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Center for Teaching & Learning

Life Sciences Building, Room 112
Call or Text: 719.428.1399
eMail: ctl@csupueblo.edu

Office Hours
Denise Henry
Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm

Chris Picicci
Tues. 9:00am - 11:00am
Thurs. & Fri. 9:00am - 12:00pm

CTL Faculty Fellows

Mission

Faculty Fellows are a resource for their colleagues at Colorado State University, Pueblo. They provide professional learning sessions to share equitable teaching and assessment strategies to enable success for all students. A new CTL Faculty Fellows cadre is selected each year late in the Spring term and begin serving in the following Fall term.

We encourage you to connect with the Fellows in formal and informal collaborations.

Meet the 2021-2022 CTL Faculty Fellows

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Chris Creighton, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Creighton is a Lecturer of Mathematics at Colorado State University Pueblo. Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Albion College, an M.A. in Mathematics from Wayne State University, and a PhD in Mathematics from Purdue University. After completing his PhD in the Summer of 2020, Chris joined the faculty at CSU Pueblo in Fall 2020. In addition to teaching introductory and general education mathematics courses, Chris has been working on developing innovative pedagogical practices such as Mastery/Competency Based Grading, and applying them to his classroom. He spearheaded the mathematics Back On Track program in Fall 2021 at CSU Pueblo which is aimed at giving students additional instruction to improve retention and graduation rates. In the Spring of 2022, he will serve as an advising instructor to the Chem 111 Back on Track course. His current research is focused on how mathematics graduate students develop their sense of being a mathematician, but also how they develop their teaching skills in conjunction with their career goals; an interest stemming from his involvement in professional organizations and workshops focused on preparing graduate students for life after graduate school.
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Rick Farrer, Ph.D.

Dr. Rick Farrer is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at CSU Pueblo. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and completed his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry at Boston College. The focus of his graduate work was the use of ultrafast lasers for higher order spectroscopy, multiphoton imaging, and two-photon fabrication of 3-D polymer structures.
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Amaya Garcia Costas, Ph.D.

Amaya Garcia Costas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. She teaches Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology labs and introductory Biology courses, and leads a research lab with Master and undergraduate students investigating various microbes and microbial communities including their natural predators, the bacteriophage. In addition, she collaborates in research and pedagogical projects with faculty from several other institutions, most notably two collaborations with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one involving undergraduate research and the other involving best practices in science teaching. Amaya holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. She spent two summers as a teaching assistant in the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and did a 5 year postdoc in Montana State University where she also taught in the Master’s program for the department of Land Management and Environmental Sciences.
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Karen Krepps, Ph.D.

Karen Krepps is an Assistant Professor of teacher education in early childhood education at Colorado State University in Pueblo. She completed dual majors in Elementary Education and Special Education and her Master’s in Reading at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Toledo. Dr. Krepps moved to Colorado to become lead faculty for the new Early Childhood Education program at CSU Pueblo after 20 years’ teaching experience in special and general education classrooms from preschool to high school.
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Jonathan Velasco, Ph.D.

Jonathan Velasco is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Chemistry Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2016, studying the instructional beliefs and practices of graduate students in chemistry. His group’s current research focuses on instructional practices in undergraduate STEM laboratories, particularly behaviors of instructors and students as well as task structures of laboratory manuals/documents. INHe serves as a College of STEM representative in CSU Pueblo’s Faculty Senate as well as a Program Director for the Industrial Hemp Education, Agriculture, and Research (InHEAR) program, a USDA-funded agriculture curriculum that is slated to be offered in the 2022-23 academic year.
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Karen Yescavage, Ph.D.

Karen Yescavage is a full professor in the psychology department. She graduated with her Ph.D. in experimental personality and social psychology from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in 1992. She has spent her entire career at CSU-Pueblo conducting research on LGBTQ issues primarily. In 2015 she was invited to the White House for a policy briefing regarding best practices in serving the LGBTQ+ community. She incorporates experiential (and especially) community service learning into courses like Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, teaching youth at the Boys and Girls club how to engage in compassionate communication with self and others. She has conducted research on the impact of cannabis use on mental health, serving as the coordinator for the interdisciplinary cannabis studies minor for the past 3 years. Currently, she is applying positive psychology concepts to the arts and humanities with a new Discovery Scholars research lab; further, she has just proposed an exciting new interdisciplinary minor in Creative Wellness.

Spring 2022 Registration is Open

To register for Spring 2022 courses, students will need to meet with their academic success coach or faculty mentor, submit proof of vaccination or exemption, and self-register through Banner.

Registration Requirements

Submit Proof of Vaccination or Exemption

CARES Funding

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CARES Funding is available for eligible students to help pay for cost of attendance needs such as food, housing, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition assistance, and other critical needs.

Center for Teaching & Learning

Life Sciences Building, Room 112
Call or Text: 719.428.1399
eMail: ctl@csupueblo.edu

Office Hours
Denise Henry
Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm

Chris Picicci
Tues. 9:00am - 11:00am
Thurs. & Fri. 9:00am - 12:00pm

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