The Office of Undergraduate Experiences is located in Suite 1400 on the 14th floor of the Lawrence Street Center (LSC).
University of Colorado Denver
P.O. Box 173364
Campus Box 140
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Office of Undergraduate Experiences
1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400
Denver, CO 80204
Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Undergraduate Experiences
Jeff Franklin is a Professor of English and former Associate Dean
for Undergraduate Curriculum and Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences. In his 14 years at CU Denver, he has taught 23 different courses,
ranging from first-year seminar to 6000-level graduate courses. He holds both
MS and MFA degrees, in addition to the PhD. He has published many scholarly
works and poems, including three books: Serious Play: The Cultural Form
of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel (U Penn), For the Lost Boys (Ghost Road), and The Lotus and the Lion:
Buddhism and the British Empire (Cornell).
As AVC for Undergraduate Experiences, Dr. Franklin supports
programs that enhance student learning, promote academic excellence, and link
student and academic affairs units. He is committed to the education of the
whole student through integration of general education, major, co-curriculum,
and community. He leads and develops programs that serve all undergraduates,
regardless of school or college. He is a champion of programs that support
undergraduate student success, with a focus on first-year and transfer
students. He believes that the quality of the educational
experience is the primary
determinant of student retention, completion, and success. His overall goal is
to make CU Denver the first choice institution for those seeking the highest
quality baccalaureate education.
In his spare time, Dr. Franklin reads, camps, hikes, skis, bikes,
motorcycles, sails, and travels with his wife Judy Lucas and their children.
Director of First Year Experiences
Ashby Butnor is the new Director of First Year Experiences in our office. She holds both MA and PhD degrees in comparative philosophy from the University of Hawaii and has been teaching courses in philosophy, religious studies, and feminist theory for the past ten years. Her co-edited volume, Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions, was recently published (Columbia).
For the past several years, Ashby has helped lead a large first-year learning community program, in addition to teaching first year students. Her areas of focus are learning community models, faculty outreach and development, faculty-staff collaboration, service learning, and common reading programs.
Ashby lives in Fort Collins with fellow philosopher and husband, Matt MacKenzie. They have two sons, Quinn (5) and Reid (1), and enjoy traveling, cooking, bicycling, and gardening.
Student Assistant for Undergraduate Experiences
Brianna Ricotta is the new
student office assistant in Undergraduate Experiences. She is a psychology
major with a minor in education. In the coming year, Brianna is going to apply
her passion for psychology to the development of her psychology- based program
for middle school girls. After graduation, Brianna plans to complete her Master
of Art in Education and work at an international school in Indonesia, where she
grew up. Brianna enjoys traveling, being adventurous, playing sports, reading,
spending time with friends, and always following her dreams.
Executive Assistant for Undergraduate Experiences
worked at the Colorado School of Public Health on the Anschutz Campus for 3 ½
years in the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy as a program
coordinator. She has over 20 years of experience in education and
administrative support and holds a MA in education and MPW in professional
writing. Mary lives in the East Colfax/Montclair Denver neighborhood,
does volunteer work at Denver Writes (Metro Denver Promotion of Letters), and
enjoys pursuing creative writing projects for middle grade readers.