Dr. Bonnie Skinner Titley accrued more than 35 years of experience in academia prior to her well-deserved retirement in 1996. Having spent over three decades with Colorado State University, she was an assistant professor in the School of Occupational and Educational Studies from 1995 until attaining emeritus status in 1996. Earlier in her career, Dr. Titley first served Colorado State University as an instructor of English from 1962 to 1970, assistant chair of the English department from 1968 to 1970 and director of academic advising from 1970 to 1987. Furthermore, she excelled as an administrator in the College of Applied Human Sciences from 1988 to 1996, as well as the assistant to the dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences and coordinator for the Institute for Health and Human Services. At the inception of her career in 1960, Dr. Titley flourished as an administrative secretary for the director of admissions at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Titley possesses expertise in a multitude of areas, such as English composition and literature, Greek classics, advising and scholastic standards. Demonstrating versatility in her field, she has lent her expertise to the written word, having authored myriad articles in professional journals and served as an associate editor for student development reports. Additionally, she is a past editor of the College of Applied Human Sciences annual report for Colorado State University and served as an editor for the NACADA Journal.
Outside of the university, Dr. Titley was a guest lecturer at various other colleges and taught at professional development seminars and workshops. She also served as a consultant for two- and four-year schools, sat on several committees and advisory boards, and lent her time as a private tutor in composition, literature and grammar. She obtained a commercial pilot’s license at the age of 40 and has since leveraged her expertise to serve as a ground school instructor at Colorado State University for ROTC Air Force and Army cadets. For her efforts, she was honored with the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army in 1992.
Dr. Titley pursued an education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature in 1959 on a Boettcher Foundation scholarship. She continued her studies at the university, receiving a Master of Arts in English language and literature in 1962. During this time, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1959, and was instrumental in establishing the Colorado State University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She later served the chapter as secretary, vice president, president, screening officer and historian. While progressing forward in her career, Dr. Titley continued her edification and received a Doctor of Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976.
Civically engaged as well, Dr. Titley maintains active involvement in the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, where she has been a member since 1988. During this tenure, she also sat on the board of directors, served as the first female president and, in 2019, endowed the Wesley Award for PhD candidates in counseling psychology. Previously maintaining membership with the Fort Collins Symphony, Designing Tomorrow Today, TEAM Fort Collins and the Community Airpark, she is a former sustaining member and secretary of the board of directors for Character Fort Collins. Since 2011, she has excelled as the chair of the board of directors for the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.