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).
At CU Denver, Ashby directs academic programs for first-year students, including First-Year Seminar, Learning Communities, and the new College Success course. In addition to helping students adjust to the challenges and opportunities of university life, she especially enjoys collaborating with faculty and staff across campus to develop, implement, and improve upon programs that enhance the student experience. After everything first-year, Ashby's projects include High Impact Practices, Academic Integrity, Inclusive Campus Action Network, and Early Alert.
Ashby lives in Fort Collins with fellow philosopher and husband, Matt MacKenzie. They have two sons, Quinn (6) and Reid (2), and enjoy traveling, cooking, bicycling, and gardening.
Executive Assistant for Undergraduate Experiences
Mary Baitinger has worked for the University of Colorado for four years as a program coordinator for the Colorado School of Public Health and now Executive Assisant in UE. 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.