Education Department

The Education Department has graduated outstanding educators for more than 100 years. Students blend theory and practice through research-based coursework, specific fields of concentration and a yearlong teaching residency.

Areas of Study Include: 

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EDUC, Education, Teach, Teacher Education, Certification, Become a teacher, BA with teacher licensure
A Western student completing his senior-year teacher residency works with an elementary school student.

Elementary Education

HWTR, Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts, Teaching, Gradeschool
Masters students work on a project together.

Master of Arts in Education

Masters Program
Online Teacher Licensure program in Colorado, Colorado teaching credential, Online MA in Education in CO, online alternative licensure programs in Colorado



Alissa Axtell, J.D. headshot
Director of Licensure
B.A., University of Puget Sound, International Political Economy, M.A., Columbia University, Teachers College, Educational Leadership, J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
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, Director of Principal Licensure
B.A., Simpson College, 1981, M.S., Iowa State University, 1992, Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa, 2010
Phone: 970.943.2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Caroline Powders Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer in Department of Education
LLB, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Law, 1988, M.Ed., University of Illinois, 1991
Phone: 970.943.7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Colorado University, Biology, 1994, M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Curriculum and Instruction, 1999
Phone: 970.943.2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
Faculty Lecturer in Education
B.S., Western Washington University, Business Marketing, 1993, B.A., Central Washington University, Business Education, 1996, M.S., State University of New York at Albany, Educational Design and Instructional Theory, 2001
Phone: 970.943.2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Education
B.Ed., University of Sussex, UK, Education, 1979, M.Ed., Lesley University, Technology in Education, 1998, Ed.D., California Coast University, Second Language Acquisition, 2007
Phone: 970.943.2030
Office Location: Remote (hours by appointment)
George Kamberelis, Ph.D. headshot
Education Dept. Chair
B.A., Bates College, Philosophy and Religion, Interdisciplinary Program in Language and Cognition, Northwestern University, M.A., University of Chicago, Religious Studies (Literature and Religion Focus), M.S., University of Michigan, Psychology, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Education and Psychology
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., University of Nothern Colorado, M.A., University of Nothern Colorado, Ed.D., University of Nothern Colorado
Office Location:
Chrissie Nehrenberg, M.A. headshot
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English/Language Arts Teaching Education
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
Ian  Parker Renga, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Indiana University, Fine Art, 2001, B.S., Indiana University, Biology, 2001, M.Ed., Harvard University, Learning & Teaching, 2005, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Curriculum & Instruction, 2015
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
Lecturer in Education, Director of Summer Teacher Institute
B.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 2004, M.S., Indiana University, Education, 2016
Phone: 970.943.2120
Office Location: Crawford Hall 104
Cori L. Woytek, M.S. headshot
Clinical Coach & Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A, Colorado Mesa University, Liberal Arts, Elementary Teaching, 2005, M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy University, Reading, 2010
Phone: 970.943.3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122