Faculty Support Specialist
Lawyering Process Program Coordinator
Kiersten Hillkirk is a Faculty Support Specialist and the Program Coordinator for the Lawyering Process. She is also a M.A. student in the higher education program at the University of Denver. Her research interests focus on finding ways for higher education institutions to improve their retention rates for first-generation college students. Kiersten believes that when critical pedagogies are implemented into a higher education classroom setting, this can have a profound impact on student engagement and learning.
Prior to moving to Denver to pursue graduate school, she was a secondary school educator for 12 years in California. She is a bilingual professional, and her cross-cultural experiences in Thailand, Costa Rica and Spain prepared her well for her teaching career in a diverse and highly-charged community. Kiersten’s decision to move from working in a secondary to a postsecondary school setting commenced when she continuously saw a need for stronger collaboration between K-12 and higher education in order to improve teaching and learning. In her current role as a Faculty Support Specialist, she looks forward to collaborating with the Sturm College of Law faculty to ensure the academic success of their students.
B.A. Wittenberg University
M.A.T. Southern Illinois University
M.A. (Candidate) University of Denver