environmental data management systems.

Dr. Hill is the academic director and and instructor for University College's master of environmental policy and management degree at the University of Denver. He also teaches in University College's enrichment program.

Elizabeth Kelchner

Dr. Kelchner has over 30 years experience as a social worker and has worked in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, and aging. She helped develop and taught in the social work program at Binghamton University in New York State and currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in the areas of policy, community and organizational practice, leadership, and aging. Dr. Kelchner is also a field instructor for 9to5, National Association of Working Women. She recently developed and will teach a policy class for University College students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at the University of Denver. She has numerous publications and conference presentations at local and national forums. Her current research interests include grandparent headed households and elder abuse. She chairs the Committee on Aging for the National Association of Social Workers-Colorado Chapter and is a volunteer ombudsman.

Megan Kelly

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Michelle Kruse-Crocker

Michelle Kruse-Crocker (PhD in Higher Education Administration and Adult Studies, University of Denver; MS in Exercise Science, Colorado State University; BS in Health Education, University of Wisconsin) is the Manager of Academic Projects for University College, which includes experiencial learning, academic internships, international study, service in non-profits, faculty recruitment, curriculum planning, English teaching for Japanese teachers, Emerging Leaders in Development and specialty academic programs. With research interests in higher education and wellness, Dr. Kruse- Crocker brings knowledge in financial aid, college student persistence, health education, wellness, and training to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Kruse-Croker’s encouragement, feedback on assignments and professionalism.

David Lisman

David Lisman was the Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning from 1999-2005. He has a bachelors and a masters degree in philosophy from Baylor University and a doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Previously, a philosophy professor and Director of the Community Involvement Center at the Community College of Aurora, Dr. Lisman has been a community college leader in the service-learning movement. He has served on four national projects, two with the American Association of Community Colleges and two with the Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges.

His books include: Beyond the Tower: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Philosophy Service-Learning, American Association of Higher Education, 2000;Toward a Civil Society: Civic Literacy and Service-Learning, Bergin & Garvey, 1998; The Curricular Integration of Ethics: Theory and Practice, Praeger, 1996; Promoting Community Renewal Through Civic Literacy and Service-Learning, Co-editor, a Jossey Bass New Directions volume, 1996. He has published many articles on the issues of ethics and service learning

Dr. Lisman has given over eighty local, regional, and national keynote addresses and presentations on topics pertaining to ethics, civic responsibility, and service-learning.

Since coming to the University of Denver in 1999, Dr. Lisman has raised over two million dollars in grants to support his Center.

Mya Martin-Glenn

Mya L. Martin-Glenn is the Director for the Accountability & Research Division at Aurora Public Schools. She has worked for 10 years in educational research and evaluation in the Denver Metro area at Mid-continent Research for Education (McREL) and JVA Consulting. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and English with a minor in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS; an MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research and Evaluation Methodology from the University of Colorado, Denver; and earned a PhD at the University of Denver in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Research Methods. During her experience as a researcher she has been involved in all aspects of survey development, site recruitment, conducting and interpreting complex statistical analysis, and reporting study results for several large, multi-year projects. She has extensive experience conducting narrative research synthesis and statistical meta-analysis. Her doctoral coursework has included advanced statistical analysis such as Multivariate analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, and Hierarchical Linear Modeling, all of which she was able to use when working on analyzing secondary data from large, national datasets such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the School and Staffing Survey (SASS). Her areas of interest include preservice and inservice teacher education, urban education, and academic success of economically disadvantaged students. In addition to working as a researcher and evaluator, Mya has taught courses in undergraduate cultural anthropology, English to nonnative speakers, and graduate-level research methods, measurement, and statistics courses.

Evans Mehew

Master’s in Telecommunications, University of Denver, is a Senior Technical Analyst for Galileo International, Inc. and has corporate experience in business analysis, project management, configuration management and account management. (MOTM and TELE)

Brooke Myers

B.S. in Physics, LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY); M.S. in Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver; Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Denver. Dr. Corbett's research and experimental background constitutes a variety of experiences in fields such as telescope-making, thin film deposition, lower to middle atmospheric physics, materials science and metallurgy, and hypervelocity impact physics.

Paul Novak

Paul Novak (MA in Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado; BA in History and Journalism; Rutgers University) is the Instructional Designer for University College at the University of Denver. Paul brings knowledge in instructional design techniques to create educational experiences in both academic and corporate settings to the classroom. He has developed face-to-face classes as well as computer and web based training incorporating a wide range of learning strategies for technical and non-technical subject matter. Students appreciate Paul’s willingness to help students and useful course materials.

Paul Nuzum

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Leah O'Grady

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Allison O'Grady

Allison O’Grady (ABJ in Advertising, University of Georgia; BS in Psychology, University of Georgia; MA in Higher Education, University of Denver) currently works as an Instructional Support Specialist at University College. In this position, Allison assists faculty with course design and assessment measures, implements new technology into UCOL courses, trains faculty in the use of instructional design strategies, and contributes to strategic planning initiatives to enhance academic quality at University College. Allison specializes in presentation design, instructional technology, portfolio design, editing, and writing across academic and professional mediums.

