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University Honors and Leadership

University Honors and Leadership Program

The UHL Steering Committee

The University Honors and Leadership (UHL) Steering Committee is made up of outstanding teachers and scholars committed to furthering honors-level education at the University of Colorado Denver.

The UHL Steering Committee provides academic oversight for and supports the ongoing development of the University Honors and Leadership program. Steering Committee members establish and revise policies governing the UHL program; assess faculty proposals for new UHL courses; encourage faculty participation in the UHL program; provide support for the program both within their academic units and across the University; participate in the UHL admissions process, including conducting interviews of applicants to the UHL program; and share their expertise with UHL students in a variety of formal and informal settings.


 Steering Committee Members


 Dr. Kathleen Bollard, Ph.D.

123132.jpgKathleen Bollard has been a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages since 1995, although she took ten years out to serve in administrative positions, most recently as 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.



 Dr. Douglas Dyckes, Ph.D.

DYCKES.jpgDoug Dyckes is a professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received his BA degree in history from Yale University in 1963 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. In the interim he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria and taught high school for a year. He had two-year postdoctoral research appointments at Cornell University and at the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, in Cambridge England, before joining the faculty of the University of Houston in 1974. He spent a total of 16 years in Houston, teaching organic and biological chemistry and developing research programs in the synthesis of enzyme inhibitors and hormone analogues, and in the analysis of peptide and protein structure using mass spectrometry. In 1990 Professor Dyckes was appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry at University of Colorado Denver, a position he held for a total of 13 years. He has been a member of the UHL steering committee since 2006, and developed the Honors Organic Chemistry I in 2010.


 Dr. Larry Erbert, Ph.D.

ERBERT.jpgDr. Erbert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. He is a past member of the UTEP Department of Communication faculty and was a research fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. He was the founder/director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and a co-founder of the Center for Organizational Innovation and Human Development. Larry served as associate editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships from 2006-2011. He serves as an advisory board member for MSS/MHUM, the director of the mediation certification, and a member of the sustainability minor faculty. Scholarly interests: environmental communication, sustainability, organizational communication—leadership, team-building, and change, conflict, mediation, and negotiation. He is currently working on two book projects: Communication Theory in Everyday Life (with Floyd, Trethewey, and Schrodt) and Conflict Communication Basics (with Duck and Aleman).2

 Dr. Manuel Espinoza, Ph.D.

ESPINOZA.jpg​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.  He began teaching in the UNHL program in 2010 with the "Migration, Modernity, and Literacy" course offering and currently teaches "Creativity and Social Change.”​4

 Linda Fried, J.D.

Linda Fried is an instructor in the Department of Information Systems in the University of Colorado Denver School of Business.​


 Dr. Georg Gadow, Ph.D.

GADOW.jpgDr. Georg Gadow directs the Leadership Track of the University Honors and Leadership program of the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. 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.


 Dr. Ann Martin, Ph.D.

MARTIN.jpgDr. Ann Martin is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the University of Colorado Denver Business School; she joined the faculty in 1994. Previously, Dr Martin has taught at the University of Wyoming, the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Martin has a BA in History from the University of Arkansas, an MBA from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in Business from the University of Minnesota.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries.  She has published in The Economic Journal, the Financial Analysts’ Journal, and Issues in Accounting Education.  Dr. Martin has received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Business School and the Campus Outstanding Service Award for her work on campus committees, involvement in downtown business organizations and ten years of teaching survivors of domestic violence to start and run their own businesses through SafeHouse Denver.


 Dr. Sean McGowan, Ph.D.

MCGOWAN.jpgSean 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 Festival.


 Dr. Steve Medema, Ph.D.

MEDEMA.jpgDr. Medema is a Professor of Economics and the Director of University of Colorado Denver's University Honors and Leadership Program. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century economics, and he is the author of more than 100 books and articles dealing with various aspects of the history of economics, law and economics, and public economics. His latest book, The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (Princeton, 2009), was awarded the 2010 Book Prize by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. Dr. Medema teaches courses in microeconomics and the history of economic thought and in 2008 was designated a University of Colorado President's Teaching Scholar, the highest teaching honor conferred within the University of Colorado system. Dr. Medema served as Editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought from 1999-2008 and is a member of the editorial boards of several history of economics journals. He was elected President of the History of Economics Society for 2009-10.


 Dr. Robert Metcalf, Ph.D.

METCALF.jpgRobert 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. Carl Pletsch, Ph.D.

PLETSCH.jpgCarl Pletsch earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught intellectual history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Miami University & the United States Air Force Academy, as well as the University of Colorado Denver. He has always been involved in faculty development and currently serves as co-organizer of Boot Camp for Profs – a summer workshop on college teaching held in Leadville, CO each year. Pletsch is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Among his publications is the book Young Nietzsche, Becoming a Genius, a book that includes chapters on Nietzsche’s classical philology as well as the idea of genius. He is currently writing a book to explain why most of the theorists of the social contract tradition in the 17th and 18th centuries were not enthusiastic about democracy – Arminian Politics. Dr. Pletsch was Director of the $16,000,000 Information Technology Initiative that converted the classrooms of the Auraria Campus to “smart classrooms.” He also initiated plans for this Honors Program.


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