The Standing Committee includes the following representation:

Ellen Fisher

Standing Committee Chair
Professor, Chemistry


Ellen R. Fisher is a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) and the Senior Faculty Advisor to the Vice President for Research.  She received a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Texas Lutheran College in 1986 (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Utah in 1991, where she performed research on ion-molecule chemistry related to semiconductor manufacturing.  After a postdoctoral appointment at Sandia National Labs, she joined CSU in 1993.  Prof. Fisher has published over 145 peer-reviewed articles that span diverse topics in plasma chemistry, optical diagnostics and laser spectroscopy, biomaterials, sensors, environmental chemistry, chemistry education, and responsible conduct of research.  She has graduated 18 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. students (~60% women) and has mentored over 40 undergraduate research students (>50% women, ~15% underrepresented minorities).  She was an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar and is the recipient of 2 mentoring awards from CSU as well as the Hazelus Award.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Vacuum Society (AVS); she has served on editorial boards of several technical journals, is an Executive Editor of ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, and an AVS Director.  The CSU College of Natural Sciences named her Professor Laureate in 2009 and in 2010 she received the University’s highest award for research productivity, the Scholarship Impact Award.

College of Agricultural Sciences Representative

Ruth Hufbauer

Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (on Sabbatical)


Ruth Hufbauer received her PhD. in Entomology from Cornell University, and is a Professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on biological invasions, range expansions, and biological control, with a focus on the role of rapid evolution in driving ecological dynamics in population size of pest and beneficial species. She was a Fulbright Scholar in France in 2009-2010, and a Senior Visiting Scientist with Agropolis International in 2016-2017. She has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles. She teaches undergraduate ecology, and works to engage students and create an active learning environment. She teaches at the graduate level as well, and including a graduate seminar on Women in Science, focused on a deep reading of the primary literature. She received the Shepardson/NACTA Meritorious Teaching Award in 2015. She is a fellow of the first cohort of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence organized by the Office of the Vice President of Diversity and The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

Cynthia Brown

Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (Sabbatical Sub)

College of Business Representative

Chris Henle

Associate Professor, Department of Management


Dr. Chris Henle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at Colorado State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. She teaches courses in human resource management and does research in the areas of counterproductive work behaviors (e.g., resume fraud, abusive supervision) and employment discrimination (including discrimination against job applicants based on their status as a caregiver for young children and/or elderly relatives). Her work has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. As a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, she has assisted with initiatives regarding faculty parental leave, workplace bullying, and campus climate.

College of Engineering Representative

Tammy Haut Donahue

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue joined the faculty at Colorado State University (CSU) in December of 2011. She came to CSU after spending eleven years in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Her Ph.D. was in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at Davis where she earned the Allen Marr Award for distinguished dissertation in Biomedical Engineering in 2000. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and an Editorial Consultant for the Journal of Biomechanics. She is Chair of the Orthopaedic Research Society Meniscus Section, and is a member of the Bioengineering Executive Committee for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Haut Donahue’s research includes analytical and experimental biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system with ongoing research in orthopedic biomechanics and post-traumatic osteoarthritis.  An emphasis is put on prevention, treatment, and repair of injuries to the soft tissue structures of the knee, focusing primarily on the meniscus. With over $15 million in funding from Whitaker Foundation, DOD-CDMRP, NIH, NSF, as well as industrial sponsorship her research program has had more than 60 mentees and has national collaborations with Michigan State and Mayo Clinic as well as international collaborations with Trinity College Dublin and Queens University Belfast. Dr. Haut Donahue has more than 65 peer-reviewed publications and is current Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies for the Mechanical Engineering Department at CSU.  Dr. Haut Donahue was awarded the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnson Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society of Engineering Education for exceptional contributions to mechanics education. Dr. Haut Donahue is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

College of Health and Human Sciences Representative

Roe Bubar

Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies and School of Education

College of Liberal Arts Representative

Lisa Langstraat

Associate Professor, Department of English (on sabbatical)

Mica Glantz

Professor, Department of Anthropology (sabbatical sub for Lisa Langstratt)

Dr. Mica Glantz received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University and Director of the Human Origins Laboratory. Dr. Glantz is a paleoanthropologist who specializes in Neanderthal paleobiology and paleogeography. Her research has focused on hominin dental and craniofacial morphology as well as Paleolithic archaeology in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2007-08 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Currently, she is collaborating on a multi-disciplinary project the goals of which are to establish a chronological framework for Central Asian Paleolithic sites, survey for new sites, and test ecological models used to explain hominin landscape exploitation strategies during periods of climatic deterioration in Uzbekistan. Dr. Glantz has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Human Evolution, Nature, Antiquity, and theJournal of Biogeography.

Warner College of Natural Resources Representative

Monique Rocca

Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

College of Natural Sciences Representative

Jennifer Nyborg

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jennifer Nyborg earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside in 1986, and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1990 she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences; the first woman faculty member hired by the Department.

Professor Nyborg directed a vibrant research program focused on the regulation of gene expression in mammalian cells. As principle Investigator, she was awarded numerous major grants totaling nearly $20,000,000. Awards included multi-investigator grants from the W.M Keck Foundation and an NIH Program Project (P01) grant, together with numerous individual NIH research and training grants.  She trained a total of 25 graduate students, of which 19 were women and 2 were Hispanic. Professor Nyborg also trained innumerable postdoctoral fellows, the majority were women and/or underrepresented minorities. She was named the first female Professor Laureate, a prestigious honor conferred by the College of Natural Sciences.

Teaching responsibilities include a graduate-level grant writing course and a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Professor Nyborg also teaches Biochemistry of Human Disease to undergraduates and has mentored over 50 undergraduates in independent study projects in the laboratory. She received awards for both outstanding graduate mentoring and teaching, and outstanding undergraduate mentoring. She remains intensively involved in service to the academy. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the University.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Representative

Erica Suchman

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Erica Suchman received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, at Colorado State University (CSU). She researches the effectiveness of active learning strategies in large lecture courses, and she has most recently developed an innovative course introducing freshmen to authentic research experiences. She served as Chair of the Committee on Technology Enhanced Education and Editor-in-Chief of the ASM’s peer reviewed education resource, MicrobeLibrary, for 9 years, and is currently  a member of the International Education committee and was a member of the Education Board of ASM. In 2014, she was honored with the prestigious Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. She also received Best Teacher Award at CSU and was named as a CSU Distinguished Teaching Scholar; this prestigious distinction is a lifetime appointment held by only 12 faculty members at a time. She also serves as the CSU Master Teacher Initiative Coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

University Library Representative

Louise Feldmann

Associate Professor, University Library


Louise Feldmann is an associate professor at Colorado State University Libraries where she is the Coordinator of the College Liaisons Unit and Business Librarian.  She has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Davis. As Coordinator of the College Liaisons Unit she oversees the work of the social sciences and humanities librarians who are engaged with outreach to the campus community. She also provides library instruction and reference to the College of Business and to other business researchers on campus and assists in managing Morgan Library’s business and economics collections.  Her research focuses primarily on all aspects of business and liaison librarianship and she has been published in College & Research Libraries, Reference Services Review, Library Management, Information Technology and Libraries, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and The Charleston Advisor.  Additionally, she is a peer-reviewer for College & Research Libraries and a book reviewer for Library Journal.  In 2009, she received CSU Libraries Faculty Award for Excellence and in 2012 she received the Emerald Business Research Grant Award to investigate academic librarians’ assistance to local entrepreneurs.  She is very active with the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association and is currently chair of the Business Reference and Services Section.

Non-Tenure Track Representative

Jen Krafchick

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies


Jen Krafchick, Ph.D., CFLE is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and has served on the Honors Faculty since 2008.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women’s Studies and currently serves on the President Frank’s Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty.  In the honors program Dr. Krafchick teaches courses on sexuality and gender related topics.  She also co-directs the CSU Campus Corps Therapeutic Mentoring Program , coordinates the HDFS Internship program, and teaches numerous other courses related to families and relationships.  She currently conducts research on mentoring, at-risk youth, and service-learning.

Prior to her current positions at CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as the Assistant Director at Women’s Programs & Studies (now the Women and Gender Advocacy Center) providing support and advocacy services to members of the campus community impacted by interpersonal violence and operated a private practice as an individual, couple, and family therapist. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands from 1996-1998.  Dr. Krafchick received the Honors Prof Award in 2010 and the Alumni Associations Best Teacher Award in 2011

At Large Members

Paul Doherty

Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology


Paul Doherty is a faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

Alex Bernasek

Professor, Department of Economics


Dr. Alexandra Bernasek has been a professor in the economics department at Colorado State University since 1992. On July 1, 2016 she took on the position of interim department chair. She grew up in Australia and earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Sydney. She went on to earn her MA and PhD degrees in economics at the University of Michigan. Throughout her time at CSU she has taught a wide variety of classes including microeconomics, gender in the economy, economic development and the history of economic thought. Her research focus has been the study of gender issues in economics from a feminist perspective. She has published on topics including gender and development, gender and household decision making, gender, risk taking and financial decision making, gender and retirement, and gender and entrepreneurship. She is a frequent guest speaker on campus and in the community of topics such as the minimum wage, pay equity, single payer health insurance, microcredit, student loan debt, and the economic status of women and girls. She is a recipient of the Hazaleus Award at CSU, given to individuals who have “served to enhance the environment for women on campus and professionally, served as a role model for women, and/or contributed to our understanding and knowledge about women and girls in society.” In addition to being a faculty member at CSU Alex has served as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, Associate Provost for Special Projects, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Economics. She has also served as Faculty Representative on the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

Sue James

Chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Susan James joined the Colorado State University (CSU) Mechanical Engineering faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor — she was the first female faculty member in the 125 year-old department.  Dr. James is now the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at CSU, and was the founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Polymers from MIT and her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon.

