Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department

Western's Communication Arts, Language & Literature department encompasses studies in the disciplines that define what is to be human.

In this broad area of what some call “the humanities,” students focus on communication in all media – from public speaking to media production, language studies to philosophy. They examine and analyze the great works of great minds, while learning the crafts needed to create new classics.

Theatre & Performance students stage plays and other performances in Western's state-of-the-art facilities. Other students produce and edit video projects, broadcast on Western's own KWSB radio station, and publish a weekly newspaper. English majors come to understand the rich history and craft of America's common language, while Spanish majors immerse themselves in a language and culture increasingly integrated with our nation's future.

Programs of study include:

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Gary Dolezal Memorial Scholarship Available to:

Men and women from high school seniors to college seniors. Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout; must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference.

Provided by:

The family in memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Amount: 

Award depends upon funds available.

Application: 

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Selected by:

Gary Dolezal Scholarship Committee.

 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Directory

Faculty

Senior Lecturer in English
B.A., Western State Colorado University; M.A., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2099
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225B
Honors Program Director
B.A., Saint John's College, Santa Fe, Ph.D., University of Denver
Phone: (970) 943-7021
Office Location: Taylor Hall Honors Center 110A
Russell Davis
Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, National University
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location:
Stacia Deutsch
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Scripps College; MFA, Western State Colorado University; MA, Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion;
Phone:
Office Location:
Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., State University of New York-Albany; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-3042
Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
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Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts
B.A., University of San Diego;, M.A., Colorado State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2087
Office Location: Taylor 220A
Dr. Lorena Gomez, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., The University of Alabama, M.A., University of Mississippi, B.A., Universidad Nacional de Columbia Bogota Columbia
Phone: 970-943-2306
Office Location: 222A
Lecturer in Spanish
M.A., B.A., Complutense University, Madrid
Phone:
Office Location: 225A
Lecturer in Philosophy, English, & Communication Arts
Ph.D., University of California, M.A., University of Colorado, B.A., Western State Colorado University
Phone:
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212C
Dr. John C. Hausdoerffer
Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program; Professor of Env Sustainability & Philosophy; Director, Headwaters Project
B.A., Western State Colorado University; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
Ernest Hilbert
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Rutgers University; MSt, Oxford University; PhD, Oxford University
Phone:
Office Location:
Courtney P. Fullmer
Assistant Professor of English; Director of the Contemporary Writer Series
PhD, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MFA, Arizona State University, BA, California State University, Chico
Phone: 970.943.2178
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Christine Jespersen
Professor of English
B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Phone: (970) 943-2088
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220B
Douglas S. Jones
Lecturer in English
B.A., California State University, Chico, M.F.A., Arizona State University
Phone: 970.943.2171
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208C
Jack Lucido
Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., Humboldt State University; , M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Phone: (970) 943-3052
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Alina M. Luna
Professor of English
B.A., Russell Sage College; , Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany.
Phone: (970) 943-2456
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208F
JS Mayank
Director of Screenwriting Concentration
BA, University of Delhi; MA, Wake Forest University; MFA, Loyola Marymount University;
Phone:
Office Location:
Director of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy and Communication Arts
B.A., Pace University , Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Phone: (970) 943-3004
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Studio Arts, B.F.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Film Studies (cum laude), M.F.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Moving Image
Phone: (970) 943-2581
Office Location: Taylor 220B
Candace Nadon
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Fort Lewis College; MFA, University of Southern Maine; PhD, Georgia State University
Phone:
Office Location:
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., M.A., Chung-Ang University, Ph.D. in Mass Communication The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970-943-2265
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222C
Shelley Read
Senior Lecturer in English
B.A., University of Denver;, M.A., Temple University
Phone: (970) 943-2579
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225C
Michaela Roessner-Herman
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, California College of Arts and Crafts; MFA in Popular Fiction, University of Southern Maine; MFA in Painting, Lone Mountain College;
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208
Chair: Communication Arts, Languages and Literature Department; Professor of Communication Arts
Phone: (970)943-2036
Office Location: Taylor 222A
Bob Shayne
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
MFA, Spalding University;
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location:
Lecturer in Communication Arts
B.S. California State University Northridge, M.S. University of Denver, M.F.A. University of Alaska Anchorage
Phone: (970) 943-2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208B
Mark Todd
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G
Lecturer in English
B.A. English, WSCU; M.A. English, University of Denver
Phone: 970-943-2265
Office Location: Taylor 216A
Luis Zarrallo Lecturer in Spanish
Senior Lecturer in Spanish
B.S. Zoology, Cordoba University; M.A. Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Phone: 970-943-2262
Office Location: Taylor 225A