VPFA Staff

Kate Willink

Kate Willink

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Kate Willink is the inaugural Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies. The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA) works closely with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and faculty members across the university to support the continued excellence of DU faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity, and building a strong, inclusive, and collaborative faculty community. Through collaboration and innovation, Kate works closely with deans and department heads to recruit and retain high-quality faculty, support faculty career advancement, and to create collaborative department cultures that support transparency, equity, trust and belonging.

Casey Kite

Casey Kite

Executive Assistant

Casey Kite is an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Provost. She supports Kate Willink the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, as well as the Sr. Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, Corinne Lengsfeld, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Jennifer Karas, and the Vice Provost for University Budget and Administration, Linda Kosten. Casey is a Texas native, and completed both her B.A. in Political Science and her M.A. in Public Administration and Finance at Texas State University in San Marcos. She enjoys traveling to the National Parks with her wife, cooking, and spending time with her senior dogs Jack-Jack and Lady.

Alison Staudinger

Alison Staudinger

Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement

 In collaboration with the Office of Teaching and Learning and the rest of the VPFA office, Alison 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. Alison 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.

Alison comes to DU 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.

Peyton Coder

Peyton Coder

Research Assistant

Peyton Coder is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration on Mental Health. Peyton graduated with his B.A in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality studies and certificate in Human Rights from the University of Iowa. During his last year at the University of Iowa Peyton completed a senior thesis on Queer Mental health which was picked by the University of Iowa to be shown to incoming students on campus, Peyton also worked for AmeriCorps; Educate and Elevate program focusing on education reform for men who are in correctional facilities, as well as an undergraduate teaching assistant for three classes for the department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.

Peyton will be assisting with gathering resources for prospective and new faculty. 

Joshua Edelmann

Joshua Edelmann

Data Specialist

Josh Edelmann is pursuing a master’s degree in Data Science at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. Josh graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Information Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a military dog handler for the United States Air Force where he was responsible for training his canine partner in preparation for overseas deployment and ensuring the security of military assets. Josh enjoys hiking with his dog, fly fishing, and skiing.

Josh will be assisting with various data projects for the VPFA office.

PADRAIC FITZGERALD

PADRAIC FITZGERALD

Graduate Research Assistant

Padraic Fitzgerald is a graduate research assistant supporting Vice Provost Kate Willink and a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a doctorate in religious studies, where he specializes in contemporary European Pagan Spiritualties with a concentration in Nordic Spiritual Practices. Padraic received his B.A. in Anthropology from Eckerd College and his M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. For his maser’s project he completed an analysis of Vajrayana Buddhist ritual practice through a biopolitical and political theological lens which was subsequently published in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. Padraic also completed a term as an AmeriCorps service member at the Inner Harbour campus of Youth Villages in Douglasville, Georgia where he provided classroom assistance and one-on-one tutoring. Additionally, he helped execute accomplish weekly and annual service projects in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Rediet Geremew

Rediet Geremew

Research Assistant

Rediet Geremew is pursuing a master’s degree in International Development with a specialization in Humanitarian Assistance. Prior to COVID-19 Rediet was volunteering with the Peace Corps as a High School Biology and Math teacher in rural Tanzania. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with her B.S. in General Biology and a minor in Business. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for a marketing firm as a Human Resource Manager where she was responsible for recruiting and business development. Rediet’s passions include traveling, hiking, and volunteering in underserved communities.

Rediet is working on building web resources for faculty approaching retirement.  

Justine May

Justine May

Communications Specialist

Justine May is pursuing a master’s degree in International Studies with specializations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, International Human Rights Policy, and Research Methods. Justine graduated with her B.S. in Sociology from Western Washington University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Seoul, South Korea, where she had conducted research for her senior thesis the year before, for intensive language study. Upon returning to the United States, Justine worked for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs where she served as the department’s communication specialist and, later, managed the Colorado 2020 Census Support Program.

Justine will be assisting with VPFA communications, including newsletters and email blasts.