Faculty Fellows 2014-2015


Nancy MatchettNancy J. Matchett, Ph.D. College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lead Faculty Fellow Fall 2014
(970) 351-1567
Office Hours, Michener L37, 11-1pm
Fall 2014 Faculty Fellow

Nanncy Matchett is Associate Professor of Philosophy and is serving as the Lead Fellow during 2014. In addition to coordinating the activities of the teaching and learning fellowship team, her main project is a series of focus groups designed to help the campus understand the experience of adjunct faculty teaching courses in the Liberal Arts Core. Results of the study will contribute to campus decision-making about how best to structure and assess the LAC curriculum. More information about Matchett’s research and teaching can be found on her department web page (www.unco.edu/philosophy/matchett.html).


Gillian McNallyDr. Gillian McNally, Associate Professor School of Theatre and Dance
(970) 351-2579
Fall 2014 Faculty Fellow

Gillian McNally is Associate Professor of Theatre Education and head of Community Engagement and Programs for Youth at UNC. As a teaching fellow, Gillian is interested in the connection between quality pedagogy, recruitment and retention efforts for our students at UNC. She is also interested in creating more opportunities for experiential and community-based learning experiences through courses. 



Karen HesslerDr.Karen Hessler, Associate Professor School of Nursing
(970) 351-2137
Office Hours, Gunter 3260, Thursday 10:00 - 12:00pm
Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow

Karen is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing within the College of Natural and Health Sciences. She is interested in implementing innovative teaching strategies that align with the digital native learner such as the flipped classroom. Karen has a passion for enhancing teaching and learning within the classroom and clinical settings, and is interested in helping faculty reach their individual goals to bring their classrooms alive for students. She has been teaching for 18 years in both classroom and clinical settings. To learn more about Karen, please visit her faculty webpage at: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/nursing/faculty/hessler.htm

William CuthbertsonWilliam Cuthbertson, Assistant Professor, Instructional Services, Michener Library
(970) 351-3577
Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow

William Cuthbertson is an Assistant Professor for Instructional Services at the University Libraries, teaching courses in undergraduate research skills to students within the Center for Human Enrichment and the Honors, Scholars & Leadership program.  He is the Libraries’ liaison to the Center for International Education.  William’s work focuses on increasing students’ investment in their academic success and he has recently presented nationally on elevating engagement in online courses and engaging students in citing courses.  William earned his M.L.S. from Indiana University, and B.A. from Westminster College.  Before joining the University of Northern Colorado, William was academic librarian for Government Documents and Political Science for the University of Colorado Boulder, Miami University of Ohio, and for Loyola University Chicago. 


Keiko KrahnkeKeiko Krahnke, Associate Professor, Monfort College of Business
(970) 351- 2349
Office Hours, Kepner 1090C, Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30pm
Fall 2014 Faculty Fellow

Keiko Krahnke is an Associate Professor of Management in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches Management of Organizations and Business Ethics.  She brings diverse knowledge to the classroom and research. As a long-time teacher, she believes that her purpose is to help her students to recognize their inner strength, develop a sense of purpose in their lives, open themselves to new knowledge and understanding, and live with compassion towards others.  Her current research interests include empathy and compassion, ethics, wisdom, and systems thinking.  Her recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.  Organizing through Empathy, a book she has co-edited, was published by Routledge in 2013.  She has also served as the chair of Management Spirituality and Religion in the Academy of Management. 


Michael Oravitz Dr. Michael Oravitz, School of Music
(970) 351-1941
Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow

Michael Oravitz earned his Bachelor of Science in Music at Eastern Michigan University, where he studied composition with Dr. Anthony Iannaccone and Schenkerian theory with Dr. Sylvan Kalib. He completed his M.M. and Ph. D. in Music Theory at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include the music of Claude Debussy, musical form, music theory pedagogy and aural skills strategies.

Michael has published on Debussy in Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique(2013) and has presented on Debussy at The Seventh International Conference on Music Theory (Tallinn, 2014); the 2013 CMS Great Lakes Conference; the 2012 International Multidisciplinary Colloquium on Music at the University of Quebec, Montreal; the 2012 College Music Society’s South Central Conference; the 2008 American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory Joint Conference; the 2007 European Music Analysis Conference in Freiburg; and the 2010 and 2006 Music Theory Midwest Conferences. He has published and presented on aural skills strategies in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2012) and at the 2008 Music Theory Midwest Conference respectively.

He is a member of The Society for Music Theory and its Rocky Mountain SMT Chapter, and is also a member of the College Music Society. He was Program Committee Chair for the College Music Society’s Great Lakes Regional Conference (CMSGL) in 2012 and Program Committee member for both the CMSGL and Music Theory Midwest conferences in 2011.


Heng-Yu KuHeng-Yu Ku, Ph.D., College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
(970) 351-2935
Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow

Heng-Yu Ku, is a Professor in the School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He received his M.T. degree in Industrial Management and Supervision and his Ph.D. degree in Learning and Instructional Technology at the Arizona State University (ASU). He was involved with the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Grant at both ASU and UNC. He taught courses in Instructional Design, Computers in Education, and Introduction to Graduate Research courses. His research interests include technology integration, computer-based instruction, and distance education.


Dr. John ClinebellJohn Clinebell, DBA, Monfort CollegeLead Faculty Fellow Spring 2015
(970) 351-1237
Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow

John Clinebell is a Professor of Finance at the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado where he has been for 25 years, serving as department chair for nine years.  He received his doctorate in business administration in 1988.  Professor Clinebell has received many awards for his teaching, scholarship, and service.   He was the recipient of the first University Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award given by the University of Northern Colorado and the first “Friend of CHE” as an outstanding faculty member by the University’s Center for Human Enrichment.   Dr. Clinebell founded a student managed investment fund that is valued over one million dollars and is one of the longest running and largest funds in the country.  This innovative program was featured in the New York Times and has been a model for other Universities. He has been an invited speaker on investment education at leading international investment education forums.  In addition to teaching expertise, Professor Clinebell is an accomplished scholar who has published numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of Financial Research, Global Finance Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economic and Finance, Advances in Financial Education, Journal of Financial Education, Financial Services Review, and Financial Practice and Education, and has presented over fifty research papers at professional conferences.  Professor Clinebell is also very active in service both to the University and Community.