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Letters from the Deans

Message from Dean Daniel J. Howard and Associate Dean Jeff Franklin

Dean Daniel J. Howard

Jeff Franklin

Teaching Remains Central to the Mission of CLAS

There is no doubt that there is now more emphasis on the research mission of CLAS than there was a decade ago.   The university has built better research facilities, the college is offering more competitive start-up packages, and we continue to add and plan more Ph.D. programs.  Nevertheless, teaching remains a core mission of the college, so much so that it was the central focus of this year’s Department Chair Retreat. 

At the retreat, the Chairs discussed a recent book by Arum and Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, which provides a sobering assessment of the quality of undergraduate education in America. One goal of the retreat was to take stock of where the college is with regard to the quality and rigor of our undergraduate teaching.  Another goal was to begin a conversation that Arum and Roksa argue should be occurring on every college campus, namely: what actions should be taken within departments to move teaching from being a solitary act to being a shared and valued part of departmental/program culture?

Among the many suggestions that emanated from the department chairs were the following:

  • increase incentives for faculty members to attend teaching workshops sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development;
  • hold periodic informal teaching seminars within departments;
  • systematically review syllabi within departments to assure rigor of courses;
  • specify indicators of teaching excellence other than high FCQ scores;
  • initiate systematic classroom visitations;
  • ask faculty members to provide introspective teaching assessment statements as part of the annual merit review process;
  • undertake more mentoring of new faculty members with regard to effective teaching methods; and,
  • encourage risk-taking in teaching new materials and in trying new approaches to teaching. 

One of the goals that we have for the coming year is to keep this conversation alive and encourage all departments to participate.  CLAS is a college with a history of focusing on student learning and a proud tradition of teaching excellence.  However, it will take a concerted effort, led by the faculty, to ensure that this tradition continues and strengthens, even as student expectations change and as research and creative activities play an increasingly prominent role in the college. 

With all best wishes,

 

Dan and Jeff

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CLAS News

Save the Date: Fall Faculty and Staff Forum with Dean Howard

Friday, Sept. 16

Please save the date for the Fall Faculty and Staff Forum with Dean Howard.  He will give an update on the college and answer questions that faculty and staff may have.

9-11:00 am
North Classroom 1535

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Colleague in Need of Temporary Accommodations

Currently on academic leave in Berlin, Christoph Stefes, a professor at the Political Science Department, will return to Denver to teach during the spring semester. He is looking for a place (room, apt. or house) to stay from mid-January until mid-May (or, at least, February-March), ideally in the Denver-metro area. Please contact him at christoph.stefes@ucdenver.edu

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CLAS Spotlight

Bean: The Institutionalization of Open Source Intelligence
Bean: The Institutionalization of Open Source Intelligence

The Institutionalization of Open Source Intelligence
Secrecy News, Aug. 24


Assistant Professor of Communication Hamilton Bean’s new book “No More Secrets: Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence” is the focus of this secrecy news blog post.

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Emmett: Her life's true path leads to China
Emmett: Her life's true path leads to China

Her life’s true path leads to China
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 18

Arielle Emmett, a new Department of Communication instructor for the International College of Beijing program, had an editorial published in the Philadelphia Inquirer about leaving the United States for her new position in China.

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Keränen helps develop palliative care guideline project
Keränen helps develop palliative care guideline project

Lisa Keränen, associate professor and director of graduate studies of the Department of Communication, collaborated over the spring and summer on a palliative care guideline project with an interdisciplinary team from HealthTeamWorks. The guideline is intended to help healthcare practitioners provide and communicate about palliative care services and was mailed to thousands of providers across the state. The guideline and accompanying educational materials can be accessed online.

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Yeatman's research project in Malawi topic of  'This American Life'
Yeatman's research project in Malawi topic of 'This American Life'

A research project in Malawi run by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sara Yeatman and Jenny Trinitapoli at Penn State was discussed on NPR’s “This American Life” over the weekend. One of their Malawian supervisors, Hazel Namadingo, was interviewed about gossip and AIDS. Unfortunately, they don’t mention Yeatman’s name or the project by name but reasonable detail is shared about their aims and objectives.  

