Colorado State University – Pueblo Welcomes new faculty, staff to Fall 2010 semester


Colorado State University – Pueblo Welcomes new faculty, staff to Fall 2010 semester

PUEBLO—Colorado State University-Pueblo welcomed 20 new faculty members to campus this fall. All new and returning faculty members began official duties at CSU-Pueblo on Aug 23, the first day of the fall 2010 semester.

College of Science and Mathematics
James Alsup, assistant professor of physics, earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Carolyn Luscombe, assistant professor in biology, has a B.S. in biochemistry and microbiology, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Melbourne.

Roger Miller, assistant professor in the biology and chemistry departments, has a B.S. in biology and chemistry with a mathematics minor from CSU-Pueblo, a B.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M at College Station, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from CSU-Fort Collins.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Iver Arnegard, professor of English, with a B.A. from the University of Montana, an M.F.A. from the University of Alaska, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.

Lauren Brengarth, assistant professor in integrated communications for the Department of Mass Communications and Center for New Media, has a B.A. in journalism, an M.A. in media management from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and will complete her Ph.D. in mass communication, new media, and public affairs from the University of Missouri in December.

Barbara Brett-Green, assistant professor, has a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Michael De Luca, artist-in-residence in the music department, has a B.A. in music education from CSU-Pueblo and an M.A. in educational curriculum, instruction, and leadership from the University of Colorado.

Kristen Epps, assistant professor in history, has a B.A. in honors history from William Jewell College, and M.A. in history from the college of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas

Joel Johnson, assistant professor in history, political science, philosophy, and geography, has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California-San Diego.

Zahari Metchkov, assistant professor in music, has a diploma in piano performance and pedagogy from the National School of Music, a B.A. in music in piano and organ performance, an M.A. in music in piano performance, and a Ph.D. of musical arts in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Susannah Mira, visiting artist in the art department, has a B.A. in German from Temple University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a M.A. in environmental art from the University of Art and Design (now Aalto University) in Helsinki, Finland.

Hasan School of Business
Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, assistant professor in computer information systems, holds a Ph.D.  in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University in California.

College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS)
 College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS)
            William Bencini, assistant professor in Automotive Industry Management, has an AAS in Automotive Technology, from John A Logan College, a BA in Physical Education from Monmouth College, and a MA Vocational Education from Northern Arizona University.

 Colleen Checho, assistant professor in Teacher Education, has a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Florida, an M.A in Technology from St. Mary’s College of California-Moraga, and a Ph.D. in Disability Services-Special Education from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Wen Liu, assistant professor in the Construction Management program, has a B.Eng. and a M. Eng. in Construction Project Management from Tianjin University, a M.S. in Decision and Information Sciences from University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Building Construction from the University of Florida.

Donna Wofford, associate dean of nursing, has a B.S. in nursing from Baylor University, an M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), and a Ph.D. from the Houston campus of Texas Woman’s University.


Nicole Chen, assistant professor of nursing, has completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at College of Staten Island, New York, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Stony Brook, State of New York University, and her Master of Science Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse specialist at Stony Brook, State of New York University.

University Library
Lyneen Doucet, lecturer of Library Services, has a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University, an M.S.W. from University of Denver, and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University.

Liam Harty, library technician II in Library Services, has a B.A. in music from Knox College.

Andrew Bregar, library instruction coordinator and instructor of library services, has a B.A. in history from Metro State and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.