TILT Senior Fellows
TILT Senior Fellows are leaders on campus whose work on issues related to teaching and learning have made significant contributions to the University. Drawn from across the University, the TILT Senior Fellows have distinguished themselves by their commitment to enhancing learning and teaching, their service to the University, and their ability to offer insights into how the Institute can best pursue its mission. The director of the Institute regularly seeks input from the Senior Fellows, individually and as a group, on issues ranging from long-term directions to specific initiatives.
Position: Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts
Voice: (970) 491-0668
Email: Sue Doe
Web: Sue Doe
Dr. Sue Doe teaches courses in composition, autoethnographic theory and method, research methods, and graduate student preparation for writing in the disciplines. She does research in three distinct areas -- academic labor, writing across the curriculum, and student-veteran writing in the post-9/11 era. Co-author of the faculty development book Concepts and Choices: Meeting the Challenges in Higher Education, she has published articles in College English, College Composition and Communication, and Writing Program Administration as well as several book-length collections. Her forthcoming collection on student-veterans in the composition classroom, Generation Vet: Composition, Veterans, and the Post-911 University, co-authored with Lisa Langstraat, is under contract with Utah State University Press.
James E. Folkestad
Position: Associate Professor of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences
Voice: (970) 491-7823
Email: James Folkestad
Dr. James E. Folkestad is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. His scholarly work focuses on understanding and contributing to the knowledge of system-centered learning, specifically activity systems theory. Entering academia with industry experience, he understands that learning, reasoning, and innovative inference often originated outside of the individual, happening between individuals. Following the rich tradition of activity systems researchers, his research and teaching has expanded the unit of analysis beyond the individual to a system of rules, tools, labor, subject, community, and outcomes. He notes that third generation activity systems theory suggests that innovations or expansive learning often originates between several systems where contradictions are exposed and dealt with in context." Throughout my academic career my teaching and research has focused on learning in these systems," he says. "My focus has been on expansive learning (or innovation), often facilitated by technology, which contributes to understanding, learning, and innovation."
Position: Professor of Animal Sciences and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture
Voice: (970) 491-0668
Email: Nancy Irlbeck
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck joined the faculty in Animal Sciences in 1990, and has been recognized at the College, University and national levels for her excellence as a teacher and advisor. Her research interests include captive wild animal nutrition. She has served as the consulting nutritionist at the Denver Zoo since January 1992. She and her graduate students are developing a zoological browse database that has received national and international attention. Dr. Irlbeck has also written a textbook, Nutrition and Care of Companion Animals, and is in the process of writing texts for captive wild animal and alternative animal nutrition.
Position: Director, Little Shop of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
Voice: (970) 491-5131
Email: Brian Jones
Web: Little Shop of Physics
Brian Jones is the Director of the Little Shop of Physics program and a popular instructor at Colorado State University. Brian was recently awarded the Excellence in Science Instruction Award by the Colorado Association of Science Teachers for his work with schools, teachers and students around the state. In 2011, he was awarded the Millikan Medal by the American Association of Physics Teachers for creativity and excellence in physics education. He was recognized in 2000 by students at Colorado State with a "Best Teacher" award, and has also won awards from the College of Natural Sciences, Golden Key Honor Society, the Students as Leaders in Science, and other groups at Colorado State.
Position: Director, Academic Advancement Center and Student Support Services
Voice: (970) 491-7875
Email: Andrea Reeve
Andrea Reeve, for seven years prior to beginning her service at the University in 2005, directed two national clearinghouses on educational opportunity at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, DC, and served as a faculty member for the Council for Opportunity in Education´s National Professional Development Seminars on Retention. She has expertise with TRIO programs, retention in higher education, pre-college access, diversity and freshman seminars. Prior to her work at the Pell Institute, she directed the University Studies First-Year Program at the University of Wyoming, coordinating 80 sections of the first-year seminar and retention initiatives for Academic Affairs. She serves on national committees related to TRIO, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and has numerous publications.
Position: Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Engineering
Voice: (970) 491-6220
Email: Thomas Siller
Web: Thomas Siller
Dr. Thomas J. Siller is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Siller obtained his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a bachelor's in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his master's degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Since joining the faculty at Colorado State in 1988, he has won several teaching and advising awards, including the Jack Cermak Award and the Chi Epsilon Gold Key Award.
Siller has been actively involved with curricular reform issues in the college and the university as well as the design of the engineering residence hall in the new Academic Village that opened in 2007. He collaborated with the School of Education to create the Engineering Education degree, which trains engineers to be junior high and high school engineering and technology teachers in an effort to improve the nation's technological literacy and its global competitiveness.
His research interests as a faculty member included the seismic design of earth structures and understanding the role of technology in engineering education. He served as a visiting professor at the National Technological University where he coordinated the First Electronic International Conference on Engineering Education.
Past Senior Fellows
Position: Associate Professor of Protected Areas Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Warner College of Natural Resources
Voice: (970) 491-2839
Dr. Peter Newman served until summer 2013 as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Warner College of Natural Resources and Associate Professor of Protected Areas Management in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. His research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management and social carrying capacity decision-making in the context of protected areas management. Dr. Newman also conducts a program of research focused on student engagement, retention, sense of community and student success in order to make informed decisions related to improving student culture in the Warner College of Natural Resources.
Dr. Newman served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research in Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, Denali National Park and has created a research partnership with the Natural Sounds Program of the National Park Service (NPS). He also worked as an NPS ranger in the Division of Resources Management in Yosemite and as a naturalist/instructor for the Yosemite Institute. He is author on more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and has presented more than 40 papers at national and international professional meetings. Dr. Newman received his PhD in natural resources from the University of Vermont, an MS in forest resource management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a BA in political science from the University of Rochester.