Published: Sept. 12, 2016
CU Boulder psychology student works with families at the Children's Museum in Denver last spring thanks to Outreach Award.

Faculty-led outreach and engagement projects will be supported at new levels starting this fall, thanks to increased funding from the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education.

Annual funding for the CU Boulder Outreach Awards will now total $560,000, which is $200,000 more than in the past. This year, 42 proposals received funding, ranging from innovative K-12 programming to collaborative research projects that connect research, teaching and creative work with public needs.

The decision to boost funding was due to the quality of this year's proposals and the university's increased commitment to public outreach and community engagement, said Sara Thompson, vice provost for outreach and engagement and dean of continuing education.

"These awards connect community know-how and engaged scholarship in a way that supports the mission of CU Boulder as a comprehensive public research university, and we are thrilled with the impact these programs have and will continue to have on Coloradans throughout the state," Thompson said.

The CU Boulder Outreach Committee, comprised of faculty and community members across many disciplines, oversees the award process.

The following list details 2016-17 outreach awards and faculty awardees by college or program.

College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor Erik Willcutt and Research Assistant Nomita Chhabildas
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Assistant Professor Emily Richardson
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 
Professor Nada Diachenko
Department of Theatre and Dance 
Assistant Professor Scott G. Ortman
Department of Anthropology 
Associate Professor Erica Ellingson
Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 
Associate Professor Markas Henry
Department of Theatre and Dance
Senior Instructor Nii Armah Sowah
Department of Theatre and Dance 
Professor Yuko Munakata
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 
Associate Professor Jill S. Litt
Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor Eliana Colunga
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 
Associate Professor Kira Hall
Department of Linguistics
Research Associate Alisha Brosse and Adjunct Professor David Miklowitz
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 


School of Education

Assistant Professor Terrenda White 
Research Associate Kristen Davidson
Starting a Worker-Owned Cooperative on Black Mesa
Associate Professor Ben Kirshner - CU Engage


College of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Joseph Ryan
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Senior Professional Research Assistant Daniel Knight
Department of Mechanical Engineering 
Assistant Professor Tom Yeh
Department of Computer Science


Graduate School

Professor Stephen Lekson
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History / Department of Anthropology 
Research Associate Alexandra Rose
Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
Associate Professor Christy McCain
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History / Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


School of Law

Professor Sarah Krakoff 
American Indian Law Clinic Tribal Outreach Projects: Election Protection and Pine Ridge Community Development
Associate Clinical Professor Carla Fredericks
Associate Professor Melissa Hart 
The Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law Clinical
Professor Ann England


University Libraries

Shakespeare at CU: First Folio Outreach Kit
Associate Professor Deborah Hollis


College of Music

Associate Professor Alejandro Cremaschi
Assistant Professor David Rickels


Interdisciplinary / Interdepartmental Faculty Groups

Professor Patricia Limerick, Center of the American West
Professor Penelope Kelsey, Department of English
Professor Andrew Cowell, Department of Linguistics
Associate Professor A. Susan Jurow, School of Education
Research Associate Sarah Hug, ATLAS
Associate Professor Jennifer Fluri, Department of Geography
Instructor Abby Hickcox, Honors Program
Associate Professor Brian Muller, Program in Environmental Design
Associate Professor Joel Hartter, Environmental Studies Program
Assistant Professor Shawhin Roudbari, Program in Environmental Design
Professor Robert Anderson, INSTAAR and Department of Geological Sciences
Senior Instructor Douglas Duncan, Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Climate Education and Resiliency for Denver Public Schools
Senior Research Associate Susan Sullivan, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Senior Instructor Victoria Derr, Program in Environmental Design
Professor William Penuel, School of Education
Dig In! to Local Food Community Literacy Project
Senior Instructor Veronica House, Program for Writing and Rhetoric
Assistant Professor Peter Newton, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor Phaedra Pezzullo, Department of Communication
Instructor Kent Willmann, School of Education
Distinguished Professor Emerita Marjorie McIntosh, Department of History
Associate Professor Arturo Aldama, Department of Ethnic Studies 
Assistant Professor David Ciplet, Environmental Studies Program
Research Associate and Instructor Adam Reed, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor A. Susan Jurow, School of Education
Associate Professor Brian Muller, Program in Environmental Design
Professor Marie Banich, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Assistant Professor Monique LeBourgeois, Department of Integrative Physiology
Senior Research Associate Beverly Kingston, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Assistant Professor Tamara Meneghini, Department of Theatre and Dance 
Student Science for the Northeast Denver Community
Professor Jana Milford and Professor Shelly Miller, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering Program
Assistant Professor Kevin O'Connor, School of Education
Associate Professor Beth Osnes, Department of Theatre & Dance
Clinical Assistant Professor Jen Walentas Lewon, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences