Construction Management recognizes faculty and staff achievements and milestones

The Department of Construction Management celebrates the achievements and recognition of the following CM faculty and staff.


John Killingsworth

Assistant Professor John Killingsworth has been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor effective July 1. Killingsworth earned three degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, including a PhD in 2014. He spent 16 years in the construction industry before returning to academic life – at which point his focus was on developing himself as a leading research faculty. Upon graduation, John served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Stout and joined CSU in Fall 2016.  His research areas of focus include construction finance, architectural history and preservation, transformative and virtual learning theory, and workforce development and training in construction and manufactured construction.

Mike O'Reilly

Senior Instructor Mike O’Reilly has been granted promotion to Master Instructor effective July 1. O’Reilly’s commitment to construction education and his students is evident by his ability to create an environment that promotes learning. He has two over 40 years of industry experience and  and has served as a full-time CM faculty member since 2017 teaching construction management students some of, if not, the most technically challenging concepts in the program in the Structures I and Structures II courses.  He has been nominated by students and colleagues for several teaching awards and recognized with a total of eight awards from the CSU Alumni Association, College of Health and Human Sciences, Associated Schools of Construction, and CM students.

Department awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 CM Department Awards.

Outstanding Teaching:Nick Rubino
Nick Rubino
, Instructor
The Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding success in teaching. Metrics of teaching success include evaluations of teaching performance by faculty and students, curriculum development activities, student mentoring, awards and recognition by peers in the discipline.

Outstanding Research:Mohammed H. Mehany
Mohammed Hashem Mehany
, Associate Professor
The Research Award recognizes a faculty member for success in the development of a sustained research program. Metrics of research success include publications of scholarly work, research funding and graduate student support, awards and recognition by peers in the discipline.

Outstanding Service:
Jon Elliott
, Associate ProfessorJon Elliott
The Service Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding service to the academic and professional community.  Service activities include contributions to the administration of the university (department, college and campus), service to professional societies, review and editorial work for professional journals and conferences, and outreach to the community at large.

Outstanding Staff:Kristin Haller
Kristin Haller, Manager of Operations and Assistant to the
Department Head
The Staff Award recognizes a member of the CM staff for outstanding contributions to the operation of the department. The award winner is selected based on contributions in the previous calendar year.

Outstanding graduate student:
Manideep Tummalapudi, doctorate student from School of Education Ph.D. program in Education, Equity, and Transformation with a focus on Construction Management

Manideep TummalapudiThe outstanding graduate student award recognizes a graduate student for outstanding success in teaching and/or research.  The award winner is selected based on teaching and/or research performance in the previous calendar year. Metrics include publications of scholarly works, evaluations of teaching performance by faculty and students, and research and/or teaching awards.

ASC teaching award

Erin Arneson, Ph.D., received the Associated Schools of Construction Regional Teaching Award, which recognizes the faculty member’s contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, service to the ASC, and dedication to the construction profession.

Arneson has served as an assistant professor in the CM Program since Fall 2018.  She was the faculty coach for the 2021 ASC commercial construction student competition team that placed 3rd in the Region 6 competition. In 2020 she was recognized along with a co-author for Best Paper Award – runner-up for Proceedings of the 56th Annual ASC International Conference.

ASC is an organization of educators and industry practitioners working together for the development and advancement of construction education. It promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge; it inspires, guides, and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research, and service.

University service milestones

CM celebrates employees achieving milestone years of service this past 2021-2022 academic year, and thanks them for their commitment to the department and Colorado State University.

Becky Bell, Administrative Assistant II – 30 years
Mike O’Reilly, Senior Instructor – 20 years
Heather Rice, Business Officer – 10 years
John Killingsworth, Assistant Professor – 5 years

Becky BellMike O'ReillyHeather RiceJohn Killingsworth

The Department of Construction Management is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.