Provost’s Council for Engagement
Faculty (by college)
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
College of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Jennifer Martin was born and raised in a small agricultural community in Central Texas. Despite early aspirations to be the first female President, it wasn’t until a chance experience with a problematic Hampshire barrow that Jennifer chose to pursue a degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University.
Jennifer’s graduate experience at Texas Tech allowed her to pursue a variety of research interests in the areas of meat safety, shelf-life, nutrition, and quality. These research experiences have led to numerous publications, industry partnerships, academic collaborations, and a uniquely diverse skill set. Furthermore, as a graduate student, Jennifer helped instruct her department’s Anatomy course and had the unique opportunity to serve as the laboratory instructor/coordinator for the same undergraduate meat science course which elicited her own passion for the field. This experience fueled Jennifer’s passion for teaching and engaging other students.
As a faculty member at CSU, Dr. Martin’s research interests lie in a systems-based approach to meat safety and quality. She intends to explore the complex, interwoven, and ever-evolving pathways that influence the production of safe, sustainable, and high quality meat. Additionally, as a passionate educator, Jennifer plans to serve the department and its students by leading and teaching with not only a purpose, but also a passion.
Professor, Department of Management
College of Business
Bill Shuster is a Clinical Professor in the Management Department at Colorado State. His primary role is teaching Business Capstone, Supply Chain Practicum and International Business courses, while providing support for students in their career development. Bill piloted a student-driven opportunity assessment program on economic development for counties in rural Colorado that was adopted by the Governor of Colorado. He also works with many corporations to build bridges between the college and business world. This is where he developed his research interest of investigating the correlation of employee engagement and corporate strategy.
Bill still maintains his control of a small management consulting firm that specializes in organizational integration and knowledge management system structures. He has worked with employees from Hewlett Packard, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase and Google to name a few. Bill has two masters’ degrees—a MBA degree and a degree in Affective Communication and sits on the Board of Directors for multiple firms.
Neil S. Grigg
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering
Neil Grigg is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, where he has also been department head and director of the state water institute. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy, Auburn University, and Colorado State University. At Colorado State he focuses on water resources, infrastructure and utilities with emphasis on systems management methods to improve governance and performance.
Recent books he has authored include Integrated Water Resources Management (Macmillan, October 2016 release); Infrastructure Finance: The Business of Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future; and the Water Business: From the Global Environment to Your Tap (Wiley). Prior to joining Colorado State, he was Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and Director of the Division of Environmental Management for North Carolina, as well as director of the state water institute.
Wade O. Troxell
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering
Mayor, City of Fort Collins
Wade O. Troxell received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from CSU and has been on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1985.
Dr. Troxell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of intelligent robotics and intelligent control of distributed infrastructure systems. His smart grid research has focused on intelligent systems and the integration of the distributed energy resources (DER), including renewable energy and storage, into the electric power grid. He has conducted educational, research and outreach activities with more than $12 million from industrial and federal funding sources.
Dr. Troxell co-founded Sixth Dimension, Inc., a provider of a communications and control network for the electric power industry integrating in distributed energy resources into the distribution grid.
Dr. Troxell established NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in Colorado. Troxell advocates for "triple helix" partnerships bringing public sector, private sector and research universities into strategic alignment.
Dr. Troxell is also the Mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado, elected to his first term in April 2015. Previous to serving as mayor, he was twice elected to the Fort Collins City Council representing District 4, serving a total of eight years.
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies
College of Health & Human Sciences
My program of research is broadly defined by the examination of dynamics related to aging families and I utilize community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods to aid in my discovery.
For example, I am interested in (1) self-care practices of grandparents raising grandchildren and how interventions can assist grandfamilies (i.e., grandparents, kin and the (grand)children in their homes) and (2) the risks and rewards of family caregiving, with a particular focus on non-traditional or off-time caregivers.
I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies (LCAG), established in 2007 from a university-extension-community partnership. I recently secured a 5-year, $1.3 million grant from USDA/NIFA Children Youth and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of a self-care program for grandparents and grandchildren with colleagues from the University of Hawaii at Manoa including their Extension system.
Secondary is my interest in gerontological pedagogy, especially examining the benefits of service-learning activities for undergraduate students. As a result of my work in this area, I was awarded the 2008 Service-Learning Instructional Innovation Award from CSU. Finally, supporting my commitment to instruction and educational opportunities in non-traditional settings, I also work closely with CSU Extension in a variety of capacities.
