Research at Western

Research at Western

Western State College of Colorado fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The College provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual. Western’s distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship, and its unique environment in the mountains of western Colorado.

  • At Western we understand that active participation in original scholarship is essential for a high quality undergraduate education in the 21st century.  We excel at this with a dynamic faculty actively engaged in scholarly work. From the laboratory to the field, the concert hall to the studio, our professors pursue novel questions and explore creative expression.
  • Authentic scholarship provides many benefits to students, faculty, and the University. Ultimately, Western benefits through building a community of scholars, fostering innovation and cross talk, sharing a sense of purpose and achievement, enhancing the institution’s curriculum, and providing opportunities to engage with the local community.

Benefits for students:

  • Advancing cognitive and intellectual growth
  • Gains in knowledge and skills
  • Academic achievement and educational attainment
  • Fostering professional growth and advancement
  • Promoting personal growth 



Robin A. Bingham headshot
Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont, M.A., University of Colorado, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.3355
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Lance Dalleck headshot
Associate Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phone: 970.943.7132
Office Location: Wright Gym 227
Dr. Melanie Hulbert, M.A. headshot
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
B.A., Western Washington University, Sociology, M.A., State University of New York at Albany, Women’s Studies, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, Sociology
Phone: 970.943.2055
Office Location: Taylor Hall 322
Patrick Magee headshot
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Colorado State University, M.S., University of Missouri, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Phone: 970.943.7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
David W. Marchetti headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., State University of New York, College at Geneseo; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah.
Phone: (970) 943-2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
Dr. Michael Vieregge headshot
Professor of Business Administration
Undergraduate Degree, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, M.A., MPA University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Phone: (970) 943.2566
Office Location: Borick Business Building 241