Gibbes and Kosloski named to the University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholars Program

Two UCCS faculty members have been named to the University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholars Program, the highest system-wide honor for faculty committed to balanced teaching and research.

Cerian Gibbes, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, and Anna Kosloski, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs, have been named CU President’s Teaching Scholars and will serve lifetime appointments to the program.

Established in 1989, the President’s Teaching Scholars Program endorses excellence in teaching by honoring faculty throughout the four campuses on the University of Colorado system who excel and embody teaching, scholarship, creative work and research.

Between one and four faculty members from across the CU system are named to the program each year. For two of those scholars to be named from UCCS in a single year is unprecedented in program history. Gibbes and Kosloski will be formally named to the program in Jan. 2022.

The scholars are chosen from the four CU campuses, not only for their skill in their own classrooms, but also for their potential to improve education and enlarge its possibilities across the university. They “exemplify a zeal for teaching and learning, a passion for research and scholarship in their respective discipline, high regard for their students, a collaborative approach to research with colleagues and students, respect for diversity in teaching styles and learning communities, an interest in assessing the effects of research in classroom setting, and a desire to promote civil discourse both inside and outside the classroom,” writes the Council Chair of the program.

Learn more about Gibbes and Kosloski below and a full feature on CU Connections.

Cerian Gibbes, Associate Professor, Geography & Environmental Studies

Cerian Gibbes joined the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

Gibbes’ curiosity about the environment began in her childhood, while growing up in a rural community in Trinidad & Tobago. This led to a research trajectory focused on the social and ecological impacts of environmental change, with a particular interest in studying spaces where agriculture and conservation coexist. Her work is primarily situated in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Gibbes’ current research, funded by National Geographic, explores the connections between sustainability, land use and immigrant farming experiences. She is also a two-time Fulbright Fellowship recipient (2014 and 2020).

Gibbes teaches Environmental Remote Sensing, Statistical Analysis in Geography, Urban Sustainability, and Geography of Africa. Additionally, she has co-taught travel courses to Uganda, Rwanda, and Guatemala. In her teaching, she seeks to draw from the experience that individuals bring to the class to create an inclusive environment in which curiosity is rewarded, and experimentation regardless of failure or success is valued. She also presently serves as the Director of the Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT) and on the Student Awards committee for the American Association of Geographers.

Learn more about Gibbes’ work in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at UCCS.

Anna Kosloski, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs

Anna Kosloski is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), where she directs the Bachelor of Criminal Justice program.

Kosloski joined the UCCS team in 2012 and has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses covering the foundations of the criminal justice system, criminal justice policy, crime theory, and a variety of topics on violence and victimization. Kosloski has also co-facilitated study abroad courses and is a co-creator of the criminal justice learning community. She has been a mentor for students interested in research and previously served as the director of the Undergraduate Research Academy (URA), shepherded graduate student theses and capstone projects, collaborated with students on grant funded research projects and co-authored scholarly works with students. Her own research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender, and crime.

Her recent projects include an examination of Adverse Childhood Experiences and participation in the commercial sex industry, gender differences among buyers in the commercial sex industry, and the impact of historical trauma on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Peoples (MMIP). She has recently published in “Women & Criminal Justice,” “Child Abuse & Neglect” and “Journal of Criminal Justice.”

Kosloski believes in bridging professional organizations and academia through collaborative research. She regularly partners with criminal justice and nonprofit organizations on research and program evaluations. These scholarly collaborations have been awarded over $5 million in funding. Kosloski was recognized in 2016 as the UCCS Outstanding Teacher and is honored to be joining a dedicated team of teacher-scholars through the President’s Teaching Scholars Program.

Learn more about Kosloski’s work in the School of Public Affairs at UCCS.