Acting Deanís Profile

Michelle Behr

Michelle BehrMichelle Behr, acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, joined the University of Northern Colorado in July, 2009 as associate dean. Dr. Behr earned her baccalaureate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University in anthropology and geography, respectively.

Prior to her arrival at UNC, Dr. Behr was assistant director at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and, for sixteen years before that served variously as a faculty member, department chair, university assessment coordinator, and associate provost at Western New Mexico University.   

A three time Fulbright grantee, her recent research interests have explored linkages between national identity and attitudes toward immigration in Central Europe, Northern Colorado’s refugee population and leadership in higher education.

In 2005-2006, Dr. Behr was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education, subsequently serving as co-chair of the Council of Fellows Professional Development Committee and on the Council’s executive board.  She currently serves as co-coordinator of the UNC self-study in advance of the university’s reaffirmation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in 2014-1015.

In addition to her duties in the HSS dean’s office, she is tenured as a professor of geography.

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