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Faculty: Diane Mitsch Bush, PhD

Department: Social Sciences

Office Location: Bristol Hall 313
Office Hours Fall 2004:

  • Monday: 11:00 to 12:30;
  • Tuesday: 3:30 to 5:30;
  • Wednesday: 11:30 to noon;
  • And by appointment at other days and times convenient to us both. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions.

Contact Information: 970-870-4484,


Diane Bush
Teaching is an interaction: a collaboration between the professor and students.


Hobbies: Skiing on and off-piste, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, and politics.

Classes and Syllabi:Icefields

Research Interests: How do citizens in mountain resort towns and counties collaborate to engage in partnerships and place based movements to deal with growth issues and loss of agriculture lands, wildlife habitat and open lands? How do rapidly growing mountain resort towns retain sense of community and small town character?

Published Works: A variety of articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals such as The American Sociological Review, Social Problems Public Opinion Quarterly, and Gender & Society.

Education: B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1975. PhD., Sociology, 1979.

Previous Teaching Experience: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1978-1982; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University, 1982-1985; Tenured Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University, 1985-1993; Associate Professor of Social Sciences, CMC, 1993-1995; Professor of Social Sciences, CMC, 1995-present.

Awards: Full-Time Faculty of the Year, Alpine Campus, CMC, 1997 and 1998; Full Time Faculty of the Year, College Wide, CMC 1998. Honor Faculty Award for Teaching and Research at Colorado State University, given by the CSU Alumni Associati 1986.

Service: Reviewer for Society and Natural Resources; Reviewer for USDA Rural Development Grants; Reviewer for Rural Sociology; Vice-Chair, Routt County Planning Commission; Member, Bud Werner Memorial Library Blue Ribbon Commission.

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