B.A. Wittenberg University
M.A.T. Southern Illinois University
M.A. (Candidate) University of Denver
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.