Kelli Klebe
Dean
Graduate School

Why did you initially apply to work at CU?

I applied to the Psychology Department at UCCS for an assistant professor position in quantitative psychology. The department was looking to develop a doctoral program in aging, and I liked the idea of being part of a program that was developing and growing. I liked that there was an equal focus on teaching and research at UCCS.

What makes CU a great place to work?

The people.

My colleagues in the psychology department were a great group of people to work with; as I’ve moved into different positions on campus, I am finding that people all over campus are good to work with. They are collegial and there is a can-do attitude on campus about trying to get things done in a limited resource environment.

The students are also great to work with. They come from a variety of backgrounds and at different stages so helping them to meet their professional and academic goals is the highlight.

Do you have the opportunity to work with faculty from different departments?

As a quantitative psychologist, I was able to work with others as the statistical consultant and have done projects with people in different departments and in different agencies in the community. I was also involved in faculty governance, which allowed me to work with people across campus.

Now, as the Dean of the Graduate School and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Faculty Development, it is crucial that I work with all departments on campus in order to support faculty and graduate students in their work.

What makes CU faculty stand out against other universities?

UCCS faculty are balancing teaching and research and often take innovative approaches to their work. They are also highly engaged with students and with the community.

What is the best part of your workday?

When I was a faculty member, the best part was interacting with students. Now in my administrative roles, my favorite part is interacting with other staff when working on a project that can improve students’ or faculties’ work lives.

What makes CU students stand out against other universities?

UCCS students are diverse coming from all different walks of life including a large number of first-generation college students. I like being part of their academic lives as they develop their professional lives.

What activities are available for faculty to enjoy together outside of academics?

Most of my activities with faculty outside of work have to do with one-on-one activities – dinner, hiking, etc. – rather than group activities.

What do you enjoy most about living in Colorado?

Definitely the outdoors and all the sunshine.

What is your favorite campus/neighborhood location?

My favorite campus location is the Kramer Family Library in the tables with a view of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.

What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

I like cooking, reading and hiking.