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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. Jennifer Reich, PhD

Jennifer ReichDr. Reich is Director of the University Honors and Leadership Program, a Professor of Sociology, and currently has several lines of research. Over the last decade she has examined how parents come to reject vaccines for their children, in dialog with physicians, complementary healthcare providers, activists, and researchers. This work has been published newly published book, Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (NYU Press). She is Co-PI on a research study that explores how low income adults with Medicaid make decisions about their medical care and perceive the value of healthcare. This mixed methods study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will explicate why individuals seek primary care in the emergency department rather than in primary care settings and what personal and structural factors shape their strategies for their own care. Dr. Reich is also part of a multi-center research team conducting a mixed method study to understand the experiences and challenges facing heart transplant recipients. This study aims to understand how heart transplant recipients experience challenges with post-operative care, including medication adherence and treatment requirements, as well as larger challenges, including costs, limitations in employment, and caregiving relationships. The following are some of Dr. Reich's recent publications:

"Of natural bodies and antibodies: Parents' vaccine refusal and the dichotomies of natural and artificial"

"Neoliberal Parenting, Future Sexual Citizens, and Vaccines Against Sexual Risk"​​

"Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines" 

Selected Publications

In press Reich, Jennifer. Calling the Shots: Parents, Public Health, and the Politics of Vaccine Choice. New York University Press (May 2016)

2015 "Old methods and new technologies: Social media and shifts in power in qualitative research." Ethnography vol. 16, no 4: 394–415 (online October 2014)

2014. Joffe, Carole and Jennifer Reich (editors) Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings NY: Routledge

2014 "Neoliberal Mothering and Vaccine Refusal: Imagined Gated Communities and the Privilege of Choice" Gender & Society vol. 28 no. 5, October 679–704

2010 "Children’s Challenges to Efforts to Save Them: An Ethnographic Examination of Children’s Interactions with Child Protective Social Workers." Symbolic Interaction vol.33, no. 3:412-434.

2008 "Not Ready to Fill His Father’s Shoes: A Masculinist Discourse of Abortion" Men and Masculinities. vol.11, no 1: 3-21.

2005 Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System NY: Routledge.


 Dr. Larry Erbert, Ph.D.


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 Sustainability; Leadership, 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 others. 


 Dr. Kathleen Bollard, Ph.D.

123132.jpgKathleen 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, J.D.

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



 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. 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.​​9

 Dr. Georg Gadow, Ph.D.

GADOW.jpgDr. 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.



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