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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.

Rebecca Berg

Rebecca Berg (PhD in English Literature, Cornell University; BA in English, Oberlin College) is a freelance editor, working in a wide range of fields, including creative writing, the humanities, the social sciences, technology, public health and medicine. She has extensive experience as a long-form journalist, having served, from 2003 to 2010, as a staff writer for the Journal of Environmental Health. Rebecca has written three novels, including, Julio’s Ghost, which won the 2008 Dana Award in the Novel. Currently she teaches for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and is working on a fourth novel. Rebecca brings unique knowledge in writing, journalism and teaching to the classroom. Students appreciate Rebecca’s knowledge, passion and encouragement of critical thinking.

Heather Booth

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.

Christine Costello

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Charlotte D'Armond Talbert

Charlotte D’Armond Talbert (PhD in Speech Communication, Theater, Radio, TV and Film, Louisiana State University; MA in Speech Communication, Theater, Radio, TV and Film, Louisiana State University; MLS in Library Science, Louisiana State University; BA in Speech and Theater, Carson-Newman College) has a diverse background as a college theatre professor, graduate instructor in arts management, arts education consultant/grant reviewer and as a performer, producer and director in theatre. As the Coordinator of the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative (a 501(c)(3), Charlotte works closely with marketing, development, volunteer coordinators, operations managers, and education staff from culturals: Central City Opera, CherryArts, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, Denver Art Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Film Society and others. Charlotte finds it very rewarding to assist students in discovering more about the arts and help strengthen their writing/research skills. Her former students include staff at CO Creative Industries, Denver Cultural Council, production staff for Broadway's Cabaret, Hairspray, Red Oaks and Walking Dead and feature –film Lincoln along with college professors, artists, dancers and performers.

Andrea Dupree

M.F.A., Emerson College, is a published fiction writer and experienced teacher of fiction and nonfiction writing. She teaches workshops on the short story, the novel, and the craft of fiction for Lighthouse Writers, a writing school in downtown Denver that she co-founded. She completed a collection of short stories, and she writes monthly columns on the craft of writing for various publications. Her editorial experience includes working as a fiction reader for the Boston literary journal Ploughshares.

Andrea Dupree teaches in University College's Enrichment Program and Master of Liberal Studies program.

Elizabeth Gardner

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gardner (MA in Theology and Biblical Studies at the Iliff School of Theology; BA in Geography, Humboldt State University) is an instructor in Graduate Research and Writing at the University College and is currently working on her dissertation at the University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology. With her background of working in the corporate world, Betsy gives students a unique perspective to relate to students who are immediately continuing their academic career as well as those returning to school after gaining professional experience in other fields. Students appreciate Betsy’s insightful feedback and motivation.

Diana Gatschet

Diana Gatschet (MA in Performing Arts Administration, New York University; BM in Music Performance, University of Denver) is Director of Organizational Advancement at Curious Theater Company where her responsibilities include a principal focus on growing contributed revenue from major donors and board recruitment, and a secondary focus on leadership and stewardship of organizational vision. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Colorado Symphony’s Director of Annual Fund Programs, raising more than $2.1 million of annual contributed revenue from individuals making annual gifts of up to $100,000. Diana brings experience in fundraising, development, and arts administration to the classroom. Students appreciate Diana’s insight, engagement and useful feedback.

Trina Hoefling

Trina Hoefling (MA in Industrial/Organization Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; MA in Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville) is a master teacher, facilitator, leadership coach and business strategist. She is the author of Working Virtually: Transforming the Mobile Workplace, 2nd Edition; Working Virtually: Managing People and Organizations for Virtual Success, 1st Edition; Chapter author, The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams, “The Three-Fold Path: Building Trust in a Virtual Team” and many published business articles. She has served as ED of a nonprofit organization as well as launched multiple businesses and works closely with business owners and key leaders to facilitate healthy collaboration across differences and boundaries. She brings - and invites students to bring - real-world experience to classroom learning. In 2017 Trina is headed to Australia as a learning engagement fellow to help educators better engage learners online and in the classroom.

Leigh Holden

Leigh Holden (MFA in Book Arts, University of Alabama; MFA in Studio Art, University of Alabama; BA in English and French, Benedictine College) is a working artist and instructor. Leigh also studied papermaking at the University of Iowa, where he worked at the UICB Hand Papermaking Facility. Leigh brings knowledge in various practices of art including papermaking, traditional and alternative photography, printmaking, bookbinding, drawing and installation to the classroom. Students appreciate Leigh’s engagement in class discussions and knowledge.

Josephine Jones

MA in Education, Boise State University
BA in English, Boise State University

Josephine Jones has won numerous awards for her poetry, including a fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Her work has been published in anthologies, such as Backwater Press’s Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains; family, gang of four press; and Cattle Bones & Coke Machines, Smiling Dog Press. Her solo performance was recorded on a CD by Earthbeat Studios in Northern California. Since 1986, her poetry has been included in various periodicals, including local newspapers, such as Bozeman Chronicle; Temple; Cabin: The Newsletter of the Log Cabin Literary Center; The Idaho Statesman; 3 Syllables; streetmag; cold-drill & cold-drill tapes; and Zymo.

