School of Graduate Studies

Enrollment in Western's graduate degree programs has more than tripled since 2010, attracting more than 300 students from across the U.S. and the world in 2018-'19.

These growing Master’s programs serve our region, our nation and the world by educating advanced students to make substantial contributions to their professions.

Western's graduate programs make our campus a dynamic learning and research environment for all students. Residential, low-residency, and online programs bring together preeminent professors and practitioners in an academic environment dedicated to excellence.

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Western offers the following graduate degree programs:

Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES)

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Master of Science in High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) 

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Graduate Program in Creative Writing - (GPCW)

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Outdoor Industry MBA (OI-MBA)

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Directory

Faculty

Kevin J Anderson headshot
Director, Certificate in Publishing; Instructor in Genre Fiction
B.S., University of Wisconsin, M.F.A., Lindenwood University
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Gillian Benedetti, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Florida State University, M.S., Florida State University
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D. Scott Borden, Ph.D. headshot
Graduate Faculty for Master in Environmental Management (MEM), Adjunct Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA, Coordinator of the Sustainable and Resilient Communities MEM Track, Resilience Studies Consortium Coordinator
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., Prescott College, Ph.D., University of Exeter
Phone: 970.943.2294
Office Location: Kelley Hall 108
Christina Buchanan headshot
High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Phone: 970.943.2027
Office Location: Wright Gym 224
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
Russell Davis headshot
Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
B.A., University of Wisconsin, M.F.A., National University
Phone: 970.943.2025
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Stacia Deutsch headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Scripps College, M.F.A., Western Colorado University; , M.A., Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion
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Mary Beth Fielder headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.F.A., University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts
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Beth Gersh-Nešić headshot
MGES Instructor; SUNY Purchase College Instructor
B.A., SUNY Binghamton, M.A., SUNY Binghamton, Ph.D., City University of New York
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Ralph Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty in Outdoor Industry MBA
B.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970.943.3020
Office Location: Borick Business Building 242
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Phone: 970.943.2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jim Harriss, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Finance, Graduate Faculty in Outdoor Industry MBA
B.B.A., Sam Houston State University, MBA, Sam Houston State University, D.B.A., Mississippi State University
Phone: 970.943.3005
Office Location: Borick Business Building 215
Tyson Hausdoerffer headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Ernest Hilbert headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Rutgers University, M.St., Oxford University, Ph.D., Oxford University
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Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Washington University, B.S., Central Washington University, M.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
Phone: 970.943.2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
David M. Hyde headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, M.A., Washington State University, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 970.943.2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D. headshot
Lecturer
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
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Julie Kane headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Cornell University, M.A., Boston University, Creative Writing, Ph.D., Louisana State University, English
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Dr. Kathleen M. Kinkema headshot
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor, Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
B.A., Grand Valley State University, M.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Phone: 970.943.7133
Office Location: Wright Gym 229
Kerry Mason headshot
MGES Consultant and Internship Supervisor; Art Historian and Consultant; Instructor in Canadian and Northwest Coast Art, University of Victoria, Victoria College of Art
B.A., French Certificate, University of Victoria, M.A., University of Victoria
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JS Mayank headshot
Director of Screenwriting Concentration
B.A., University of Delhi , M.A., Wake Forest University, M.F.A., Loyola Marymount University
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Jarrett  Mellenbruch headshot
MGES Instructor
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Patricia Miranda headshot
MGES Instructor; New Hampshire Institute of Art, Instructor
B.F.A., SUNY Purchase College, M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Art
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Brooke Moran, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education for MEM Graduate Program, Adjunct Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
B.S., University of New Hampshire, M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Phone: 970.943.2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
Candace Nadon headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Fort Lewis College, M.F.A., University of Southern Maine, Ph.D., Georgia State University
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Kevin A. Nelson, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA, Associate Dean of Business School, Associate Director of Outdoor Industry MBA
B.A., Brigham Young University, M.A., Michigan State University, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Phone: 970.943.2610
Office Location: Borick Business Building 243
Heather Orr headshot
Professor of Art - Art History (www.western.edu/art) Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (www.western.edu/mges) Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (www.aamg-us.org)
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Caroline Powders-Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
LL.B., University of East Anglia, UK, M.Ed., University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: 970.943.7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Ian  Parker Renga, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., Indiana University, B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Michaela Roessner-Herman headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., California College of Arts and Crafts, M.F.A., University of Southern Maine, Popular Fiction, M.F.A., Lone Mountain College, Painting
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208
Dr. David J. Rothman headshot
Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration
A.B., Harvard University, M.A., University of Utah, Ph.D., New York University
Phone: 970.943.2058
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Caleb J Seeling headshot
Director, Certificate in Publishing
B.A., Calvin College, M.P.H., University of Michigan, M.S.W., University of Michigan
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Office Location: Off Campus
Andrew Sellon headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
B.A., Harvard College, English and American Literature, cum laude, M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Acting
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Bob Shayne headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
M.F.A., Spalding University
Phone: 970.943.2025
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Dr. Perry Solheim headshot
Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.A., Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Fort Lewis College, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.3026
Office Location: Borick Business Building 221
Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Grosland Associate Director, MGES Specialization; Art Department Gallery Director; MGES Instructor
B.A., Oberlin College, M.A., Central European University, Ph.D., Central European University
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Mark Todd headshot
Professor of English
B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, M.A., Eastern New Mexico University, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Phone: 970.943.2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G
Joel Watson, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Marketing, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
B.S., University of Virginia, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.3008
Office Location: Borick Business Building 246
Cori L. Woytek, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College, M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: 970.943.3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122