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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.

Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams (MA in Psychology and Counseling, Boulder Graduate School; BA in Journalism, Colorado State University) is the Director of the Center for Journal Therapy and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She was the 1998 recipient of the National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award and a finalist for the first Season for Nonviolence Peacemaker Award in Colorado for her work bringing journal therapy to populations such as people with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer survivors, recovering addicts and survivors of catastrophic trauma. Kathleen brings unique knowledge in writing, counseling and poetry and journal therapy to the classroom. Students appreciate Kathleen’s passion, engagement and her ability to challenge students’ critical thinking.

Antone Baltz

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.

Sarah Boyer

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Traci Cartwright

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Anne Dawid

Annie Dawid (PhD English in University of Denver; MA in Creative Writing, San Francisco State University; BA in Journalism, San Francisco State University) is a creative writing and literature instructor. The author of three volumes of fiction and a practicing manuscript editor, Annie brings practical knowledge of the publishing business to her creative writing students and a fierce love of the word, both written and spoken. She believes extensive and vigorous reading and writing will bring writers to fulfill their writing goals, from the humble to the ambitious. Her experience in teaching and writing includes fiction -- long and short, poetry, drama, essay, reviewing. She brings an editor's micro-attention to reading her students' work, and they have appreciated her energy, passion, and discipline during her long career in the classroom.

Joan Dickinson

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Patricia Dubrava Keuning

Patricia Dubrava Keuning (MA in English, University of Colorado at Denver; BA in English, University of Florida) is a writer and translator with extensive teaching experience, including being chair of the Creative Writing program at Denver School of the Arts. She has published two books of poems and one book of stories translated from Spanish. Patricia brings unique knowledge in creative writing, poetry and literary translations to the classroom.

Lance EagleMan

Lance EagleMan (MLS, Liberal Studies) is a full time instructor with over 17 years of experience. Lance has taught at several private and community colleges in the Denver area. Lance is an enrolled member of the Hunkpapa band of the Dakota Sioux Tribe. Students enjoyed Lance’s engagement, feedback, knowledge and effective communication in the online classroom setting.

Timothy Earley

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Jennifer Golightly

Jennifer Golightly (PhD in English, University of Denver) is instructor and an instructional technologist and trainer. Jennifer has presented papers on eighteenth-century literature at several academic conferences. Her doctoral dissertation examined issues of gender, family, and marriage in eighteenth-century radical British novels. Student’s enjoyed Jennifer’s ability to teach online courses, and found her to be informative and knowledgeable.

Michael Henry

Michael Henry (MFA in Creative Writing, Emerson College; BA in English, University of Rochester) is co-founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent creative writing program located in downtown Denver, Colorado. His work has appeared in places such as 5280 Magazine, Georgetown Review, Threepenny Review, Potato Eyes, Pleiades, and Rio Grande Review. A collection of poetry, No Stranger Than My Own, was published by Ghost Road Press in the fall of 2008. Michael brings knowledge in poetry, creative writing, and nonfiction to the classroom. Students appreciate Michael’s knowledge, engagement, encouragement, and passion for writing.

Elizabeth Henry

Elizabeth Henry (PhD, University of Iowa; MA, University of Minnesota) has taught film studies, film production, scriptwriting, creative non-fiction, media and literature classes for the department of Media Film and Journalism Studies, for The Women's College, for University College, and for the University Core Curriculum while housed in the Department of English. She has been teaching at The University of Denver since 1998. Students appreciate Elizabeth’s to offer intellectually stimulating and enjoyable courses, and her ability to craft a curriculum that flows and is intellectually stimulating.

Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison (MFA in Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, BA in English, University of Northern Colorado) is the author of 15 collections of poems, including Marked Men, Thread of the Real, The Rain At Midnight, Bed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award), House of Mirrors, and the Colorado Governor’s Award volume, Shadow-Light. As the Academic Director for both the Arts & Culture and Global Affairs programs at the University of Denver’s University College, as well as Colorado’s current Poet Laureate, Mr. Hutchison brings to his classroom both an acute understanding of the curricula and an award-winning talent with words. Students appreciate his thorough knowledge of the subject matter and facilitation of classroom conversations. His insightful feedback and obvious passion for poetry are what students like best about Mr. Hutchison.

Jennifer Itell

Jennifer Itell (MFA in Creative Writing, Emerson College; BA in English Literature, Grinnell College) is a writer and instructor. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals including The Normal School, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Literary Mama, 5280, Redbook Magazine, Story Quarterly and Cimarron Review. With her background and experience, Jennifer brings extensive knowledge in creative fiction and nonfiction to the classroom. Student appreciate Jennifer’s motivation, insights and feedback.

Charles Jensen

Charles Jensen (MFA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University) is a poet, editor, instructor and consultant. Charles has written First Risk, a poetry finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and four chapbooks of poems, including the forthcoming The Nanopedia Quick Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture. A recipient of a project grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Field, New England Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Charles brings knowledge in poetry, film studies and nonprofits to the classroom. Students appreciate Charles’ insights and knowledge about the field.

Page Lambert

Page Lambert’s writing is widely anthologized, appearing in dozens of collections. Her most recent essay, “Mother Tongue,” appears in Sojourns: Landscapes for the People (2016, 100-year National Park anniversary issue). “The Widow of Loreto,” a short story, was published in Huffington Post, and her most recent poetry appears in the 2016 Santa Fe Literary Review. In the fall of 2017, her chapter, “The Rural American West,” will be included in Fulcrum Book’s forthcoming book, The Light Shines from the West, covering 200 years of history about the American West.

