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.
Nick Arce works as an Interpreter and Translator for both Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and PALS for Health Interpreting Agency. Nick Arce received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University, Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics
(current) and a Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation Studies from California State University Long Beach. During his undergraduate career, Nick lived abroad in Madrid, Spain and studied Spanish literature and linguistics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Nick Arce is certified in Localization by the Globalization and Localization Association and the Localization Institute.
Antone Baltz (MLS in Global Affairs, University of Denver; BA in American Studies and German, University of Norte Dame) is an award-winning legal journalist who has published numerous articles on new laws and regulations in legal journals and publications. In addition, Antone is an oral historian and teaches writing, history and international affairs. He speaks German, Spanish and Italian and has studied French and Russian. Antone brings unique knowledge in journalism, politics, international affairs and news law to the classroom. Students appreciate Antone’s engagement, thought-provoking discussions and his ability to use personal experiences to enrich the course environment.
PhD in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Sarah Bania-Dobyns received her PhD from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her research has its foundations in the late medieval European world, understood by historians as the long Reformation period (fifteenth-sixteenth centuries). In particular, she is interested in the constitutive ideas, texts, and artifacts that contributed to making late medieval international society. In addition, she is interested in how historians shape modern readers’ understandings of the past according to their historical periodization and narrative choices. These questions inform her current work-in-progress, a fictional historical account of the life of Jan Hus, a long-Reformation era priest and theologian. She also has a recent article in the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning. She has taught in the fields of political science, history, religious studies, and in interdisciplinary, general education programs. In all her classes, she incorporates writing intensive approaches to teach students how to think critically and interact within the conversations of their respective fields.
Heather Booth (MA in International and Intercultural Communications, University of Denver; MA in English Literature, University of New Orleans; BA in English, Northeast Louisiana University) is a university instructor with a passion for higher education and adult education. Heather has also worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and several international NGO projects funded through the UN, UNHCR, the EU, and USAID. Heather brings unique knowledge in American Literature, writing and experience working with different cultures to the classroom. Students appreciate Heather’s academic knowledge, engagement and real word experience.
• London School of Economics, Master of Science, Comparative Politics
• Colorado College, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Becky has a Certificate of International Trade and Professional Experience from Metropolitan State College of Denver/World Trade Center-Denver. She has a diverse background in politics, public relations and international business. Most recently, she was a consultant for a large political consulting firm, helping Fortune 500 client communicate with the media, government and its customers.
Becky also has experience in state and federal government, serving as a press secretary on a Texas gubernatorial campaign, working for a U.S. Congressman in Washington, DC and for the Governor of Colorado in International Trade. She spent three years as Director of International Development at eCollege, a Denver eLearning company. Becky has 2 daughters and plans to pursue a PhD in Political Science.
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Beth Fischer (MCRP in City and Regional Planning, Harvard University; BA in Economics, Mount Holyoke College) is a Denver-based Senior Technical Advisor with IntraHealth International. Her work in maternal newborn child health and nutrition has encompassed government health system strengthening, service delivery innovations, social franchising, community health insurance, and quality improvement. She has lived and worked in Uganda, India and Tajikistan and provided technical assistance in many other countries.
Dr. Rob Flaherty (PhD in Social Psychology, Ohio State; MBA, Baker University) has served in both faculty and administrative positions in higher education. As a faculty member, Rob has taught both traditional and non-traditional students, with over 15 years of experience of teaching working adult. He has taught courses in psychology, research design, organizational behavior, leadership and statistics and marketing, and has worked as a part-time marketing research consultant (survey design and analysis). As an administrator and campus leader, Rob has been involved in institutional change, strategic planning and continuous improvement processes, and is currently the Director of Academic Assessment at DU. Dr. Flaherty brings a combination of academic skills (e.g., research design, writing, psychological theory) and organizational experience (e.g., organizational and professional development, strategic planning, continuous improvement) to inform his classroom teaching and course design. Students appreciate Rob’s useful feedback and encouragement in the online classroom.
Dr. Karen Gieseker (PhD in Analytical Health Sciences – Epidemiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center) has had various roles in the health care. She has worked as an epidemiologist at the Children's Hospital in Denver and worked for many organizations including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Stop Transmission of Polio project in Tanzania, the Polio Eradication Branch, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Division of International Health, Coordinating Center for Global Health at CDC. Dr. Gieseker served as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University, faculty for the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) in Nairobi, Kenya and as course organizer and faculty for the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Centre Field Epidemiology Training Course in Singapore. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and was the Global Health Track Director, the Evidence-Based Medicine Thread Director and the Mentored Scholarly Activity Global Health Associate Director for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Additionally, she was the Global Health Education Director for the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. She is currently an adjunct faculty for the University College at the University of Denver and the Brydine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions for Georgia State University. Her current research includes the sustainability of global health, development and education programs in Peru and around the world.
Autumn is an Enterprise Development Specialist in the Office of Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington D.C. where she works with USAID missions around the world in fostering inclusive and sustainable economic development.
Her previous experience includes a year in Jordan helping local entrepreneurs address sustainable development challenges in the Middle East, as well as consulting with many businesses and non-profit organizations in strategy, finance, operations and sustainability.
Autumn earned International MBA in Sustainable Development and MA in International and Intercultural Communications at the University of Denver.
Research interests include the private sector’s role in development--inclusive markets, value chain development, entrepreneurship, access to finance, as well as creating shared value and social investing--with particular attention to gender and the environment.
