Education Department

Department Head: George Kamberelis, Ph.D.
Administrator: Barbara Woerner, B.Ed.

Department Mailing Address:

Western State Colorado University
Crawford Hall
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

Department Phone Numbers:

Phone: 970.943.2030


Alissa Axtell, J.D. headshot
Director of Licensure
MA in Educational Leadership, Columbia University, Teachers College, JD University of Denver Sturm College of Law, BA International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound
Phone: 970.943.3092
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122
Gillian Benedetti, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University
Office Location:
Brian Coppess, Ed.D headshot
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Education
Phone: 970-943-2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western State Colorado University; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Phone: (970) 943-2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
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
Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D. headshot
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
Office Location:
George Kamberelis, Ph.D. headshot
Education Dept. Chair
Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, M.S. in Psychology, University of Michigan, Interdisciplinary Program in Language and Cognition, Northwestern University, M.A. Religious Studies (Literature and Religion Focus), University of Chicago, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Bates College
Phone: 970.943.2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
Jackie Luft, Ed.D headshot
Phone: 970-943-7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
Jennifer McCammon, Ed.D. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D., University of Nothern Colorado
Office Location:
Chrissie Nehrenberg, Masters in Teaching, English headshot
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
Caroline Powders- Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
LLB, 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., B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: (970) 943-2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Kim Silbaugh, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Drake University, M.A., Lesley University, Ph.D., Breyer State University
Office Location:
Jennifer Whitacre, M.S. headshot
Clinical Coach & Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone: 970-943-2120
Office Location: Crawford Hall 104
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