Picture of Michelle Medal
Program Assistant II
Department of Communication

Mailing Address:
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3014
Denver, CO 80204

Office Hours:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - working remotely in fall 2020

Available on Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm in her Zoom meeting room: 

2018 Denver Admin Awards Finalist
2016 Thomas Jefferson Award Receipient
2013 Staff Council Service Excellence Award
2013 CLAS Outstanding Staff Award
2013 Friend of the Department of Communication Award

MA, Education Foundations, Policy, and Practice, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
BA, English Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997

Michelle joined the communication department at UCD in August 2010. Previously, she worked at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in Boulder, Colorado for eight years. Before coming to UCD, she served as the associate project director for the State Scholars Initiative, a program funded by the US Department of Education, which encouraged students in the 7th grade and higher to pursue a rigorous education to best prepare them for college and careers. She served as a liaison between the directors of 22 state programs and the national program administration. In her earlier years at WICHE, she provided programmatic and budgetary support for several privately and government funded projects related to education, including the Student Exchange Program (SEP); the well-known tuition reciprocity program, online education for rural students, and advanced placement programs. In addition, she compiled research and provided editing services for several publications, including, "Knocking at the College Door;" a study of national high school graduation and college attendance trends. Michelle commutes from her home in Boulder each day, and enjoys splitting her time between the surreal beauty of the mountains and this exciting, urban campus.

Adam Iwaarden, Michelle Médal, & Meghan Callan, (2008). “Seeking a State of Balance in Teachers’ Freedom of Speech: Analyzing the Teacher Speech Tightrope and the Erratic Legal Winds.” In Kevin G. Welner & Wendy C. Chi, (Eds.). Current Issues in Educational Policy and the Law. New York: Teachers College Press.

Heather MacGillivary, Michelle Médal, & Carol Drake, (2008). "Zero Tolerance Policies: A Precarious Balance between School Safety and Educational Oppotunity for All." In Kevin G. Welner & Wendy C. Chi, (Eds.). Current Issues in Educational Policy and the Law. New York: Teachers College Press.


Expertise Areas: Education policy and administration, free speech in the classroom, and restorative justice