Shawn Worthy

Shawn Worthy, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Worthy began his career as an instructor at Northern Illinois before working in many clinical settings for behavioral and therapeutic services. He joined MSU Denver in 1995 and received tenure in 2002. Worthy has served as the chair of the Human Service Department, as well as the interim vice president of the Student Services Division and has also worked as the director of Mentoring and Summer Bridge Programs with Student Services at MSU Denver. He currently serves as the MSU Denver NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. Worthy has also worked as a clinician and psychotherapist at the Children’s Hospital of Denver and The Urban League of Denver.

He has done research and published work extensively about sports psychology on how all levels of skiers cope with fear. Additionally, Worthy has conducted research on domestic violence, teen suicide and other issues related to children and families. He has worked clinically with adults and teens infected with HIV. Worthy has researched, published and presented at many conferences and workshops striving to understand diversity as it pertains to engaging people of color. He currently serves on several community boards and commissions, which focus on youth and violence.

Worthy received his doctorate and master’s in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Prior to working in higher education, he was employed as an exercise professional for Johnson & Johnson as well as in hospital and community-based fitness facilities. Thompson is an active member in the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards Certified Exercise Physiologist subcommittee for ACSM as well as a member-at-large for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Thompson was recently honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is one of approximately 1400 in the entire College. He is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has maintained this certification for over 16 years. Thompson has published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals like the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology. He has continued research interests in skeletal muscle blood flow as well as the efficacy of physician/exercise professional national initiatives.

Thompson received his doctorate in exercise science from University of Toledo, a master’s in exercise science from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s in kinesiology from University of Northern Colorado.

Marc Rabinoff

Nhu Nguyen-Siedem

Nguyen-Siedem, Ph.D. is a physical education professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, mother and teacher, and developed a progressive secondary methods course that became a part of required course curriculum for a K-12 physical education program. The program includes activities such as skateboarding, takraw, rugby, tchoukball and speedball.

When she isn’t teaching and advising her students, she can be seen coaching USA junior national volleyball, or playing the game herself.

Troy Morgan

Troy Morgan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include youth sport development, systems and structures of athlete development, and mental health counseling. He currently teaches Organization and Administration of Sports, Sport in Society, Leadership and Ethics in Sport and oversees student field experience.

Morgan has over fifteen years of experience in the sport development domain, including in athlete mental health counseling, scientific research, and amateur and professional sports player development. He serves on the judicial committee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee – National Governing Body and is a content expert and policy advisor for youth sport development programs in African refugee camps.

Morgan received his doctorate degree in physical education, sport and exercise science from the University of New Mexico. He received a master’s degree in counseling and development from Kansas State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas.

Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans, Ph.D., is a sports management assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She teaches a variety of courses, including sport promotion/marketing, sport enterprise/finance and intro to sport management.

As a practitioner, Evans was an integral member of a summer collegiate baseball team in the Coastal Plain League in South Carolina. She worked her way to become the league’s first female general manager within seven years. Evans also worked closely with MiLB, MLB, NFL and NBA teams in the areas of marketing, operations, sales, event management and finance. Her other work included helping plan local festivals, charity events and concerts in South Carolina.

Her research interests include sport and entertainment marketing, sport sponsorships and consumer behavior. Evans has presented her research at national and international conferences where she won research grants to continue her work in sport sponsorships.

Evans earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sport management and sport marketing from University of South Carolina in 2019, 2014 and 2010 respectfully.

Darrin Duber-Smith

Darrin C. Duber-Smith, M.S., MBA, is a senior lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s College of Business, where he teaches Sports Marketing, Green Marketing, Seminar in Marketing Management and Advertising Management courses.

Duber-Smith has more than 30 years of specialized expertise in the marketing and management profession, including decades of work with natural, organic and green/sustainable goods and services.

As president of Green Marketing, Inc. from 2000-16, Duber-Smith was a co-founder of the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability market/industry model and was leader of the first U.S. industry task force that helped frame the Natural Products Association’s definition of natural in 2005.

He has co-authored several academic papers, including “State of the Economy and Attitudes Toward Sales Careers,” “Student Disposition Towards Sales as a Career,” “The Evolution of an Award-Winning Assessment Plan” and “Gender Bias in Consumer Perceptions of Salespeople.” He has published over 90 marketing-related articles and book chapters in various business publications, and he has been an invited speaker at over 50 executive-level events.

Duber-Smith has been the most frequently-interviewed marketing expert in Colorado media since 2005, and he authored Cengage Learning’s “KnowNow! Marketing” blog from 2011-2019.

Duber-Smith received The Wall Street Journal’s In-Education Distinguished Professor Award in 2009 and WSJ’s Top 125 Professor Award in 2014.

Lincoln Davie

Lincoln Davie, Ph.D., is an associate professor of outdoor recreation in the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include outdoor recreation, adventure sports and curriculum and instruction. He joined MSU Denver in August 2018.

Davie teaches Colorado Tourism and Recreation; Recreation, Leisure and Well-Being; Sport in Society; Recreation Therapy; and Ecotourism and oversees student internships. His research areas include adventure-sports coaching, teaching and learning.

Davie received his doctorate in Philosophy and a Master of Education from Montana State UniversityBozeman in 2016 and 2014, respectively, and a bachelor’s in Psychology, History and African Studies from St. Lawrence University in 2007. He is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician.

Colleen Colles

Colleen Colles, Ed.D., is a professor of sports management and assistant chair in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Sports Management major. Her areas of expertise include gender-equity issues in sport, legal issues in sport, sport internships, study abroad and sport-management pedagogy. She currently teaches classes in Sports Management and Career and Professional Development in Sports Management and oversees internships.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Colles worked at Nichols College for 12 years, teaching in the MBA program and serving as the department chair for the Sports Management Program. She taught at the University of Northern Colorado and worked as the head volleyball coach and an instructor at Eastern Oregon University. Her involvement at MSU Denver includes co-chairing the College of Professional Studies’ Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee, serving on the Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Committee, the Experiential Learning Task Force and multiple search committees. She has been involved with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) since its inception, serving on the Board of Commissioners for multiple terms. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Sportswomen of Colorado and is an active member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Sport and Recreation Law Association.

In 2014, Colles led the transformation of the Sport Management curriculum, which resulted in the successful accreditation of the program by the COSMA in 2017. She has also been instrumental in reestablishing a distinguished Sport Management Advisory Board, hosting an annual Women in Sport Leadership panel and creating two academic minors, one in Sport Media and the other in Sport Management. Her most recent work, Networks and Academic Partnerships in International Sport Management, has been published as a book chapter in “Managing Sport Across Borders.”

She received her doctorate in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. She received her master’s degree in Physical Education in 1990 from Eastern Kentucky University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness Management from Northern Michigan University in 1988.

Sue Barnd

Sue Barnd, Ed.D., is a professor in the Department of Secondary/K-12 Education and Educational Technology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She specializes in elementary physical education pedagogy.

Barnd has over 30 years of experience in teaching, having taught at the elementary, middle school and university levels. She spent 11 years at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse serving as a faculty member and as coach for women’s fast pitch team. At MSU Denver, Barnd works with the K-12 Physical Education majors, supervises student teachers and is the co-advisor for the Physical Education Teaching Majors Club. In addition to teaching, Barnd serves as the program director for the K-12 Physical Education Program.

She has published over 35 articles; and has presented at the local, state, region, national and international level. Barnd has been actively involved in numerous local, state and national physical education committees. She has also served as the Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance President.

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