Alison Staudinger joins DU in the role of Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement. She comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she was an Associate Professor and Chair in Democracy and Justice Studies, with joint appointments in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. Alison’s disciplinary research considers mid-century American political narratives about apocalypses and whether they overly constrain our ability to confront climate collapse. She was the Co-Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at UWGB and Co-Directed the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars faculty development program for the UW-System.

Here at DU, in collaboration with the Office of Teaching and Learning and the rest of the VPFA office, she will design and implement programming and advocate for policies that promote faculty growth and advancement across all series and ranks. Starting with welcoming prospective and new hires through onboarding and community-building, she will support faculty as they progress in their careers. She is particularly interested in questions of workload inequity–especially for caregivers and others experiencing additional burdens during this pandemic—and in asking how universities articulate and celebrate contributions to student success and institutional change. One of her roles will be to meet with faculty one-on-one to support them as they prepare for promotion and reviews or envision how to make the next stage of their career meaningful. Watch for updates on the VPFA website and get in touch if you want to talk about your experiences at DU and how we can help ensure that you flourish. You can reach her at Alison.Staudinger@du.edu.