Cecilia M. Orphan is an assistant professor of higher education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her research centers on the effects of neoliberal public policy on public colleges and universities; the role of regional comprehensive universities in promoting educational opportunity and regional civic life; and organizational change and the failure of organizational change in colleges and universities. Dr. Orphan teaches courses on public policy, organizational theory, social and political theory, and academic governance. Dr. Orphan is currently leading the Collective Impact Project described below.
Leading Collective Impact: Measuring and Advancing Higher Education?s Contributions to Civic Health in Colorado.
University of Denver Public Good Grant (2016): $15,000 grant sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver to fund a community-based research project that adapts the National Civic Health Index for Colorado college campuses to assess the effects of community/university engagement on regional civic health.