 

 

Listen on NPR's website >>

Project website >>

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Student Life Events

Sept. 15: CU Denver College Night at the Rockies

Rockies vs. Giants: Sept. 15 

For $5, CU Denver students can purchase a ticket on the mezzanine level at Coors Field, as well as get a CU Denver t-shirt and free pizza in the Tivoli before the game at 5 p.m.  The Office of Student Life also will be giving away a $25 Visa gift card to the student who displays the most school spirit at the game!

Tickets will sell quickly, so stop by the Office of Student Life in Tivoli 303 to get your ticket. For more information, call 303-556-3399 or e-mail joe.halter@ucdenver.edu

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CLAS Events

Fall 2011: Philosophy Department Lecture Series

All lectures are held in the Honi F. Haber Library, Plaza Building, M108A unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 3:30-5pm
Chad Kautzer

University of Colorado Denver, Department of Philosophy
Assistant Professor
"Hegel and Egypt: From Orientalism to Recognition"

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30-5pm
Mark Bauer

University of Colorado Denver, Department of Philosophy
Visiting Assistant Professor
Decoupling Teleosemantics and Selection”

Monday, Nov. 14, 2:00-4pm
Beth  Tropman

Colorado State University, Department of Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Moral Realism and the Epistemological Objection 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:30-5pm
Ivan Mayerhofer

Colorado College, Department of Philosophy
Visiting Lecturer
"Contradictions and Paradoxes in Knowledge and Wisdom Traditions"

For more information, contact the Philosophy Department: 303-556-4868.

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Sept. 6: Wirth Chair Sustainability Series: Sustainable Startups

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Wirth Chair Sustainability Series
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
6:00 PM

Sustainable Startups: The successful implementation of emerging clean technologies at speed and scale requires the continuous management of risk.  These risks include technological feasibility, market materialization risk, execution risk, scaling risk, and capital risk.  Rob Writz of NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will demonstrate the successful ingredients and steps necessary to commercialize high-risk clean energy, waste, and water technologies.

Rob's role at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is to assist emerging clean energy startups with access to technological resources, partnerships, and financial capital.  The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is part of the NREL Commercialization and Technology Transfer Office and is located in the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development in Golden, CO.

Join us at the Wynkoop Brewery on Tuesday, September 6, at 6 PM for the Wirth Chair Sustainability Series.

The Sustainability Series is a monthly networking forum for the public to learn and discuss how local Front Range universities, business, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies have incorporated and defined sustainability in innovative and progressive ways.

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Sept. 16: CLAS Masters Speaker Series

lemasurierWesley LeMasurier, Professor Emeritus of Geology

"Volcanoes in Antarctica: closing the gap in the Ring of Fire"

Friday, Sept. 16
1:00-2:30pm
Tamayo at 1400 Larimer

The CLAS Masters lecture series brings retired faculty back to CU Denver to share their research on topics of community interest.  Following the talks, a dessert reception is held to allow for discussion and networking. 

Questions and RSVPs: Katy Brown, 303-556-6663

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Sept. 16-17: Constitution Day

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Inter-institutional History Group, with membership from University of Colorado Denver, Metro State College of Denver, Community College of Denver and the Auraria Library, is planning their second Constitution Day event for the Auraria Campus. Please save the dates of Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 for a series of nationally-known speakers who will talk about the Constitution and the Civil War.  Highlights will include an event with Juanita Leisch Jensen and Les Jensen, two experts on clothing of the Civil War era and a Victorian ball on Saturday night.

For more information, contact Rebecca Hunt or call 303-556-3442.

Full Schedule

Friday, Sept. 16, 3pm–7pm, Tivoli Turnhalle

3:00 PM - Dr. Louis Fisher – “Lincoln's Decision to Save the Constitution” 
Dr. Fisher is Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project. He has published extensively on presidential powers, interbranch relations, and constitutional law. 

