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Phase III of the Next Generation University Studies Program

Spring 2024


In spring 2024, work will continue on Phase III of the Next Generation University Studies Program. Co-chaired by Mandy Gifford, Chief of Staff to the Provost, and Dr. Morteza Dejam, Associate Professor in Energy and Petroleum Engineering, a group of Next Generation Education Fellows will chair subcommittees to work on specific components of the new draft model. The subcommittees will be charged with developing definitions of the components, student learning outcomes, and policy recommendations. Campus involvement and feedback sessions will occur in late spring. 

Plese see the Next Generation USP Subcommittee membership.


Ted Brummond Dr. Morteza Dejam, Co-Chair

Dr. Morteza Dejam is an Associate Professor of Energy and Petroleum Engineering and Computing at the University of Wyoming and an Associate Editor for Water Resources Research and Journal of Hydrology. He obtained his Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary, Sharif University of Technology, and Petroleum University of Technology in 2016, 2009, and 2007, respectively. His research area is transport phenomena and thermodynamics of fluids in porous media, focusing on solute dispersion, phase behavior of nanoconfined fluids, geological storage, geothermal energy, enhanced oil recovery, fluid flow in shale rocks, and block-to-block interaction in fractured porous media. Dr. Dejam’s contributions to research, teaching, and service have been recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Rocky Mountain North America Region through the SPE Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award and SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty in 2019 and the SPE Regional Service Award in 2022. As a high-achieving and outstanding early-career faculty member who has shown significant promise for the scholarship, Dr. Dejam has recently been recognized by the University of Wyoming’s Office of the President to receive the 2022 Presidential Scholarly Achievement Award for Promising Early-Career Faculty.


photo Mandy Gifford Mandy Gifford, Co-Chair

Chief of Staff

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(307) 766-6476

Responsibilities: Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, Deans & Directors, Legislation, Confidential Matters


Dr. Nevin Aiken Dr. Nevin Aiken

Nevin Aiken is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies in the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies (SPPAIS).  In addition to his teaching and scholarly activities, he has developed an extensive background and leadership experience in the area of experiential learning.  As Director of the Political Science and International Studies Programs, Nevin has overseen extensive internship, volunteer/public service, place-based learning, study abroad, and field research opportunities for students in SPPAIS.  As a faculty member, he has also led numerous study abroad programs to the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  In 2021-2022, Nevin was chosen to serve as an Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow with UW’s Global Engagement Office and worked with Education Abroad and the US State Department to design and host a national training workshop on ‘best practices’ in faculty-led study abroad.  In 2023-2024, Nevin was selected as a Presidential Fellow to work with President Seidel and the Office of Academic Affairs to establish a new cross-college institutional center that will enhance student excellence and success by increasing student access, participation, and engagement in high-impact interdisciplinary experiential learning at the University of Wyoming.

photo of Myron Allen Dr. Myron Allen Dr. Myron B. Allen is professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Wyoming. He joined the UW faculty in 1983, after receiving an AB from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. His scholarly work focuses on numerical analysis, partial differential equations, and the mathematics of underground fluid flows. From 1999-2013, he served in UW’s Office of Academic Affairs, first as associate provost then, beginning in 2005, as provost and vice president for academic affairs. As a faculty member, he received UW’s highest faculty awards, the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award and the John P. Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award.


Rick Fisher Rick Fisher Rick Fisher has filled a variety of roles at UW including instructor and GA mentor for first-year composition, technical writing instructor, advisor for undergraduate research projects, Writing Center director, and primary author of various institutional documents. Currently he directs the Communication across the Curriculum program, helping to improve instruction in UW's communication-intensive courses and to promote a culture of writing among faculty, graduate students, and the campus community in general. His research focuses on WAC and disciplinary literacies, and he is always interested in finding new research collaborators.


Photo of April Heaney Dr. April Heaney

April Heaney directs the Learning Resource Network (LeaRN), an umbrella of academic success and enrichment programs including Summer and Fall Bridge, first-year living-learning communities (LLCs), First Gen Scholars, First-Year Experience courses, STEP tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, Writing Center, and Communication Across the Curriculum. Dr. Heaney’s work has received several national awards, including the Hesburgh Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, the Conference on Basic Writing Award for Innovation, and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate. Heaney is also a senior lecturer in the English Department.


Photo of Dr. Krszjzaniek Dr. Eric Krszjzaniek

Eric Krszjzaniek, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Management & Marketing Department. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Eric worked for NGO developing curriculum for the Department of Energy, and served as a County Commissioner for Portage County, Wisconsin, prior to moving to Laramie in 2012 to pursue graduate studies. For his graduate work at UW, Eric earned dual Masters degrees in Rhetoric and Environment & Natural Resources, as well as his PhD in Marketing & Sustainable Business Practices, before joining the University of Wyoming as faculty in 2018. Some of his past research has focused on how experiential consumption can change consumers, how the abject affects consumer behavior, and the role of students to inspire change in local government. His current research focuses on how consumers adapt to a lack of marketing systems.


Photo of Samatha Peter Samantha Peter Samantha Peter is the Chair of Research & Instruction and Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries. Samantha received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Wyoming and Master’s of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas. Her research focus is on disability within libraries including Universal Design for Learning in the classroom and workplace, experiences of librarians with invisible disabilities, and more. Sammy is currently working on a book with Paula Martin titled, Navigating Disability in the Academic Library Workplace that will be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries Press in 2025.


Photo of Jennifer Tabler Dr. Jennifer Tabler Dr. Tabler is a medical sociologist with interests in mental health, aging and the lifecourse, and health disparities. Her current research focuses on examining the influence of eating disorders on women's transition to adulthood, as well as the gender gap in depression in later-life. Her community-based, interdisciplinary work focuses on health disparities among under-served populations, and making Laramie a more "age-friendly" community. She is also currently working on an interdisciplinary project exploring the measurement of sex, gender, and sexuality in top utilized surveys funded by an A&S interdisciplinary seed grant.


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