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Elizabeth Hirsh

 Elizabeth M. Hirsh
Professor of Anthropology

Elizabeth Hirsh received her M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University and her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Georgia. She joined the faculty at the Community College of Aurora as an adjunct instructor in 2004 and became full-time faculty in 2008.  Elizabeth now coordinates Anthropology for CCA. She has received a broad training in Anthropology, having conducted behavioral and cognitive studies with primates at the University of Georgia and archaeological fieldwork in Koobi Fora, Kenya, a major region for paleoanthropological research.  Her academic interests include osteology, zooarchaeology, human origins, and primatology. Elizabeth currently teaches Indians of North America, Biological Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology.

Geoff Hunt

Geoff Hunt, Ph.D.
Professor of History

Dr. Hunt earned his B.A. in History at the University of Wyoming in 1972, M.A. in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Programs (SUNY-Oneonta) in 1984, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1997.  He is a military historian and an avid Civil War re-enactor.  Dr. Hunt has worked in museums for twenty years, and he's taught at the Community College of Aurora since 1995.  He and his spouse Rebecca (she teaches history at CU-Denver) share a hundred-year-old house, three kids and seven grandkids, and assorted cats.

Tanya Cook

Bobby Pace
Chair of Social Sciences/Professor of Political Science

Bobby Pace has been working with students at the Community College of Aurora since 2008.  His fields of study include international relations, political theory and a concentration on human rights with his current research focusing on the political uses of martyrdom spectacles among fundamentalist movements.  Before teaching at CCA, Bobby also served as Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Denver and Virginia Tech.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters of Arts from Virginia Tech and is currently finishing his Doctor of Philosophy from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  In addition to his teaching duties, Bobby also serves as the faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Pi Pi chapter here at CCA.

David Spiegel David Spiegel
Professor of Philosophy

A longstanding faculty member since 1998, Spiegel serves as the lead in the area of Philosophy. He provides administrative oversight of the department as well as supervises part-time instructors. He also teaches courses such as Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics. Spiegel’s first priority is to design his Philosophy courses so that they are interesting, informative and well organized. This priority has been recognized previously with the Bowman faculty endowment award, which recognizes CCA faculty making a significant difference for their students. Prior to joining CCA, Spiegel worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a chapter coordinator of Campus Ambassadors, with a stint hosting a radio show devoted to philosophy and current events.  Then, he moved to Denver, and started a house painting business in the metro area. He holds a bachelor’s in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and two master’s degrees from Denver Seminary, the latest in Philosophy of Religion, with honors.

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of History

Hired to teach full-time beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, Williams leads classes covering 20th century world history and early American history. He comes to CCA after teaching for one year at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Williams also had nearly five years of classroom experience as part of the doctoral program at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V., with 20th century social and labor history in the United States, 19th century U.S. history, world history, and education comprising his advanced degree. He holds a master’s in American History from James Madison, as well as a bachelor’s in History and Adolescent Education at the State University of New York-Cortland. Williams’ experience includes time as an AP History instructor at Culpepper County (Va.) High School.

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