College of Liberal Arts Spring 2019 News

New! Faculty Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion

Rosa Mikeal Martey
Dr. Rosa Mikeal Martey, professor of journalism

In fall 2018 the College hired a faculty coordinator of diversity and inclusion to assist in the recruitment and retention of traditionally marginalized students and faculty and to provide education and resources about inclusive pedagogical practices. Dr. Rosa Mikeal Martey, professor of journalism, will create materials, resources, events, and consultation to faculty, staff, and students interested in the area of diversity and inclusion.

New! Blake Leadership Scholars

Through the generosity of a donor, the College is offering a new leadership program for outstanding students who have an interest in leadership and civic engagement. For the first year, six students were selected; these incoming first-year students will start at CSU in Fall 2019 and will be part of a four-year cohort, starting off with a seminar lead by Dr. Zach Hutchins from the English department.

Career Survey results

Last spring, we conducted a survey of liberal arts alumni from 5 – 10 – 20 – 30 years out from graduation to find out where their career paths have taken them.

Here are the results.

In 2017-18, we surveyed undergraduate alumni 5 – 10 – 20 – and 30 years out of school to find out what their career paths have been.

  • 400 respondents.
  • 60% female, 40% male.
  • 32% first generation (parents/step-parents do not have a bachelor’s degree)

In the six months immediately after receiving bachelor's degree,

got a job
looked for a job
went to graduate school

Other things that new graduates did after graduation include:

  • Study privately with a famous composer in New York
  • Played arena football
  • Created a nonprofit land conservation organization
  • Moved abroad
  • Worked at the job held throughout undergraduate school

Since graduation, number of industries worked in:

Chart of students career industries after graduation

Sample occupations of CSU/CLA alumni:

  • Criminal justice
  • Hospitality
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Marketing and communications
  • Attorney, lawyer, judge
  • Computer programmer/software engineer
  • Personnel/HR manager

Number of unique jobs alumni have held since graduation

  • 25% have held 7+ jobs
  • 18% have held 4 jobs
  • 37% have held 3 or fewer jobs

Amount of leadership responsibility held by CLA alumni

Job Responsibilities in primary job of alumni

Graduate school

have pursued a graduate or advanced degree
wait four or more years to puruse that degree


  • 52% make $41-80K a year
  • 25% make $81-150 a year
  • 10% make more than $150K a year

Visit the alumni section of our website for information and stories about our alumni.

Award winners

College of Liberal Arts awards

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts awards teaching, research, and engagement excellence to faculty and staff.


Two liberal arts alumni are Colorado Book Award Finalists

Creative Nonfiction

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Adoption by Susan Devan Harness (University of Nebraska Press)

Susan Harness, M.A., anthropology, 2016; M.A., English, 2016


False Faces: Twenty Stories About the Masks We Wear, edited by Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp (RMFW Press)

Angie Hodapp Rasmussen, M.A., English, 2010

Colorado Book Award Winners will be announced on May 18, 2019.


Read more about what our faculty are researching

General interest articles from The Conversation

Books of recent faculty scholarship 


Art & Art History

Patrice Sullivan, painting
Jim Dormer, printmaking
Christy Martell, Hatton Gallery director


Jill Salahub, communications coordinator
Ellen Brinks, professor, literature
Judy Doenges, associate professor, fiction
Deborah Dimon, Instructor

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Judy Lilly
Ludmila Pokatilova

Political Science

Charles (Chuck) Davis 


Mike McCulloch 

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Janet Landreth, keyboard professor and area coordinator

In Memoriam

Art & Art History

On October 12, 2018 Gary Leroy Keimig passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a year-long struggle with Glioblastoma. Gary was born in Wichita, Kansas on September 25, 1941 to Chester and Nadine Keimig and married Eileen Hickman in 1963. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree at Wichita State University. In 1964, Gary and Eileen moved to Boulder, Colorado where he earned an MFA in painting and drawing. Gary had a rich, rewarding life as an artist, art professor, husband, and father. He taught for 43 years in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University, specializing in figure drawing. Gary's body of work, prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures, has spread far and wide. His large painting of children reading and imagining is featured prominently in the entry to the Estes Valley Public Library. But equal to his art is his legacy as a teacher, which became even more evident when word spread of his condition and students began writing to express their appreciation for his influence on their lives and art. Gary and Eileen moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 1974 where they raised their daughters Emily and Rachel. In 1982, Gary and Eileen opened Omnibus on Elk Horn Ave., Estes Park.



Jim Tanner, a former professor in the English department, passed away at the end of March. Patti Cowell said of him, “Jim Tanner was among the first people I met when I moved to Fort Collins to join CSU’s English Department in 1976. I remember him as a quiet man, quietly doing fine teaching and always willing to help a newcomer find her way. Over the years, as I got to know him better, I enjoyed his deadpan humor, literary expertise, and apparent ease with students. I understand second-hand that he was a skilled regular at an on-going departmental poker game!” Current department chair Louann Reid added, “He retired in 2000, so I knew Jim for a fairly short time. He struck me as dignified and reserved--until we had somewhat longer conversations and I saw his humorous side. I understood that he was liked by students and knew that he was a legendary host of poker nights that continued well past retirement.”



Dr. Max Lowdermilk passed away last October in Tempe, Arizona.  Dr. Lowdermilk earned a BA in Rural Sociology from Duke University and his M.SC and Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension Education and Agricultural Economics at Cornell University. He worked closely for many years with faculty in CSU beginning in the 1970s, including faculty members in the Sociology Department, teaching Rural Sociology and doing research on rural development, irrigation and water management projects in Pakistan, Egypt and India, before retiring in 2000. As stated in his obituary in The Coloradoan:

"Compassion and a deep commitment to serve others were central to Max's life and work. He was a scholar, always reading, writing and asking questions of himself and others….Throughout his life Max worked tirelessly to better the lives of those less fortunate."