Behavioral & Social Sciences Department


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

Eligibility: Men and women from high school seniors to university 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: Family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship, and scholarship.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application located here.

Studies in Behavioral & Social Sciences examine and quantify the essence of what it is to be human and how we organize our lives, alone, together and with our environments.

The various disciplines of Behavioral & Social Sciences look at human behavior and the contexts – environmental, social and historical – in which they occur.

At Western, many students pair majors in Behavioral & Social Sciences with minors in other disciplines, such as Education, Business, and Environment & Sustainability – or they pair majors in these programs with minors in the Behavioral & Social Sciences.

Programs in Behavioral & Social Sciences include:



Matt Aronson, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., University of Montana (Native American Studies and Sociology), M.A., Colorado State University (Sociology), Ph.D., Colorado State University (Sociology)
Phone: 970.943.7126
Office Location: Kelley Hall 220
Brian Bernhardt headshot
Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., James Madison University, M.A., University Colorado at Boulder , Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Phone: 970.943.3025
Office Location: Kelley 205
Kate Clark, Ph.D.  headshot
Director of Undergraduate Environment and Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment and Sustainability and Sociology programs
B.A., James Madison University, M.S. University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Environmental Studies University of Colorado Boulder
Office Location: Kelley Hall 146
Scott I. Cohn headshot
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., Lafayette College, M.A., American University, Ph.D., American University
Phone: 970.943.3022
Office Location: Kelley Hall 212
Kari   Commerford headshot
Lecturer in Psychology
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., Colorado School of Professional Psychology
Phone: 970.943.3018
Office Location: Kelley Hall 210
Susan Coykendall headshot
Professor of Psychology
B.A., Kalamazoo College, M.A., Ohio State University, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Phone: 970.943.2645
Office Location: Kelley Hall 209
Philip L. Crossley headshot
Professor of Geography
B.A., Trinity Western University, M.A., University of Texas-Austin, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Phone: 970.943.2800
Office Location: Kelley Hall 220
Lindsey C. Fast, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Texas State University, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Phone: 970.943.2317
Office Location: Kelley Hall 224
Dr. Jackie Gabriel headshot
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., University of Iowa, Sociolgy, M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sociolgy , Ph.D., Colorado State University, Sociology and International Political Economy
Phone: 970.943.2289
Office Location: Kelley Hall 221
Greg P. Haase headshot
Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology
B.A., Louisiana State University, M.A., Louisiana State University, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Phone: 970.943.2070
Office Location: Kelley Hall 218
Salif P. Mahamane headshot
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Graduate Faculty, MEM
B.A., Baylor University, M.S., New Mexico Highlands University, Doctoral Candidate, Utah State University
Phone: 970.943.7037
Office Location: Kelley Hall 240
Kyle Robinson headshot
Lecturer in History
B.A., Anderson University, M.A., Villanova University, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Phone: 970.943.2250
Office Location: Kelley Hall 223
Shannon Sprott headshot
Lecturer in Geography
Phone: 970.943.3021
Office Location: Kelley Hall 211
Maria Boikova Struble headshot
Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., Louisiana State University, M.A., Arizona State University, Ph.D., Lancaster University
Phone: 970.943.3024
Office Location: Kelley Hall 204
Heather Thiessen-Reily headshot
Professor of History; Director Masters in Gallery Management and Exhibit Specialization
B.A., University of Saskatchewan, M.A., Flinders University of South Australia, Ph.D., Tulane University
Phone: 970.943.7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
Duane L. Vandenbusche headshot
Professor of History, Council of State Historians History Colorado
B.S., Northern Michigan University, M.A., Oklahoma State University, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
Phone: 970.943.2068
Office Location: Kelley Hall 227
Cindy Whitney headshot
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., Adams State University, Sociology/Psychology with emphases in Criminology and Social Welfare, M.S., Mankato State University at Mankato, Sociology and Higher Education, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Criminology and Gender
Phone: 970.943.2059
Office Location: Kelley Hall 213