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Center Staff

All of our staff are here to assist you. CIL Advisors are generalists and have helped students develop a wide range of Individualized Degree Programs. They also have diverse backgrounds and interests. You can reach any of our staff by email or by calling the front desk at 303-615-0525.

Kim VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D., Director, has taught English, women's lit, and cultural studies. She has served as an academic advisor for students from diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students, international students, adult learners, and GLBT students. She is committed to helping you find *your* path to graduation. Her email is:

Lisa Kirscht, J.D., M.S., Individualized Degree Specialist, has experience teaching first year law students, as well as advising pharmacy and undergraduate honors students. She is dedicated to empowering students with diverse backgrounds and helping them realize their potential. She draws on her multifaceted background to guide you towards reaching goals that will personally inspire you to succeed. Her email is:

Patricia Nickel, Ph.D., Individualized Degree Specialist, has international teaching and advising experience across the humanities and social sciences. She genuinely values students’ perspectives and the influence that their background has on their academic goals. She is experienced at guiding students as they craft proposals that integrate their unique interests into their overall academic goals. Her email is:

Michelle Dupuis, M.Ed., Individualized Systems Specialist, has worked in higher education for many years both as an advisor and a team leader. She is responsible for ensuring that our work with students is effective and that the programs and systems we implement support that work. She also works as the lead on many of the Emerging Programs. Her email is

Susan Heath, M.Ed., Program Manager, has been with MSU Denver for several years. She worked with the Office of Institutional Research prior to joining our team. In addition to managing the office, Susan assists students in the writing process for the IDP proposal essay and collaborates with the MSU Denver Writing Center. She is a 2013 graduate of the IDP program with a Bachelor’s degree in Literacy and Diverse Learners. Her email is:

Student Peer mentors are advanced IDP students who are charged with assisting and mentoring incoming IDP students as they work on an IDP proposal.

Note: Our former Director Elizabeth Parmelee, has moved to a new position as Director of Undergraduate Studies, the office that oversees CIL, as well as the Applied Learning Center, Honors, International Studies, the Writing Center, and University Advising Systems. Her email is:

Our front office student staff members are also here to help you.

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