Committee Members 2019-20

In Alphabetical Order


Denise Apodaca (Music, Theater and Dance/CoNTTF Rep) received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities. 

She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Front Range Community College. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was director of Early Childhood Programs, director of Class Piano, chair of Group Instruction and chair of the Piano Dept. at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She served as district coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers' associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance, and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and was the Spanish community health educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County for over five years. 

Denise is a Senior Instructor, Piano Proficiency coordinator and Women's Studies affiliate faculty at Colorado State University where she also serves on several committees and has received several awards.

CONTTF Rep 2017-Present

Courtenay Biser-Suarez (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received her M.A.T. (Applied Linguistics and Spanish Literature) from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana in 1991. She is currently a Senior Instructor of Spanish at Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she has taught courses at many levels and most often teaches Spanish Composition and Grammar, Spanish Oral Communication, Intermediate Spanish and Issues in Hispanic Culture. In addition to teaching, she is Coordinator of the Spanish Graduate Teaching Assistants and enjoys mentoring them and supervising their classroom teaching. She authored the video script for "Cineastas en accion" for the latest edition (2014) of university-level Spanish textbook Mosaicosby Pearson. She has been at Colorado State University since 1998. Prior to teaching in Colorado, she lived in El Paso, Texas where she taught Spanish at two different High Schools with large populations of heritage speakers necessitating the creation of materials customized to the needs of Heritage Speakers of Spanish. She also taught Advanced Placement courses of Spanish Literature in El Paso.

Humanities Rep 2018-Present

Shawn Brady

Shawn Brady (Philosophy) is a Senior Instructor with concentrations in applied ethics, aesthetics and philosophical pedagogy.  Shawn earned his B.A in Philosophy from the University of North Florida and his M.A in Philosophy from Colorado State University.

Shawn is a student-oriented teacher who aims to provide students with an engaging educational experience that ultimately develops their appreciation of the value and relevance of philosophy and philosophical thinking. He aims to facilitate the development of students’ critical thinking skills by challenging and supporting students through the learning process, demonstrating the fun of philosophy through enthusiastic and interactive teaching, and being a fellow learner open to others’ ideas and questions.

Humanities Rep. 2019-Present


Jonathan Carlyon (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) is the Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and is an Associate Professor of Spanish with concentrations in eighteenth-century and Colonial Spanish Literature and history of the Book. His work focuses on transatlantic literary culture in the early-modern Hispanic world which he developed through research and teaching in the following areas: Chronicles of the Indies and the History of the Book in Spain. In the area of digital humanities, he explores the future of reading, computational approaches to literary criticism, and technologies for improving educational outcomes.

Department Chairs Rep. 2019-Present


Daniela Castillo (Journalism & Media Communication) is a Senior Instructor with concentrations in visual communication, new media, graphic design, data visualization, XR, UX Design, and non-linear storytelling. 

Her studies include a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Journalism from Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico City, an M.A. in Multimedia from California State University East Bay, and an M.A. in Interactive Design and Video Game Development from Savannah College of Art & Design.

She started teaching at CSU East Bay right after my grad school and then got a tenure-track position at Cañada College in Redwood City in the Multimedia Art department where she stayed for almost 10 years until moving to Colorado and to start teaching at CSU here in Fort Collins in 2010. 

Humanities Rep. 2019-Present


Ryan Claycomb, professor of English

Ryan Claycomb (Dean’s Office Rep) teaches courses in modern drama, critical theory, theatre history, dramaturgy and contemporary literature for both English and Theatre. His research responds to questions surrounding performances of the real--real people, real places, and real events--and the political, ethical, and formal issues that arise. He is at work on a manuscript on verbatim and documentary theatre.

Ryan arrived at CSU after 14 years at West Virginia University, where he served as acting dean of the Honors College and founding director of the Humanities Center.

Ryan is professor of English and currently serving as interim Assistant Dean for Student Success  in the College of Liberal Arts.

Dean's Rep 2020


Thomas Conway (English) is a Senior Instructor who earned both his Natural Resources, Recreation & Tourism, with a minor in English and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction from Colorado State University. 

Humanities Rep. 2019-Present


Pamela Duncan (Political Science) received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University in 2003 with subfields in American government comparative politics and environmental policy. She comes from inland Southern California having received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside. Beginning with the re-examination of nuclear energy after the accident at Three Mile Island Dr. Duncan has been involved with several civic and advocacy organizations addressing environmental and energy issues as well as senior citizens homelessness and poverty. She has several publications with Dr. Stephen Mumme. In addition to her work at Colorado State, she has taught at several colleges in southern California. Her dissertation was a comparative look at federalism in the three NAFTA party states with an emphasis on environmental authority and implications. 

Social Sciences Rep 2018-Present


Kristen Heineman (History) is an Instructor with a concentration in Classics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle NSW Australia. 

Kristin Heineman graduated from the University of New Mexico and received her PhD in Classics from the University of Newcastle in Australia. She has taught a variety of ancient Greek and Roman courses at CSU since 2013. Her research and teaching interests include women in the ancient world, magic, divination, the intersection between ancient Christianity and paganism as well as Greek and Roman military. Her most recent achievements are the publication of her monograph, Decadence of Delphi and the development of a free online course, the Fall of the Roman Republic, through the FutureLearn platform. She has two adorable sons and loves teaching. 

Social Sciences Rep 2019-Present


John Kitchens (Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts) is an Instructor. 

Humanities Rep. 2019-Present


Annie Krieg (Art and Art History) is an Instructor whose concentration is in Art History. Annie earned her BA in  Art History, German, Gender Studies from Lawrence University and her MA and PhD in Art History and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her publications include Restored, Repurposed, Reassessed:  St. Servatius across Five Germanys.” In an upcoming edited volume on the medieval convent of St. Servatius in Quedlinburg edited by Karen Blough, Brill Publishing, forthcoming. “ ‘Now I prophesize, Lehnin, your future destiny’:  Christoph Hehl and Romanesque Revival in the Rosary Church (1899-1900).” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 9, no. 1 (Spring 2010). “Restored, Reassessed, Redeemed: The SS Past at the Collegiate Church of St. Servatius in Quedlinburg.”  In Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past, edited by Paul B. Jaskot and Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, University of Michigan Press, 2008. “Striking Gold: The Lives of Byzantine Coins Along the Silk Roads.” Sino-Platonic Papers, no. 142 (July 2004):  38-48.

Arts Rep. 2019-Present


Kyla Masciarelli (INTO CSU) received her B.S in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and her M.A in English with a concentration in TESL/TEFL from Colorado State University.  She is an Instructor and Curriculum Supervisor in the Pathway program at INTO CSU.

INTO CSU Rep 2018-Present


Margaret Miller (Music) is a Special Assistant Professor of Viola and Coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, a position she has held since 2004.  She is also a founding faculty member of the LEAP Institute for the Arts, and has served on several committees in the School of Music.   She teaches applied viola, coaches undergraduate and graduate chamber ensembles, and has taught in the minor program for LEAP. Ms. Miller holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, she was violist of the Da Vinci Quartet, in residence at the University of Denver and Colorado College.

Committee Chair 2019-Present and ARTS Rep 2016-Present

Steven Shulman

Steven Shulman (Economics) is a professor of economics and research director for the Center for the Study of Academic Labor. His current research interest is the economics of higher education. His earlier publications are mostly about labor market outcomes for African Americans, the economic consequences of changes in family structure, the impact of immigration on American workers, and union membership. He spends his spare time skiing, biking, hiking & camping in the Rocky Mountains.



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