Haley Bates is the Metalsmithing and Jewelry area coordinator, and teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate study within the concentration. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 1994, and went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002. In 2003, she accepted a position as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at Colorado State University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art. Through her work, she reinterprets common objects that often function as cultural signifiers or indicators, reflecting assumptions regarding class structures and social status. Her work has been published in American Craft and Metalsmith magazine, and exhibited both nationally and internationally.