Gina Thorne

Gina Thorne


(719) 502-3219 |

Box R16, Rampart Range | E-213l


Gina Thorne
M.A., University of Wyoming
M.P.A., Univeristy of Colorado

I have earned two Master of Arts degrees, one in Public Administration and another in Sociology, finishing with “Top Graduate Student” honors in the former. I have been teaching introductory, advanced and graduate level Sociology and Public Administration courses since 1999 and have served at the following local institutions: Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak State College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado State University at Pueblo. I currently serve as the Department Chair of Sociology and Coordinator of our PAGE program (overseeing advancement opportunities for part-time instructors).

As a member of various college-level teams at Pikes Peak State College, I helped steer the process of instituting and assessing our first ever general education outcomes as well as High Impact Teaching Practices and have previously served as both a department and state level discipline chair. I have specific academic training in program assessment, including training with both the American Evaluation Association and Association of Institutional Research. I have also researched and written multiple academic department and college-level program assessment reports.


Professional Experience

Jan 2002 to present: Professor, Department Chair, PAGE Coordinator, Service-Learning Specialist and College Outcomes Assessment Team member; Business, Public Service and Social Sciences and Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Pikes Peak State College, Colorado Springs and CCCOnline, Aurora. Responsibilities: Supervise up to ten faculty and oversee departmental level programming, scheduling, budgeting and assessment, including concurrent enrollment; develop and teach introductory Sociology courses (online/traditional); advise students of varying backgrounds and educational levels aspiring to a range of personal and career goals; facilitate and coordinate a variety of department and college-wide service-learning, assessment and re-accreditation projects.

Aug 2013 to Aug 2019: Sociology State Discipline Chair, Colorado Community College System, Aurora. Responsibilities: Elected by peers to represent more than 20 permanent faculty from across the state, conducted discipline meetings and coordinated curriculum, including the introduction of new courses and updating course descriptions, outcomes and outlines for all existing courses.

Mar 2007 to Aug 2012: Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Division, Colorado State University-Pueblo in Colorado Springs and School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Responsibilities: Developed and taught upper division and graduate level courses.

Feb 2006 to Jan 2007: Personnel Research Psychologist, Division of Plans and Programs, United States Air Force Academy. Responsibilities: Led program evaluation efforts on the effectiveness of leadership and character development programs; assessed climate issues; developed and administered surveys; used a variety of quantitative and qualitative software programs to analyze results; briefed senior leaders; made recommendations based on research results.

Jan to May 2003: Independent consultant for School Districts 2, 11, 20, and 38, Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs. Responsibilities: Gathered observational data on a rigorous protocol designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the STEP-UP science program teacher training and curriculum implementation.

Dec 1998 to July 2003: Captain, Assistant Professor, Program Evaluator, Course Director and Personnel Officer, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Air Force Academy. Responsibilities: Developed and taught behavioral sciences courses; led program evaluations and reviews on the effectiveness and history of academic, leadership and character development programs; served as lead instructor for a required “Leadership” course with oversight of 12 other instructors; served as Officer-in-Charge of the Leadership Reaction Course with oversight of 27 Air Force Reserve and cadet personnel; managed personnel acquisition and manpower issues.

Honors & Awards

-“Student of the Year” Top Graduate Honors, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2004)

-Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster (1996, 2002)

-“Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” Recognition, University of Wyoming (1998-1999)

-Full scholarship from the United States Air Force for graduate studies in Sociology (1997)

-Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award, highest award for Quality Improvement efforts in the Air Force (1997)

-Distinguished Graduate, Basic Officers Course, Security Police Academy (1996)

-Distinguished Graduate, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL (1996)

Classes Taught

Introduction to Sociology I/II, Family, Deviant Behavior, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Social Problems


- Cooney, Richard T., Gina D. Swanson (Thorne), and David R. Segal. 2003. “Sociology at the U.S. Air Force Academy.” Paper presented at 2003 Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society.
Cooney, Richard T., Gina D. Swanson (Thorne), and David R. Segal. 2002. “Sociology at the U.S. Air Force Academy.” Paper presented at International Sociological Association’s 15th World Congress of Sociology in Australia.
- Swanson (Thorne), Gina D. 2002. “Technical Report on a Program Evaluation of the Cadet Leadership Enrichment Seminar”, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Air Force Academy. Conducted secondary research into theories and issues of effective leadership training and designed questionnaires, developed a logic model and collected data on reactionary and learning objectives of the program.

-“Annual Graduate Survey” and “Organizational climate survey,” 2001-2002. Data collection, analysis, interpretation and briefing of annual surveys to Air Force Academy leadership, United States Air Force Academy.

-Swanson (Thorne), Gina D. 2000. “The Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills,” Presentation to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership faculty, United States Air Force Academy.

- Swanson (Thorne), Gina D. 1998. “Female Genital Circumcision—Cultural Relevance,” Featured presenter at annual University conference “Looking toward the Millennium,” University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

Research Interests

Religion, Institutions, Program Evaluation/Assessment, Organizational Analysis