Adams State University welcomes new faculty


In addition to new students, each fall Adams State University also welcomes new faculty to the campus and Alamosa community. New full-time, tenure track faculty this semester include:

  • Shellie Beeman, Asst. Professor of Voice, is a lyric soprano with a Doctor of Arts in performance, speech-language pathology from Ball State University. She holds both a bachelor's and master's of music in vocal performance from Bob Jones University. She has taught vocal performance at Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University.

  • Joel Givens, Asst. Professor of Counselor Education, is completing doctoral work at University of Northern Colorado, where he taught in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned a master's degree in psychology from Duquesne University; his bachelor's in psychology and philosophy is from Wheaton College.
  • Timothy Mobley, formerly an adjunct instructor at Adams State, is now a full-time Instructor of Developmental Math.

  • Jared Romero, Asst. Professor of Biology and Earth Science: Animal Physiology, holds a Ph.D. in biomedical science from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He earned his master's at Colorado State University-Pueblo and a B.S. in biology from Adams State University.

  • Matthew Steffenson, Asst. Professor of Biology, earned his Ph.D. in quantitative biology at University of Texas at Arlington. He holds an M.S. from Tennessee Technological University and a B.S. from Siena College. His research interests include behavioral ecology and predator-prey interactions. He has taught at University of Texas at Arlington, Tennessee Tech, and Tarrant County College.

  • Eden Wales Freedman, Asst. Professor of English, is completing doctoral work in literature at University of New Hampshire. She specializes in postbellum American literature, trauma and reception theories, and race and gender studies. She earned a master's in literature at Boston College, and a bachelor's in English from Swarthmore College.

  • Brian Zuleger, Asst. Professor of Human Performance and Physical Education, holds a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned an M.S. in human movement and performance and a exercise and sport science, both from Western Washington University, Bellingham. His research explores the characteristics of successful coaches.
Three former visiting professors now hold full-time tenure track positions:

  • Gustavo Plascencia, Asst. Professor of Art

  • Natalie Rogers, Asst. Professor of Accounting

  • Aaron Tuioti-Mariner, Asst. Professor of Human Performance and Physical Education: Sport Management
The following have one-year appointments as visiting professors:

  • Raquel Barata, Visiting Asst. Professor of Mathematics
  • LeRee Bearss, Visiting Asst. Professor of Education

  • Henry Garvin, Visiting Asst. Professor of Management & Health Care Administration

  • Daniele Ledonne, Visiting Asst. Professor of Mass Communications

  • Elizabeth L. Robinson, Visiting Asst. Professor of Chemistry

  • Placido Erwin Romero, Visiting Asst. Professor of Math

By Julie Waechter