MSU Denver Faculty and Staff
We teach Colorado.
MSU Denver faculty and staff are some of the hardest working in the state. That’s because they see their role as shaping the futures of the people who will recharge our state.
That means you!
Teaching is numero uno!
MSU Denver is a “teaching” university. That means professors are evaluated based on how well they teach. It also means that you won’t be taking classes from graduate teaching assistants. You’ll be studying with professors—many who have professional experience in their fields—in classes small enough so you can get extra help and develop professional relationships with your teachers and other students.
Just because we’re a teaching university doesn’t mean we don’t have an active undergraduate research program. We do! If you’re hoping your education will include a research project you can sink your teeth into, you’ll find any number of opportunities, from forensic DNA recovery to inequality in Chinese society to the affect ski lifts have on the vegetation that moose eat. In other words, your professors will extend their classrooms into the city and throughout Colorado.
Here are some ways MSU Denver faculty go above and beyond their office hours:
- Shawn Worthy’s dedication to his students means he considers early mornings and late nights part of his office hours.
- Christy Carello brings students into the Colorado wilderness to study the effect of skiing on wildlife.
- Carmen Sanjurjo helps future urban teachers acquire the savvy and credentials necessary to teach urban youth.
- Jose Lopez teaches students about space by helping them launch high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere.
- Carlos Fresquez shows Latino and non-Latino students what it’s like to be a successful, working artist.
Did you know…
Average class size: 22
Student/faculty ratio: 21 to 1
540 full-time faculty
913 affiliate faculty
22 percent of full-time faculty are people of color
73 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorate or terminal degrees
Staff teach too!
At MSU Denver, you’ll discover that you’ll learn a lot from the more than 500 employees who support the University’s academic mission. Whether you have a job on campus or need help in the computer lab, you’ll find that MSU Denver staff members are as willing to help you succeed as your professors.
Good teaching matters
“[MSU Denver] is an institution where the faculty actually teach. This is our primary job. Many [MSU Denver] professors put in a lot of time outside of the classroom working with students. Most professors also have real-world experience that informs the lessons they are teaching. This is a big advantage for our students.”—Shawn Worthy, Ph.D., associate professor of human services