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Dr. Donna Sobel is an associate professor emerita in the School of Education and Human Development’s Special Education program at the University of Colorado Denver where she works with general and special education teacher candidates on how manage the realities of today's classrooms. Donna's concerns about the attitudes that teachers hold regarding issues of inclusive, culturally responsive teaching practices has led to a series of investigations examining the developing pedagogical understanding of teachers to meet the educational needs of learners from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs. Donna has secured federal, state, and university grants aimed at investigating and fostering inclusive teaching practices. She is co-author of the book, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teaching like our Students’ Lives Matter; has published her research in journals and books directed at classroom practitioners and teacher education researchers such as the Teaching Education, Action in Teacher Education, Teacher Development, Exceptional Children; and has presented extensively at national conferences.​​​
Joni Dunlap  

Joni Dunlap, Faculty Fellow

​Joanna C. Dunlap, MBA, PhD, is an associate professor of instructionaldesign and technology in the School of Education and Human Development, and past Assistant Director for Teaching Effectiveness in the CFD. An award-winning educator, Joni’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of sociocultural approaches to enhance adult learners’ development and experience in postsecondary settings. Recently, her work in this area has revolved around online teaching and learning in higher education, specifically looking at social presence, student engagement and retention, and the use of social media and networking tools and communities to support learning. Joni maintains a blog on postsecondary teaching and learning at ​​

Mary Connelly  

Mary Connelly, Faculty Fellow

Mary K. Connelly is an associate professor and area head of Painting, Drawing and Illustration in the College of Arts & Media. Mary has exhibited her work in fourteen solo exhibitions over the last sixteen years, and her work has won numerous awards. She was an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris for a two-month fellowship while on sabbatical in 2010. Her work is represented in New York by First Street Gallery. Mary’s interest in teaching and assessment began as an assistant professor with her collaborations with Dr. Kenneth Wolf, co-authoring and publishing two papers on rubrics. In 2008 she was selected by the Center for Faculty Development to be one of six featured CU Denver professors in the national online video teaching project, Elixr Merlot. Mary has presented papers on assessment at national conferences: the ISoTL conference in 2009 and the FATE (Foundations in Art, Theory and Education) conference in 2011. Mary's work can be viewed at​


Storm Gloor, Faculty Fellow

Storm Gloor is an associate professor in the College of Arts &Media (CAM) in the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies area. He teaches courses in music marketing, the future of the music business, and other topics while also overseeing the award-winning student-run record label, CAM Records. In 2010 he was the recipient of CAM’s Excellence in Teaching award. Professor Gloor has been at UCD since 2006. He holds an MBA degree with a concentration in marketing and is currently the vice president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).​

Kenneth Wolf  

Kenneth Wolf, Director, Outcomes Assessment

As the Director of Outcomes Assessment, Kenny is guiding academic programs in identifying student learning outcomes, creating effective assessments for measuring student learning, improving programs, and advancing student learning. Kenny received his doctorate at Stanford University in Curriculum and Teacher Education, with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture. His areas of scholarship are in educational assessment and literacy, and his publications have appeared in a variety of scholarly and practitioner journals.

Brenda Allen  

Brenda J. Allen, Master Mentor​

In 2008, communication professor Brenda J. Allen (now the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion) parterned with Ellen Stevens (the former director of the Center for Faculty Development) to create the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program on the CU Denver Campus. The program has matched senior scholars with new faculty to provide a holistic approach to professional development which includes offering information and guidance related to achieving tenure, fostering collegial relationships, and creating a scholarly community. As Master Mentor, Dr. Allen coordinates the program while also serving as a model for mentors and as a guide, resource, and source of inspiration for mentees. In 2011, she received the inaugural Annual Award for Excellence in Mentoring at CU Denver.

Jody Maestas  

Jody Maestas, Administrative Assistant



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