Tracy L. Nelson
Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences
Associate Director, Colorado School of Public Health
College of Health & Human Sciences
Currently my engaged scholarship includes a collaboration with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado to quantify their human performance program. Recently, we received a contract with the Uniformed Services University to longitudinally consider how this human performance program may impact 10th SFG(A) soldier’s mental, physical, social and spiritual health before and after deployment.
I am also the PI of a contract with La Clínica Tepeyac funded through the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) of the Globeville, Elyria Swansea (GES) neighborhood of Denver before it undergoes significant change as part of the National Western Center project. We will use the CHA to develop prevention programs in GES, including a tailored diabetes prevention program.
I also currently serve as the Associate Director for the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) at CSU. The CSPH is a collaborative School of Public Health that includes Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Each of these universities are fully engaged with each other as well as the community, as our students conduct practicums and capstone projects with community organizations throughout Colorado, the country and the world. cross the country and around the world.
Professor, Department of Communications Studies
Director, CSU Center for Public Deliberation
College of Liberal Arts
Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). He also serves as a Senior Public Engagement Fellow with Public Agenda, a nationally recognized public engagement firm based in New York, works with Colorado State University Extension, serves on the faculty of the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life program, and is on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.
His research focuses on contemporary public affairs, and the interdisciplinary theory and practice of deliberative democracy and collaborative governance. The CPD serves as an impartial resource for the Northern Colorado community dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication, community problem solving, and collaborative decision-making. Dr. Carcasson trains students and community members to serve as impartial facilitators, who then work with local governments, school boards, and community organizations to analyze tough issues and then design, facilitate, and report on innovative public forums on those issues.
Professor, Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
Tobi Jacobi is Professor of English at Colorado State University where she coordinates the gtPathways Writing Integration Initiative and teaches courses on writing and literacy theory with a specialization in the work of incarcerated women writers. She directs the CSU Community Literacy Center and trains student and community volunteers to facilitate writing workshops with incarcerated adults and at-risk youth in Northern Colorado, a program that has been publishing and circulating writings from confined populations since 2004.
She has published on community literacy and prison writing in numerous book collections and journals such as Community Literacy Journal, Corrections Today, Feminist Formations and the Journal of Correctional Education. Her edited collection (with Dr. Ann Folwell Stanford), Women, Writing, and Prison: Activists, Scholars, and Writers Speak Out, was published in 2014. Her current research focuses on examining narratives of representation from a girls' training school in Hudson, NY in the 1920s and 1930s along with Dr. Laura Rogers.
Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation
Warner College of Natural Resources
Dr. Robin Reid is a Professor of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Director of the endowed Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University. She is also a faculty member in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.
Robin spent 20 years in east Africa, working for CSU and then the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and outreach on conservation and pastoral development issues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. She now leads work on how to make science a catalyst for transformative social action. Robin also works with teams to use collaborative action to make progress on complex problems of society and the environment in the western US, Mongolia and east Africa.
She has published widely in interdisciplinary science. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her PhD in Rangeland Ecosystem Science here in 1992.
Associate Professor of Science Education, Department of Biology
College of Natural Sciences
I was initially trained as an entomologist, but I now study how people make meaning of natural science concepts through reading, writing, and speaking.
My research group uses discourse and communication theories to understand how undergraduate students identify and resolve scientific misconceptions through writing-to-learn, writing-to-communicate, or problem-based cooperative group activities. Some of my students study how teachers (pre-service and in-service) communicate with their students about science, and in this capacity I work closely with school districts throughout Colorado.
Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Franklyn Garry grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York. He received his B.S. and DVM from Cornell University, and MS from The Ohio State University. He worked in a dairy practice in upstate New York, and then worked for advanced clinical training at the Maximillian University, Munich, Germany and at The Ohio State University. He is a specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
He is currently a Professor at Colorado State University, where he has been in the Department of Clinical Sciences since 1987. Since 1996 he has been the coordinator of the Integrated Livestock Management program at CSU. This is a multidisciplinary graduate studies program that focuses research and training efforts at problems in cow/calf, feedlot, and dairy agriculture.
Head Archivist, Water Resources Archive
Patricia J. Rettig is the Head Archivist for the Water Resources Archive at the Colorado State University Libraries. She has built the archive to hold over 100 distinct collections documenting Colorado’s water heritage by engaging with the water community across the state. This involves working with people throughout the university as well as with state and federal agencies, ditch companies, businesses, and beyond. Rettig earned her Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland.