Kori Gouge earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. She completed a TEFL program in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has taught ESL classes and also spent several years as a test preparation teacher for The Princeton Review. She is passionate about Latin American culture and has studied, traveled, and led groups in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. She has been working in the non-profit and education field for the past 8 years. In her current role as Manager of Youth Services for Goodwill Industries of Denver, she works with students in urban schools from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor pursuits.
A native of Germany, Dr. Heine holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociolinguistics and Translation and Interpretation (German, English, Russian), from the University of Leipzig. He has over 30 years of university teaching, research, and administration, first at his Alma mater, and from 1992 to 2001 as professor of German Translation and Interpretation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (California). He has worked extensively as a professional translator and interpreter on five continents, including serving as official conference interpreter at five Olympic Games (Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens). Manfred currently works as a conference interpreter and language consultant.
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Dr. Angela Loder (PhD, University of Toronto; MA, University of Toronto; BA, Carleton University) is a researcher and strategic planner whose work looks at sustainable urban form, health, nature and healthy eating and active living (HEAL). Dr. Loder brings knowledge in urban planning, human geography, globalization and sustainability to the classroom. She has collaborated with the City of Chicago and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and published in the healthcare design and urban planning fields. She successfully wrote a $1.6 million dollar state-funded HEAL grant with Jefferson County Public Health and working with them to implement the grant. Dr. Loder has also worked on a federally funded interdisciplinary project linking energy conservation, occupant comfort and behaviour, and human factors engineering.
Theodoric (Ted) Manley, Jr. is currently the president and executive director of the Hoop Institute. He recently joined the faculty at the University of Denver in 2010 as lecturer having served for twenty years as an associate professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. He has a B.A. (1979) in sociology, philosophy, and religion from Tarkio College in Tarkio Missouri; an M.A. (1981) in Rural and Applied sociology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and a Ph.D. (1986) in the areas of Urban sociology and Race and Ethnic relations from the University of Chicago. His research has focused on health (former co-principal investigator of the Healthy Start Initiative in Chicago and program evaluator of the Healthy Sexuality Curriculum of Planned Parenthood Chicago), urban revitalization and displacement, and White racial identity and attitudes in the United States. He is committed to applied change and social justice practices in the areas of city and neighborhood/community relations, global race, class, gender, sexuality, religion and ethnic relations in “developed” and developing countries, and appropriate technology and research in agriculturally developing areas.
Arianna Nowakoski (PhD in International Studies, University of Denver) teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, including "Gender and International Relations," "Human Rights Research Design and Writing," and "The European Union." She has also taught special topics courses for the Gender and Women's Studies Program, including "Gender and Russian Identity in Historical Perspective," and "Writing Gender Around the World." Arianna’s fields of study are International Politics and Comparative Politics, although her interests extend beyond these areas to include questions of international gender politics and the negotiation of national identities. In particular, Arianna’s research focuses on constructions of masculine subjectivity within articulations of Russia's post-Soviet national idea, emphasizing the interconnectedness of gender identities and conceptions of the nation during times of social and political change. Forthcoming articles include: "Vladimir Putin and the Body Politic: The Coalescence of Corporeality and Temporality in Putin's Russia" and "Performativity and the Negotiation of Masculinities in Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Film."
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Riccardo Schiaffino, a native of Italy, earned the equivalent of an MA in translation at the prestigious Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori of TriesteUniversity in Italy. He has worked as a freelance and corporate translator. Currently he works at Aliquantum Inc., a small company he established to provide translation services and consulting to larger translation companies. He has published a number of articles on translation. His most recent interest is the development of translation quality metrics and tools.
Cris Silva was educated in Brazil and in the United States. In Brazil, she attended the prestigious University of São Paulo, and graduated with a B.A. in French, English and Linguistics from the University of Kansas. She also holds an M.A. in Translation, from Kent State University. With English, Portuguese, Spanish and French as source languages, she has worked in several aspects of the language industry, such as software localization, project management, terminology management, testing, simultaneous interpretation and foreign voice-over production.
Zach Smith, owner and lead translator of Mile High Translation, holds bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Spanish from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He has lived and studied in Guadalajara and Guanajuato, Mexico and has traveled extensively throughout both Mexico and Spain. He earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Master's of Science Degree in Legal Administration from the same institution. In addition to operating Mile High Translation, Mr. Smith is an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver University College Graduate Global Affairs Translation Studies Program.
Arthur Thomas (MBA in International Sales / Marketing, Notre Dame de Namur University) has over 20 years of experience with two Fortune 500 firms, traveling to over 40 countries, giving him a unique perspective on the nuances of navigating through a variety of cultures. His professional career is focused largely on the international logistics arena and evolved to include both international / domestic television and film production. He has worked for large multinational organizations, mid-sized companies, and is himself a small business owner. His industry experience is in global transportation services, international financial support services, cable television, and a government regulatory agency.
Marilyn M. Williams, PhD, MPH received her doctoral degree from University of South Florida, Tampa, in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy. She also possesses a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Environmental and Occupational Health. Her research interests include environmental determinants of health and related outcomes, urban health and health disparities specifically focused on pollution exposure to susceptible populations. She is currently conducting atmospheric exposure and population work in Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas as well as evaluating maternal access to health care and social resources in New Delhi, India.
John Wilson (MA in Counseling Psychology, Denver Seminary; BS in Biology, Clemson University) is a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and CAC II (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor). John brings experience in clinical psychotherapy and mental health to the classroom. Students appreciate John’s engagement, professional background and useful course materials.