She has taught creative writing to children and adults since 1990 and presently serves as the Director of the Colorado Center for the Book at Colorado Humanities. Her performances with visual artist Kathy Wren, guitarist Sam Merrick (of Leaving Trains fame) and other musicians, writers, poets, and dancers have been presented in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Colorado. She is also an event and video producer and trained visual artist with a deep appreciation for theater and the visual arts.

Ryan Kelly

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Rachel Knaizer

Rachel Knaizer (MEd in English Education, Lehman College; MA in English Literature, University of Colorado Denver; BA In English Literature, University of Colorado Denver) is a Denver native who has recently returned to her hometown after several years as an educator in New York City. Rachel brings knowledge in English Language Learners, plagiarism studies and education policy to the classroom. Students appreciate Rachel’s intelligence, knowledge, passion, and teaching methods.

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.

Tanya Mote

Tanya Mote (PhD in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; MA in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, BA in Mass Communications and Spanish, University of Denver) is the Associate Director of Su Teatro Performing and Cultural Arts Center. With her background in arts organizations, Tanya brings knowledge in arts in the community, fundraising, audience development and volunteer management to the classroom. Students appreciate Tanya’s knowledge and professionalism.

Amelia Northrup-Simpson

Amelia Northup-Simpson (MA in Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University; BA in Communication and Music, University of Missouri) is the Strategic Communications Specialist at TRG Arts, a consulting firm which focuses on audience development and revenue results from loyalty, pricing, and data. Amelia’s extensive background and education brings knowledge in building sustainable arts organizations, developing and engaging arts audiences, and creating effective marketing and technology strategies to the classroom. Students appreciate Amelia encouragement, knowledge, passion about course topics and course content.

Laura Pritchett

Laura Pritchett (PhD in Literature, Purdue University) is an award-winning, acclaimed author/editor of seven books. Her fiction includes the novel Sky Bridge, which won the WILLA Fiction Award; and the short story collection Hell's Bottom, Colorado, won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award. Laura brings knowledge in short stories, anthologies and fiction to the classroom. Students found Laura to be highly encouraging to their writing and were inspired by her work.

Robert Reich

Bob Reich (MFA in Arts Administration from Institute of Arts Administration at the University of Utah; BA in Liberal Arts, Raymond College at University of the Pacific) brings a diverse professional background in non-profit administration, marketing, organizational development, fundraising/grant writing, teaching and consulting to his classes and work. He has worked for small to large non-profit, academic, community, and municipal organizations over the last several decades. As Executive Director of the Arts Council of Placer County (PlacerArts) and long-term instructor at multiple Universities, colleges, and community education programs, Bob brings decades of practical experience to his classes, using examples from his work and experience as well as theoretical scenarios in the courses he teaches. He encourages questions, ideas, application of students’ experiences, creative thinking and in-depth application of the topics being studied. Students appreciate Bob’s engagement of all students, encouraging discussion and expression of differing ideas and approaches. Bob’s ability to draw out student’s opinions and experiences while applying practical experience and examples is what students like best about Bob.

Andrew Rooney

Andrew Rooney (MFA in Fiction, Naropa University; MSW, St. Louis University) is a writer and teacher. Andrew's collection of fiction, The Colorado Motet, was published in April 2005 by Ghost Road Press. Recent fiction has been published in Open Windows 2005 Anthology, Wazee Journal (Spring/Summer 2005), Edgar Literary Review (Winter 2005), Branches Journal (Oct. 2004), Awakenings Review (Summer 2002), Spectacle Journal (Winter 2002), Hardground 2000 (anthology), won first prize in Seedhouse magazine's fiction competition (2000), and was a finalist in the Faulkner 2000 Novella competition. Andrew brings extensive experience in teaching, fiction, and non-fiction to the classroom. Students enjoy Andrew’s thoughtful feedback and his commitment of making students better writers.

Jennifer Seely

Jennifer Seely (MA in Learning and Technology, Western Governor’s University; BA in English Language and English Literature, Brigham Young University) is an instructor. Before Jennifer joined University College she worked she worked with assessment writers to create and revise existing assessments for undergraduate programs and served as a curriculum director for an online high school. Jennifer’s background in gives her a great breadth of experience in a variety of topics to the classroom. Students enjoy Jennifer’s encouragement and feedback on course assignments.

John Wilson

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.

Jason Wyrick

Jason Wyrick (PhD in Higher Education Administration, University of Denver; MA in Higher Education Administration, University of Denver) is a ten-year higher education professional currently employed at the University of Denver. Jason brings knowledge higher education administration, management and fundraising to the classroom. Student appreciate Jason’s knowledge, feedback and his engaging course discussions.

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