Vice Provost for International Affairs, Colorado State University
Jim Cooney is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Colorado State University. He was responsible for the proposal that led to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2013 Senator Paul Simon Comprehensive Internationalization Award being awarded to CSU. Cooney serves on the President’s Cabinet and Council of Deans at CSU, and he founded and chairs CSU’s annual International Colloquium.
As chairperson of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on International Initiatives Executive Committee , he was responsible for organizing the 2015 conference linking “international engagement” and campus internationalization, and he is now a special liaison to APLU’s Council on Engagement.
Cooney studied at Harvard and MIT and worked at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for 23 years.
Director of International Initiatives
Office of International Programs
Chad Hoseth is Director of International Initiatives at Colorado State University. Chad serves on the senior management team within the Office of International Programs, working with the Vice Provost for International Affairs to develop and implement comprehensive campus internationalization efforts that support the university’s internationalization goals.
Chad oversees the International Initiatives unit within the Office of International Programs, where he manages CSU’s portfolio of global partnerships, and helps guide the implementation of partnership activities such as dual degree academic programs and joint research efforts. The International Initiatives team also provides on-campus academic and co-curricular programs that promote intercultural understanding and creates opportunities for global engagement through the entire CSU community.
Previously, Chad directed the international activities of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Chad was a Fulbright Scholar (Korea, 2013) and he received his M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Project Manager, Office of Community & Economic Development
As an Office of Engagement team member, Paula Mills works to connect the best of CSU’s innovation, strategies and resources to Coloradans working to address social, economic, and workforce issues in their communities. Mills most recently directed the Colorado State’s successful pursuit of a 2016 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Designation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. She also played a leadership role in CSU’s inaugural Agriculture Innovation Summit, convening 400+ leaders from industry, government and higher education.
Her career prior to CSU includes sales and marketing management roles in the consumer packaged goods industry and leadership of small business ventures.
Provost and Executive Vice President
Appointed to his current position in February 2010, Dr. Miranda joined Colorado State University's Department of Mathematics in 1981, and previously served as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
Dr. Miranda received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has served as visiting professor at several universities in Italy and at Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Tufts University. He has authored numerous journal articles and has authored or co-authored three books on mathematics.
Vice President for Diversity
As Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros leads Colorado State’s diversity efforts and reports directly to the President. Her duties as vice president include leading diversity planning efforts, including assessment, evaluation, and accountability; developing strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations; organizing the annual Diversity Conference; helping to coordinate activities among on-campus units, commissions, committees, and task forces; and representing the University through networking and collaboration with outside communities, schools, and organizations.
An alumna of CSU, Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, and special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo. She has served on numerous CSU committees, councils, and task forces, and is a member of several professional organizations. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and son.
Assistant Vice President for Engagement
Deputy Director of CSU Extension
Dr. Stokes’ responsibilities include food and agriculture systems initiatives, fostering applied scholarship opportunities, and developing strategies for university-based extension that broaden and deepen engagement across CSU’s eight colleges. Dr. Stokes received her bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and her D.V.M./Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, where she was on the faculty at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to joining CSU in 2015, she spent six years at the University of Hawai’i, where she was the sole veterinary extension specialist serving Hawai’i as well as neighboring countries throughout the Pacific. From 2014 to 2015, she served as the interim Associate Dean/Director of Extension at the University of Hawai’i. In July of 2015, she joined CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as the Assistant Dean for Veterinary Admissions and Student Services. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, has been an invited speaker internationally on livestock transportation, and serves on national committees regarding animal health and welfare.
Vice President for Engagement
Dr. Lou Swanson is Vice President for Engagement, Director of Extension and Professor of Sociology. He oversees CSU Extension, Continuing Education/OnlinePlus, Office of Community and Economic Development, the Colorado Water Institute, and the Office of Engagement international initiatives.
Dr. Swanson received his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State University. He has spent the majority of his career focused on public policy associated with agriculture and rural community studies. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and has authored or co-authored six books on rural communities in the United States.
Assistant Vice President for Research and Industry Partnerships
Mark is CSU’s primary point of contact for the private sector, including industry relations, industry sponsored research, joint proposals, and public-private partnerships. Prior to this role, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of CSU Management Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of CSU Ventures, Inc. – home to CSU’s Supercluster™ business enterprise arm. CSU Management Corporation managed CSU Fund I, LLC, a seed and early stage investment fund associated with Colorado State University.
Prior to coming to Colorado, Mr. Wdowik was the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In this role, he managed the university’s intellectual property portfolio, industry partnerships, university start-ups, economic development and technology commercialization.