Professor James’ research focuses on polymeric materials used in biomedical engineering. These include orthopedic and cardiovascular applications as well as regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. She and her students invented the BioPoly® materials, now in clinical use in partial resurfacing knee implants (  Much of her current work is on hyaluronan-enhanced plastics, which do not cause blood clotting and platelet activation like most synthetic plastics.  In collaboration with several faculty, students and researchers, she is working on developing hyaluronan-enhanced flexible leaflets for heart valve prostheses.  Her group is also researching new materials for small diameter vascular grafts.

Dr. James is committed to giving back and has been involved with many organizations over the years including Africa Higher Education Partnerships (AAHEP), Women and Minorities in Engineering Program (WMEP), and SWE.  She has also performed countless outreach programs for young girls to get them interested in engineering careers.  Dr. James was awarded the prestigious Margaret Hazaleus award this year for her strong commitment to mentoring and helping women.

Zinta Byrne

Vice Chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity
Professor, Department of Psychology

Zinta Byrne is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology, in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU in 2002, Dr. Byrne worked as the Western Regional Director and Sr. Consultant for Personnel Decisions International, a Management Consulting firm based in Minneapolis. Armed with a dual major bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics before earning her PhD in IO Psychology, she was employed at Hewlett-Packard Company in the Silicon Valley, in a variety of roles in Research & Development including Technical Marketing Manager, Technical Architect, Program Manager, Operating System Software Design & Development Engineer. Since becoming a CSU faculty member, Dr. Byrne has applied her expertise and research in employee engagement and organizational culture to help many organizations, including CSU, as well as foster local relationships such as with the City of Fort Collins and UC Health, and long-distance ones such as with Saratov State University in Saratov, Russia. Dr. Byrne teaches and mentors both undergraduate (over 50 since 2003) and graduate students (completed 16 Master’s and 13 PhDs since 2004). Her research has been funded by private organizations and NSF, as a CO-PI on grants in Computer Science and in Engineering. Lastly, Dr. Byrne is author of “Understanding Employee Engagement: Theory, Research, and Practice” (2014), “Organizational Psychology & Behavior: An Integrated Approach to Understanding the Workplace” (2015), and co-editor of “Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace” (2013).

Ashok Prasad

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ashok Prasad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  He has had a somewhat unusual career path. After graduating with a MA in Economics, he taught Economics as a lecturer in a college of Delhi University, India for 14 years. However a childhood dream of becoming a scientist never quite left him, and he finally decided to quit his tenured job and leave the country to do a PhD in physics. He joined Brandeis University in 2001 for a PhD in physics at the age of 37.  While at Brandeis he fell in love with biology and after his PhD he entered the field of computational and systems biology as a postdoc at MIT.  He joined Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in 2009. His research interests are diverse, and his group currently studies the determination of cell shape, the theoretical properties of signaling and gene transcription networks, helps develop synthetic biology, looks for signatures of drug susceptibility in gene expression of cancer cells using machine learning approaches and does genome scale metabolic modeling. Apart from his research interests, he continues to be a student of economics and society in general, and is especially interested in human rights issues and gender issues in India and the US.


Diana Prieto

Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Human Resource Services


Diana Prieto is the Executive Director for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Chief Human Resource Officer. Prior to this appointment in January of 2104, she was the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Colorado State University. Before joining Colorado State University in July 2010, Ms. Prieto was the director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue University. Ms. Prieto obtained her law degree from the Tulane University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish Literature from Smith College.

Caridad Souza

Director and Assistant Professor, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and Department of Ethnic Studies


Dr. Caridad Souza is the director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary race & ethnic relations and theories, poverty, multiracial and decolonial feminisms, and critical ethnography. Caridad has written about teenage pregnancy, work, gender and households, Latina sexualities, and feminist pedagogies. More recently, her intellectual interests involve well-being and inequality, and she trains this fall in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to use in her work.  She is fascinated with the concept of Social Healing towards a more equitable, just, and free society.

Cori Wong

Director, President’s Women and Gender Intitiatives
Instructor, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research/Ethnic Studies


Dr. Cori Wong is Special Assistant to the President of Colorado State University, Director of the Women and Gender Collaborative, and Special Instructor in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Dr. Wong earned a dual-title Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University after graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University. With a passion for teaching, learning, and approaching education as a practice of freedom, Dr. Wong empowers others to think through everyday life experiences to realize personal transformation and greater social justice. Committed to engaging diverse audiences on issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, inequity, injustice, and political resistance, Dr. Wong strives to showcase how critical reflection and genuine dialogue can be as fun and exciting as they are important and challenging.

In addition to supporting campus-wide research, outreach, and advocacy efforts related to women and gender, Dr. Wong teaches Women’s Studies courses on contemporary feminist theory and feminist friendship as a form of feminist practice.