Beverly Obenchain

MBA, University of Denver, is a consultant and educator whose background in business strategy, leadership, project management, executive and management development, performance systems and finance provides a broad, cross-functional perspective of organizations. She has been President of Obenchain & Associates, LLC since its inception in 1990. Prior to forming her own company, Bev held senior executive positions with WildBlue Communications, EchoStar, Coors Ceramics and the University of Denver. Bev is a certified yoga teacher.

Her book, Profitable Projects-Money Angles for Project Managers, was used in several university courses and corporate training programs. (MOTM, PROS, COMM)

Amy Osatinsky

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Andreas Polycarpou

M.C.I.S., University of Denver; B.A.,University of Minnesota, is a Senior Analyst at CyTECH Inc. He has over twenty years of progressive experience and responsibility in information management and data processing, including software design and development, project management, requirements analysis, application prototyping, documentation, support, and training using structured analysis and object oriented design and development. He has expert knowledge of UNIX, C, C++ and Relational Database Management and experience in the design and development of business and scientific applications, relational database systems, graphical applications, and cross-platform interfaces. (CIS)

M. Kimo Quaintance

Dr. Kimo Quaintance is native of Evergreen, Colorado, and currently lives in Munich, Germany where he lectures in International Relations at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmish-Partenkirchen. His previous work experience includes two years as a foreign expert for the Chinese Academy of Sciences and four years as a broadcast engineer and project manager for CBS Television, where he won two Emmy awards for outstanding engineering achievement.

Kimo holds a BA from Penn State, an MLitt and PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His current research interests include the security dimensions of social networks and mobile technologies, with a focus on emerging markets, which he conducts in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford University and the British Institute in East Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kristine Reyes

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Chelsie Ruge

Chelsie Ruge (MA in Humanities, University of Chicago, BA in English and Modern Studies, University of Virginia) has over ten years of experience learning about and teaching literature, research and writing. As an Instructional Support Specialist at the University of Denver’s University College, Ms. Ruge brings a clear understanding of course development and teaching practices to her curriculum. Students appreciate Ms. Ruge’s interactive approach and organized style. Her ability to share her own insights and provide appropriate feedback is what students like best about Ms. Ruge.

David Russell

David Russell earned his B.F.A. in Painting/ Art History from the University of Tulsa. He then completed his K-12 Art Education teacher licensure program at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Russell received his M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. His thesis and work explores the modernization of the L.A. infrastructure, the politics of art in public space, ethical strategies of community engagement and alternative pedagogical strategies. Russell is currently the co-executive director of an arts-based organization that focuses on mural education and production in Los Angeles.

Linda Sanders

Dr. Linda Sanders (PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver, MEd in English, Boston University, BA in Theater, Brandeis University) has designed interdisciplinary curricula; provided instruction; and developed programs in the fields of communication, education, and the literary and performing arts for colleges and universities, public school districts, and major arts institutions throughout the United States. As an experienced scholar-practitioner in higher education, Linda’s continuing primary purpose is to develop integrated student learning opportunities through academic contexts, real-world applications, and meaning-making processes.

Ann Snell

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Saran Stewart

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Chelsea Stow

M.A. in Communication Studies, Texas Tech University.
B.A. in Speech Communication, West Texas A&M University.

Chelsea Stow is currently a 3rd-year doctoral student and graduate teaching instructor in the department of Human Communication Studies at the University of Denver. Ms. Stow has previously taught at Texas Tech University and is an experienced instructor, especially with Communication and Creative Expression classes. Her research interests include: family communication, conflict, premarital education, divorce, and communication about the environment. Currently, Chelsea is working on her doctoral dissertation which focuses on family conflict and communication during periods of relational transition and role/identity negotiation.



Courses Taught at DU
HCOM 1100, Communication in Personal Relationships
CREX 1212, Ideas that Matter
CREX 1213, Speaking on Special Occasions
CREX 1214, World Affairs

Kara Taczak

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Sean Tierney

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Tonya Tomak Maurer

Tonya Tomak Maurer was a Technology Solutions Consultant and Project Manager for six years in Chicago at an international employee benefits consulting firm. Previously, she was the Director of Database Production for a healthcare information firm and the Director of Reporting and Analysis for a healthcare administrator. She has over ten years of experience in systems design and implementation.

Tonya enjoys teaching at University College with a focus on practical applications while giving every student the opportunity for a positive course experience. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Information Systems Management.

Michele Tyson

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Danielle Wise

Education/Training

Iliff School of Theology
Religion & Philosophy
Denver, CO

Family Tree, Inc.
Domestic Violence Certificate
Denver, CO

Pacifica Graduate Institute
M.A. Counseling Psychology
Santa Barbara, CA

University of TX at SA
B.A. Humanities
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio College
A.A. Theatre & Communications
San Antonio, TX

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