Communication Arts, Languages & Literature 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.

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:



Michiko Jo Arai headshot
Senior Lecturer in English
B.A., Western Colorado University; M.A., University of Colorado.
Phone: 970.943.2099
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225B
Elisabeth C. Bell, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in English and Communication Arts
Ph.D., Duke University, Literature, B.A., University of Michigan, Comparative Literature
Phone: 970.943.2087
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208C
Kelsey L. Bennett headshot
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
Jody Coleman headshot
Lecturer in English
B.A. Idaho University, M.A. Western State College, Ph.D. University of Nebraska
Phone: 970.943.7013
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208B
Paul A. Edwards headshot
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
Rosalyn Garvey headshot
Lecturer in Communication Arts, English
M.F. A. Western Colorado University, B.A. Western State College of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.2041
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208B
Lorena Gomez, PhD headshot
Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota Colombia, M.A., University of Mississippi, Ph.D., The University of Alabama
Phone: 970-943-2306
Office Location: 222A
Dr. W. Tyson Hausdoerffer headshot
Lecturer in Philosophy, English, & Communication Arts
Ph.D., University of California, M.A., University of Colorado, B.A., Western State Colorado University
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212C
John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.  headshot
Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Western Colorado University; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: 970.943.3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 142
Dr. Elizabyth  Hiscox headshot
Assistant Professor of English; Director of the Contemporary Writer Series
B.A., California State University, Chico, M.F.A, Arizona State University, Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Phone: 970.943.2178
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Steven Cole Hughes headshot
Director of Theatre and Lecturer in Communicatin Arts
M.F.A., National Theatre Conservatory, B.A., Indiana University
Phone: 970.943.3029
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212D
Christine Jespersen headshot
Professor of English
B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, M.A., Rutgers University, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Phone: 970.943.2088
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220B
Douglas S. Jones headshot
Lecturer in English
B.A., California State University, Chico, M.F.A., Arizona State University
Phone: 970.943.2171
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220A
Jack Lucido headshot
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 headshot
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
Anthony Miccoli, Ph.D. headshot
Director of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Pace University , Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Phone: 970.943.3004
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Carmen Moreira headshot
Lecturer in Spanish
M.A. Colorado University - Denver
Phone: 970-943-2262
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225 A
Spencer Musser headshot
Technical Director of Theatre and Lecturer in Communication Arts
M.F.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City, B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City
Phone: 970.943.2191
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212 A
Melissa Myser, B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A. headshot
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 Hall 220B
Eun-A Park, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, M.A., The Michigan State University, M.A., Chung-Ang University, B.A., Chung-Ang University
Phone: 970.943.2265
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222C
Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
Department Chair of CALL
B.A., Central Washington University, M.A., Washington State University, Ph.D., Washington State University
Phone: 970.943.2036
Office Location: Taylor Hall 216A
Dr. Liz Smith headshot
Lecturer in English
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, M.A., B.A., University of North Carolina
Phone: 970.943.2124
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208A
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