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.

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. 

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.  

Emily Liu

Emily Liu

Data Analytics Intern

Emily Liu is pursuing a dual master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Database Design and Administration, and Human Resource Management. Emily graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Labor Relationship from the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China. After completed undergraduate study, Emily worked in human resource information system analysis area and moved to the United States in 2016. Emily switched her career path into technology and data analysis and worked as a pension analyst intern in a banking and insurance consulting company, while she started her master’s degree in both technology and business field.

Emily is managing the YouRock! project and various VPFA data projects. 

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.