Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University

University Faculty

Meet the Faculty of CCU

A successful higher education institution maintains high standards when hiring faculty. The professors of Colorado Christian University demonstrate an uncompromising stance on the truth of Scripture, while remaining dedicated to keeping students challenged, supported, and engaged — both inside and outside the classroom. We believe that this uniquely prepares our graduates for a life of service and contribution that will impact our nation and our world.

Learn more about some of our full-time faculty members and their academic and professional accomplishments.

Dr. Matthew Aernie

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. John Aldridge

Director Organizational Management and Leadership Programs, Assistant Professor of Business and Technology

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. Isidro Aybar, Jr.

Affiliate Faculty - Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Diane Badzinski

Professor of Communication

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lynn Bamberry

Teacher Preparation Program Specialist

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

Kwami Barnett

Affiliate Professor of Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Janet Black

Professor of English

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ron Bland

Affiliate Faculty - Bass

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

John Borman

Associate Professor of Education

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

David Bosworth

Associate Professor of New Testament Studies and Mission

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Derek Branstrom

Director and Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Bob Brooks

Director, Public Administration, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Humanities

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. Travis Buchanan

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Tamara Bultje

Associate Professor of Education, Teacher Practicum Coordinator

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

Dr. Ryan Burkhart

Director of Master of Arts in Counseling Program, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Humanities

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Steve Cappa

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Pamela Cassellius

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Ian Clary

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Dr. Paul (Russ) Cole

Affiliate Faculty in Biblical Studies

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Tom Copeland

Professor of Politics

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Mellani Day

Dean, Business and Technology, Professor of Business and Technology

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Amber DeBoer

Affiliate Professor of Outdoor Leadership

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Daniel DeLau

Associate Professor of Accounting

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Charles Denler

Director of Worship Arts, Composition, and Music Production and Engineering. Assistant Professor of Music.

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Ashley Denton

Affiliate Professor of Outdoor Leadership

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Megan DeVore

Associate Professor of Church History and Early Christian Studies

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Dr. Jonathan Dimos

Assistant Professor of Psychology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mark Dorn

Professor of Music & Coordinator of Instrumental Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Delana Durough

Assistant Professor of Business & Economics

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Christopher Eagles

Affiliate Faculty - Percussion

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Trigg Even

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Gary W. Ewen

Dean and Professor of Management and Leadership Studies

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Deborah Fenton-Nichols

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Harold Fisher

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Nahanni Freeman

Associate Professor of Psychology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Diana Gaide

Affiliate Professor of Piano

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Leontine Galante

Assistant Professor of Biology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Richard Gallagher

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Pam Gallo

Affiliate Faculty - Piano

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Ylenia Garrison

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. Kristen Goree

Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Grania Gothard Holman

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Gayle Gunderson

Library Director

College of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Kristy Hardwick

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kristi Hargrave

Assistant Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Ryan T. Hartwig

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Communication

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Karen Hessler

Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Cory Hixson

Assistant Professor of Engineering

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Mary Hobus

Professor of Nursing, Assistant Director Western Colorado Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Colleen Hope

Adjunct Faculty - Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Tammie Huddle

Assistant Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Katherine Hyon

Assistant Professor of English

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Lene Jaqua

Associate Professor of Physical and General Sciences

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Sarah Jarvie

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Matt Jones

Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Cheryl King

Assistant Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Chuck King

Professor of Business, Law and Ethics; Dean Emeritus

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Mark Knox

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. David Kotter

Dean and Professor of New Testament Studies

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Dr. Christa Koval

Professor of Chemistry

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Steve Lavey

Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Barbara Lepke-Sims

Harp Instructor

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Renee Lizcano

Associate Professor of Education

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

Dr. Marla Lohmann

Assistant Professor of Special Education

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Courtney Long

Affiliate Faculty - Saxophone

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Cheryl Mark

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Briana Martin

Assistant Librarian, Research and Instruction

College of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Kristen Mauk

Director, Graduate Nursing Programs; Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Jill McElheny

Director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program; Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

David McNeil, Jr.

Director of Choral Studies

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Christelle Menth

Professor of Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. William Middlebrook

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Kevin Miller

Executive in Residence, Distinguished Professor of Business and Leadership

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Phil Mitchell

Professor of History

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Ray Mitsch

Associate Professor of Psychology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Michael Mlynarczyk

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. Irina Moreland

Affiliate Professor of Piano

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

David Mulkey

Director of Simulation, Assistant Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. John Murray

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Jason Ney

Director of the Writing Center, Assistant Professor of English

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Richard Niezen

Assistant Professor of Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Lance Oversole

Affiliate Professor of Business & Economics

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Donna Pabst

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Susan Pahlau

Assistant Professor of Communication

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Park

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Mark Parker

Dean and Associate Professor of Biology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Paul Penley

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Damon Perez

Associate Professor of Biology

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Rachel Perez

Affiliate Faculty - Flute

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Selin Philip

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Michael Plato

Assistant Professor of Intellectual History and Christian Thought

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Jeremy M. Porier

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Bernard Prokop

Associate Professor of English

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Shane Ratzell

Assistant Librarian, Information Systems

College of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Randy Raysbrook

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Jeffrey Renfrow

Director of Undergraduate Education Programs, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Ron Rex

Executive in Residence; Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Linda Rieg

Lead Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Seth Rodriquez

Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Dr. Colby Rogers

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. James Ruffin

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

John Russo

Assistant Professor of Accounting

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Laura Saunders

Voice Faculty

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Michael Saunders

Assistant Professor of Marketing

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. William Saxby

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Psychology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Debora Scheffel

Dean and Professor of Education

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

Thomas Scheffel

Affiliate Professor of Law

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Michael Schlabra

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

John Schreiber

Assistant Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Jill Schroeder-Dorn

Affiliate Faculty - Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Oliver Schulz

Associate Librarian, Technical Services Librarian

College of Undergraduate Studies

Sherry Schulz

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Catherine Sees

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Stephen Shumaker

Professor of Politics

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Brenda Slusser

Associate Professor of Business and Leadership

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Business and Leadership

Susan Spear

Assistant Professor of English

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Bill Spencer

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Mary Spencer

Director of Assessment and Assistant Professor of Education

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education

Jennifer Stafford

Director of Theatre Studies, Assistant Professor

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Dr. Gary Steward

Assistant Professor of History

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Rebecca Taylor

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Steven Taylor

Dean and Professor of Music

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Music

Emily Tetrault

Instructor of Biology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Bren Triplett

Director of Computer Information Technology Program

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. Kevin Turner

Professor of Youth Ministry and Theology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Jessica Vaeth

Clinical Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Earl Waggoner

Dean, School of Biblical and Theological Studies

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. William Watson

Professor of History

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Wendy Wendover

Dean, Curriculum and Instruction Education, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Barbara White

Dean, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Nursing

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Bush White

Director of Graduate Education Programs, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Education Professions

Dr. Jeff White

Associate Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Andrew Wichterman

Assistant Professor of Counseling

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Duane Wilson

Assistant Professor of Cyber Security

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Business and Technology

Dr. John Wind

Assistant Professor of Theology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Theology

Ronda Wood

Affiliate Faculty

College of Adult and Graduate Studies - School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Julie Woodman

Assistant Professor of Biology

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Science and Engineering

Dr. Priscilla Wright

Professor of Education

College of Undergraduate Studies - School of Education