Dr. Erbert is the Associate Director of the
University Honors and Leadership (UHL) program, where he has served as a
steering committee member and instructor since the program’s inception. Dr.
Erbert has designed and taught a number of innovative courses in the UHL
program including: Leadership and
Conflict; Leadership and
Negotiation, and Bargaining; Managing
Change and Complexity in a Postmodern World: Leadership, Organizational
Consulting, and Knowledge Management; and Mindfulness and the Evolution of Consciousness. He also teaches the
year-long Senior Research Seminar.
Dr. Erbert is a tenured Associate Professor in the
Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver (since August
2007). His academic background includes work in Organizational Communication (organizational
change, team-building, leadership, workplace conflict and negotiation),
Relational Communication (relational dialectics, relational development, intimate
and marital conflict), and Conflict, Negotiation, and Mediation. Dr. Erbert has
co-authored one book on Communication Theory, and authored and co-authored numerous
peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as: The
International Journal of Business Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Journal of Social Psychology, Communication
Studies, Journal of Social and
Personal Relationships, and Small
Group Research. He also served as an Associate Editor (full editorial
responsibilities) for the Journal of
Social and Personal Relationships for six years. Dr. Erbert also served as
the Director of the CLAS Sustainability Minor for three years. Since 2007, he
has taught 29 different courses at CU-Denver.
Prior to his employment at CU Denver, he was a tenured
faculty member at the University Texas at El Paso, where he founded and
directed the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. His work in the
institute included training and certifying mediators. Dr. Erbert was also a
Research Fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication.
Dr. Erbert also works as a consultant with numerous
organizations on a variety of topics. He has worked extensively with the U.S.
Military designing and conducting workshops and academic classes on Leadership
and Communication, and Leadership and Organizational Change. The purpose of
these workshops and courses is to train military leaders (captains and
lieutenants) for work in the private and public sectors. He has also conducted numerous seminars in
the areas of Leadership Skill Development, Communication Excellence, Public
Speaking and Presentation Effectiveness, Team-Building and Organizational
Development, Conflict Management (including leadership and conflict
management/negotiation), Mediation Training and Certification, Negotiation
Strategies for New Urbanism, Strategic Planning and Strategic Thinking, and
Kathleen Bollard is the Associate Dean of Faculty and Staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has been a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages since 1995. She has also served in administrative positions including Vice President for Academic Affairs for the CU system. She teaches language, literature, and culture courses, focusing on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish literature, and has published on topics ranging from humanist dialogue to the Moorish novel. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Santa Clara University, a master’s and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California-Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Linda Fried is an instructor in the Department of Information Systems in the University of Colorado Denver School of Business.
Sean McGowan is
a guitarist from Maine who combines many diverse influences with unconventional
techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and
arrangements for solo guitar. Sean graduated with a DMA in Guitar Performance
from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently serves
as an Assistant Professor of Music Performance at the University of
Colorado Denver. He has served as an artist/clinician for the Maine Arts
Commission since 2000 and also as guitar faculty for the University of Maine
and Bowdoin College. His first recording, River Coffee won the Best Independent
Release of the Year award (2002) from Acoustic Guitar magazine. Music from the
CD has been featured on BBC’s Great Guitars radio program, and has been
published in Japan’s Acoustic Guitar magazine and Mel Bay’s Master Anthology of
Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3. Sean has collaborated with several dance and
improvisation companies including the Portland Ballet, and has performed as an
accompanist for several dance festivals including the American College Dance
Robert Metcalf joined the faculty at University of Colorado Denver in 2000, after completing his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy and Literature, and team-teaches a UHL course titled, "Love and Death in the Greek Classics." He is translator (with Mark Tanzer) of Martin Heidegger's BASIC CONCEPTS OF ARISTOTELIAN PHILOSOPHY (Indiana University Press, 2009), and has published numerous articles on ancient philosophy and rhetoric, on the philosophy of religion, and on the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger.
Dr. Georg Gadow was born in Berlin, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, with a dissertation on aesthetics. Aside from teaching philosophy and health care ethics at various institutions, Dr. Gadow spent several years in private practice as a Philosophical Counselor. As the Director of the Chancellor’s Scholars and Leaders, Dr. Gadow worked with emerging leaders to develop innovative models of education that encourage problem-based, self-guided learning, in which students become change agents both within the University and in the surrounding community. His interest in ethics and leadership have led him to work with community organizations, businesses, governments and schools to strengthen ethics as a new way to safeguard our future and leadership as an anti-hierarchical path toward innovation and mutual respect.
Manuel Luis Espinoza is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development and Director of the Right to Learn Undergraduate Research Project. Born and raised in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, he was also a child of desegregation (Keyes v. Denver School District No. 1, 1973). His research interests are learning, dignity, and rights.