4:00 PM - Dr. Gary W. Gallagher – “Presidents and Generals: Command Relationships during the Civil War”  
Dr. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is one of the leading historians of the Civil War.

5:00 PM - Free reception open to the public featuring food and beverages

6:00 PM - Dr. Ronald White – “Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural” 
Dr. White is the bestselling author of A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009). He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library.

7:00 PM - Dr. Barbara J. Fields – “Civil Rights and Civil War” 
Dr. Fields is Professor of History at Columbia University. She specializes in southern and 19th-century social history.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9am – 3pm, Tivoli Room 320

9:00 AM – Free continental breakfast open to the public

9:30 AM – Dr. Patricia L. Richard – “Disruption, Dislocation and Death: Civilian Experiences North  and South” 
Dr. Richard is Associate Professor of History at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has published women, family, and social aspects of the Civil War.

10:30 AM - Juanita Leisch-Jensen – “Who Wore What: Women's Clothes, 1861-1865”             
Juanita Leisch Jensen is a nationally known researcher, writer and speaker on the subject of civilians and the Civil War.

1:00 PM - Dr. James Bush, MD, FACP – “Lost Opportunities: Civil War Medicine and Dr. Levi Russell.”
Dr. Bush is the Wyoming State Medicaid Medical Officer in the Office of Health Care Financing/EqualityCare.

2:00 PM - Les Jensen – “Lean and Hungry Band of Wolves: The Uniforms of Johnny Reb”
Les Jensen is a well respected military historian and museum curator specializing in soldier life, uniforms, and military material culture.

7:00 PM – Free Victorian Ball open to the public – St. Cajetan’s on the Auraria Campus

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Oct. 4: Wirth Chair Sustainability Series: AfricAid

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Wirth Chair Sustainability Series
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
6:00 PM

AfricAid (www.africaid.com) is a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. 

Elizabeth Abshire, Executive Director of AfricAid, will share about the nonprofit's approach is to reach, teach, and empower. AfricAid gives girls the basic opportunity to go to school, works to provide high-quality learning experiences and empowers these young girls to become leaders to reach the next generation of girls.

To learn more about AfricAid, attend the Wirth Chair Sustainability Series on Tuesday, October 4.

The Sustainability Series is a monthly networking forum for the public to learn and discuss how local Front Range universities, business, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies have incorporated and defined sustainability in innovative and progressive ways.

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Oct. 16-22: Homecoming Week

This fall, several events have been organized that we hope will encourage alumni to come “home,” and that current students, faculty and staff will find engaging. Our goal is to create stronger connections with you and become a more vital piece of your network.

The inaugural Homecoming for CU Denver will take place the week of Oct. 16-22, culminating in the keynote speaker, Maya Angelou at the Paramount Theatre, and a BBQ with a chance to cheer on the CU Buffalos with a home field advantage. More information on these exciting events will be available after Labor Day.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Events 

Pub Crawl
Wednesday, Oct. 19
5:30pm
CU Denver alumnus and professor, Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel, will conduct a pub crawl of Lower Downtown on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Don't miss this experiment in higher education! The tour will start on campus and include stops at the Cruise Room, the Wazee Lounge & Supper Club, Wynkoop Brewing Company and other watering holes. This walking tour will also give you a look inside Union Station, Hop Alley, Sakura Square, the red light district and other LoDo landmarks. Stay tuned for more details on how to sign up for this fun event: http://clas.ucdenver.edu.

Urban Agriculture: From Farm to Fork
Friday, Oct. 21
9am-11am
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a half day symposium on sustainable urban agriculture Friday morning, October 21st during Homecoming week. This event will feature a moderated panel discussion on the future of Urban Agriculture focused on the dynamic Denver scene followed by a cooking demonstration by two of Denver’s leading chef/farmers.  The Denver metro area is in the forefront nationally in work on urban farming issues with various production models, training, innovative zoning/planning efforts and collaborations.  Stay tuned for more details, which will be available here: http://clas.ucdenver.edu.

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