Meet the TIAA Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars 

One faculty member from each school and college has been selected to receive the first-ever TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars award. Presented by CityCenter, this award recognizes the outstanding contributions of faculty to the Denver-metro region through community-engaged scholarship.

  • Francisco Conejo, PhD, Senior Instructor of Marketing, Business School
  • Andrew Guerrero, Instructor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, College of Arts & Media
  • Antwan Jefferson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Relations, School of Education & Human Development
  • Jeremy Németh, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Planning
  • Kevin Rens, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Computing
  • Esther Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Danielle Varda, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, School of Public Affairs

 

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About the TIAA Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars

The TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars award recognizes the outstanding contributions of CU Denver faculty to the Denver metro region through community-engaged scholarship. The award is open to all tenure and non-tenure track faculty (including lecturers). In addition to being recognized for their scholarship, recipients of the Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholar’s award will receive: 

  • Opportunities to share their research with the Denver community
  • Coverage of their scholarship on CU Denver communication channels
  • A monetary prize of $4,000

Congratulations to the first-ever Urban Engaged Scholars! Stay tuned for information on upcoming events highlighting the scholars’ research and to learn more about their impact on our city.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars awardees was based on the following criteria:

  • Scholarship addresses current urban issues in the Denver-metro region. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate an emphasis on current issues or needs in our community. 
  • Scholarship involves community partners in the Denver-metro region. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the strength of community partnerships in research or creative activity.
  • Scholarship is valuable to the academic community. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate academically relevant work that advances scholarship in one or more academic disciplines. 
  • Scholarship included graduate or undergraduate students. Preference will be given to applications that engaged CU Denver graduate or undergraduate students in scholarship or creative activity.
  • Scholarship impacted (or will impact) the Denver-metro region. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate significant potential community impact on our community. 

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