Lambert is the author of the award-winning memoir In Search of Kinship (a Rocky Mountain best-seller), and the novel Shifting Stars (a Mountains and Plains Book Award finalist). An excerpt from her novel-in-progress All the Water Yet to Come received the 2015 Writers Studio Festival First Place Award for fiction, and she’s been featured in The Denver Post and on the cover of The Bloomsbury Review. Lambert received the “Wise Woman Fellowship Award” from A Room of Her Own Foundation the same year her popular blog, All Things Literary/All Things Natural, received the Colorado Authors’ League “Best Blog of the Year Award.”

Lambert has been a writing coach and leader of creative adventures for 20 years. Her “River Writing Journeys for Women” were hailed by Oprah's O magazine in 2006 as “One of six great all-girl getaways of the year.” She’ll be co-leading her 20th annual “River Writing Journey for Women” in 2017, her 11th annual “Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat” in 2018, and her 5th “Peru: Weaving Words & Women Retreat” in 2018. A founding member of Women Writing the West, Lambert serves as an adviser to the Rocky Mountain Land Library and is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers.

Reece Livingstone

Reece Livingstone (BA in Speech Communication and Theater Arts, Colorado State University and some graduate work at California State University, Dominguez Hills) is a screenwriter, director, acting coach, and actor/singer. As a screenwriter, he’s scripted commercials, teleplays and features, ghosting other features. Reece has directed two films and over 125 stage productions. His extensive on-camera and behind-the-camera experience in film and television provides valuable tools to students in his performance-based classroom. As a board member of the Colorado Theatre Guild and SAG/AFTRA member since 1988, Reece brings experience-based ideas and analysis to discussions. His passion for music and performance opens new doors for his students’ practical learning experiences. He enjoys creating the story world, using the characters’ point of view to craft a more watchable event that will engross audiences. Reece’s students appreciate his ability to listen, deconstruct and rebuild ideas coupled with their input and creativity.

Heather Martin

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Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller (MS in Science and Medical Journalism, Boston University; BA in English and EPO Biology) is a writer and instructor. Jeremy brings unique knowledge in journalism to the classroom, as he has written stories on education, politics, science and the environment. His stories have appeared in various publications including Harper's, Orion, Men's Journal, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, the New York Times' Green Inc. blog, The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, High Country News and 5280. In 2011, he received a media fellowship at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. For many years, he worked as a high school biology teacher and test prep tutor in New York City. Students appreciate Jeremy’s ability to relate his work in the field to the classroom, knowledge and compassion.

Carrie Printz

BA, Brown University
MA, Northwestern University

Carrie Printz is an award-winning playwright. Her plays have won both national and regional competitions and have been performed at a variety of theaters, including The Edge Theatre Company and And Toto too Theatre Company. Her full-length play, Gifted, was produced by The Edge in 2013 after winning its new play festival. Race Relations, another full-length play, won first place in the Writer's Digest 2009 Stage Play competition. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights’ Center.

Jessica Roeder

Jessica Roeder (MFA, University of Florida) is a writer and instructor. Jessica’s stories, poems, and essays have appeared in journals including The Threepenny Review, Third Coast, Narrative, American Poetry Review, and Alaska Quarterly. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship at Writers at Work, and a Loft-McKnight Award in Creative Prose. Jessica brings knowledge in crafting poems and essays to the classroom. Students enjoy Jessica’s involvement in student discussions, knowledge and effective feedback on class assignments.

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.

Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey D. Schwartz (MFA in Creative Writing, Emerson College; BA in English, Colorado State University) has six years of experience in the university classroom, teaching courses in college writing, research, Gothic literature and film, literary genres, and creative nonfiction. Jeff previously taught at several universities throughout Massachusetts, and was a co-panelist with historian Megan Marshall and historical novelist Matthew Pearl at AWP's 2013 conference in Boston. As an instructor in the Arts & Culture program, Jeff encourages students to hone their creative and critical thinking skills, while also pushing them to read, write, and think outside of their comfort zones. Students appreciate Jeff's constructive feedback on assignments and his ability to help them progress as writers.

Arthur Thomas

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.

Emily Vizzo

Emily Vizzo (MA in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts; BA, University of California, San Diego) is a writer, editor and educator whose work has appeared in FIELD, Blackbird, jubilat, North American Review, The Los Angeles Times, Next American City and other highly regarded publications. She previously covered Congress for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., and has written extensively on topics including the San Diego biotech industry, corporate social justice, surf, the arts, education, business, and health. Emily served as Assistant Managing Editor with Drunken Boat journal, and volunteered with VIDA, Poetry International, and Hunger Mountain. Her essay, "A Personal History of Dirt," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2013, and she was selected for inclusion within Best New Poets 2015.

Jennifer Zukowski

Jennifer Zukowski (MFA in Writing and Poetics, Naropa University; BFA in Acting, University of Colorado at Boulder; BA in English, University of Colorado at Boulder) is a poet, actor, and storyteller. Her work has been published in several magazines and she has appeared on stage in such groups as Actor’s Ensemble, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Frequent Flyers Dance Company, the Colorado Renaissance Festival, and her own troupe, Five Funny Faces. With her diverse background, Jennifer brings knowledge in writing, poetry, storytelling and acting to the classroom. Students appreciate Jennifer’s knowledge, engagement and her use of interactive tools in the classroom.

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