Academic Affairs

Department Head: William L. Niemi

Department Mailing Address:

Western State Colorado University
Taylor Hall 322
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

Department Phone Numbers:

Phone: 970.943.3045
Fax: 970.943.3046


Dr. Abel Chávez headshot
Dean of Graduate Studies Associate VP for Academic Affairs Assistant Professor | Environment and Sustainability
BS, University of Colorado Denver, MBA, University of Houston, PhD, University of Colorado Denver
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Dr. Melanie Hulbert, M.A., Ph.D headshot
Associate Vice President of 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
Kathleen M. Kinkema headshot
Associate VP Academic Affairs; Professor, Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Grand Valley State University; MS, PhD, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Phone: (970) 943-7133
Office Location: Wright Gym 229
William L. Niemi headshot
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., University of California-Santa Cruz; M.A., University of California-Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles.
Phone: (970) 943-3045
Office Location: Taylor Hall 322