Mr David Kottenstette
CAMPUS BOX 034
MO 1 Rm. 123
Personal Biography Statement
Professor Kottenstette, M.A. teaches in the area of communication theory. You know, all those courses that have a foundation in interpersonal communication theory--- Conflict, Culture, Gender, Family, Elderly Nonverbal. He has also taught classes in Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Research Methods.
David enjoys teaching and has a passion for student centered learning, creative and innovative projects that integrate theory and application. He considers himself a mastery learning teacher, one who is willing to work with tenacious students to help them set learning goals. Being a mastery learning teacher also means that he is willing to review and guide a student through the on going process of an assignment so that the final project meets with success.
David’s research and professional development interests include, interpersonal conflict process, teaching practice, auto-ethnography, death and grief process, and performance studies. Those intellectual forays have lead to some fascinating professional conferences, as a panelist, workshop presenter and scholarly writer. While he is active in local, regional and national conferences, David will tell you that intellectual and frivolous fun can be had at international conferences in places like Denmark, Germany, Scotland and Russia.
Before teaching in the department of Communication, David taught for 10 years in theatre, while Theatre was still part of CAS. He was the scenic designer and technical director during that time. He has also directed numerous theatrical productions on the Auraria Campus, from “Hot L Baltimore” in 1985 to “A Man for All Seasons” in 2002. David received the Outstanding Higher Education Theatre Teacher of the Year in 1998 from the Alliance of Colorado Theatre.
David believes service to the university requires more than just residing inside the four walls of a classroom. Over the years he as served this institution as Faculty Trustee, Faculty Senator, (serving on numerous committees like, architectural design committees, First Year Success program, strategic planning, Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force, campus planning, and curriculum, to name a few), and David has worked in the local community as a conflict specialist and trainer, speech and presentation trainer and coach, and has also designed and created liturgical events and reader’s theatre productions for many of the area churches of all denominations.
Associate Professor Kottenstette has been with MSU Denver for twenty years. He sees some irony in that he started work here in 1992 as an affiliate member of a “college” and when his time comes to retire he will have left working as a tenured faculty from a “university”. He does take some credit for this irony having as the Faculty Trustee served on the Strategic Name Initiative Committee that worked toward the name change. He would like to think that the value of his teaching has also increased in stature and accomplishment as the new name suggests. Find out for yourself, take one of his classes, he still has at least three more years in the department before he considers retirement.