Professional Bio


  • Ed.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • M.S., Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
  • B.S., Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Academic & Professional Experience


  • Chair, Professor, MA Program, Department of Innovative Studies, Regis University
  • Chair, Associate Professor Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Regis University
  • Director, Southern Colorado Graduate Programs, Regis University
  • Associate Vice President  of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, Western State College, Gunnison, CO
  • Associate Professor of Education, Western State College, Gunnison, CO
  • Superintendent of Schools, Montrose, CO
  • Superintendent of Schools, Telluride, CO
  • Assistant Superintendent, Harrison School District #2, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Elementary School Principal, Brighton, CO
  • Elementary School Principal, Hays, KS
  • Elementary School Teacher, Hays, KS
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Research & Scholarship

Research Projects/Academic Studies


"The Relationship of Selected Features and Attitudes of the Negotiation Group to Negotiation Effectiveness.  "Unpublished Dissertation (in Dissertation Abstracts, 1976).  University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Research Oversight: I supervise an average of 25 Masters level research projects annually.  The projects have been in a variety of disciplines, including adult learning, higher education, communication, psychology, corporate training and other related fields.

Research in progress: 
Collins, Robert D. (2010) “Goal setting behaviors of Adult Graduate Students”.  Unpublished research manuscript, Regis University, Denver, CO

Collins, Robert D., Coddington, Jill, Williams Dorothy. (2013) “The Relationship of Goal Setting to Persistence.  Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education, 2013. 
Collins, Robert D. (2007) “Individualized Graduate Study”, Council for Accelerated Programs Network News,

Other Academic Activities:

  • Attended conferences and conventions of Colorado Association of School Executives, Phi Delta Kappa, and American Association of School Administrators.
  • Presentation at Colorado School Boards Association 1980. “Strike Prevention Strategies”
  • Paper presented at Council of Accelerated Programs (CAP) national conference in Boston, November, 2006. INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED GRADUATE STUDY:  A HYBRID ACCLERATED PROGRAM

Awards & Recognition

  • Excellence in Teaching award, Regis University
  • Promoted to Full Professor,  2006, Regis University

Community Involvement & Service

  • Honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society, (Dec. 2005)
  • Volunteer at Stratton Meadows Elementary School, Colorado
  • Springs, Colorado (1993 to 2007)
  • Served as Graduate Advisor for Alpha Sigma Nu, National
  • Jesuit Honor Society (1999 to Present)   
  • Member Phi Delta Kappa since 1967.  Biannual Council delegate
  • Member Colorado Association of School Executives (1976-93)
  • Member American Association of School Administrators (1977- 1980) (1986-93)
  • Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (1986-93)
  • Member Optimist Club (1969-77) Held all local offices and Lt. Governor in Colorado.
  • Member Rotary Club (1978-86)
  • Member of Education Committee, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (1993-95).
  • Chair of North Central Association visiting resource teams for the following Colorado schools:   Grand Junction High School, Eagle Valley High School, Paonia High School, Montrose High School, and Rye High School (1977-92)