Denise D., ND

Dean of Teaching and Learning


Phone: 503-251-2800

Dr. Denise D. is a higher education administrator passionate about helping students, faculty and institutions achieve their highest potential. Her experience ranges the full continuum from teaching in the classroom to execution of institutional strategic plans.

Dr. D. holds a doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University (PSU).

Prior to her current position with UWS, Dr. D. served as the academic dean and chief academic officer for the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She also served as director of curriculum and faculty development for NUNM, where she enabled the college to become a university by developing and launching two undergraduate degree programs. Dr. D. also founded the NUNM Center for Teaching and Learning where she supported more than 200 full-time and adjunct faculty with their teaching and professional development.

During her free time, Dr. D. enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, and being outdoors hiking, swimming or playing tennis.