As professors leave, University of Denver confronts a campus diversity challenge

Three mention a lack of resources, an overwhelming workload and challenges facing DU’s students of color in calling it quits.

Three professors of color in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology will not return this fall — decisions that are having a ripple effect, as the dean of the department figures out how to cover their courses and solve the problems that made them want to leave.

Tenured professor Terri M. Davis, 54, who is Black, and who directed the Doctorate in Psychology program in the graduate school (GSPP) for eight years, resigned last fall, effective this August, and has not announced where she will be going.

Davis said her reasons for leaving pertained to workload and lack of leadership opportunities.

I am the program director. I am also tenured. However, the administrative demands have precluded my being able to really focus and delve into research, which is one of the reasons why I am leaving,” Davis said.

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