Faculty & Staff News

ASU’s Women’s Week concluded with a Kindred Spirits luncheon featuring a panel of women in traditionally male professions, which was attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members. Facilitated by Dr. Nancy Gonzalez, asst. professor of sociology, the panel included  Dr. Merideth Anderson, asst. professor of mathematics; Dr. Ashley Meek, visiting asst. professor of mathematics; Dr. Christy Miller, professor of chemistry; and Christine Streeter, Computing Services systems administrator.





Seventeen faculty and staff working on the Adams State Pathways Project to develop a new comprehensive curriculum for student success based on the Adams Outcomes (adopted by campus vote spring 2016), participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Assessment and General Education Annual Conference and Pre-conference workshops, February 22-27. The conference focused on examining “how faculty members and all campus educators are being supported and rewarded for innovative work and leadership in designing new approaches to teaching and learning that prepare today’s students to be active participants in our nation’s democracy and to succeed in an ever-changing global society.”

The group’s travel was supported by the Title V Conexiones grant, with supplementary support from the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Research. Most participants had applied almost two years ago to be part of the Essential Learning Task Force; expanded opportunity to travel was offered to individuals working on pre-baccaclaureate and graduate curriculum.

The days were packed from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with workshops focusing on Design Thinking, Equity and Inclusion, student engagement, a variety of assessment strategies, including e-portfolios, and implementation models for curriculum reforms. The ASU team received many shout outs and appreciations from AAC&U national leaders for its degree of involvement. Participants are responsible for sharing their new knowledge with Curriculum Innovation Teams and eventually with the entire university. Upcoming Professional Development workshops will relate to the Adams Pathways Project.

Dr. Kristy Duran, assoc. professor of biology, and four colleagues published a guest blog post on the Scientific American site titled “We are Never Just Scientists.” They make the point that gender and racial gaps in scientific professions illustrate the need for greater inclusion at all levels. Read more.

Mary Hoffman, executive director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, served as a mentor at The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, held in Denver, March 2-5. Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore conducted the training, which was attended by 975 participants from 30 countries. Read more.

Adam Kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology, co-authored a manuscript entitled “The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates,” which was published in the February 2017 issue of the journal Trends in Genetics. The article outlines efforts made by the Genomics Education Partnership Consortium toward integrating research into the undergraduate classroom experience. Read more.

Linda Relyea, assistant director of communications, and Julie Waechter, assistant to the president for communications, attended the day-long “Spokesperson and Media Training,” presented by the state of Colorado.

New Employees  
  • Christian Pacheco – custodian I
  • Scott White – IT support administrator
  • Brad Hicks – custodian I
  • Tamera Daniel – Adventure Sports Coordinator
  • Tanya Portillo – accounting tech III, Student Business Services
  • Daren Rodriguez – custodian I
  • Gary Foss – custodian I
  • Aaron Chavez – custodian I

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Assistant to the President for Communications Editor/Designer of alumni magazine - A-Stater