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).

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

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)

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

Christine Olver

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

University Library Representative

Rob Sica

Assistant Professor, University Library

Non-Tenure Track Representative

Denise Apodaca

Instructor, School of Music, Theatre and Dance


Denise Apodaca received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a minor in Spanish. She later received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and a second Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She graduated with honors from both universities.

She has been on the teaching faculties of The Chicago Academy for the Arts where she was Director of Instrumental Studies, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, De Paul University, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Front Range Community College. She served as a Board member for Beet Street in Fort Collins, Colo. She founded and directed the Chicago Young Instrumentalist Program, served on the Leadership Council, was Director of Early Childhood Programs, director of Class Piano, chair of Group Instruction and chair of the Piano Dept. at Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Ill. She served as district coordinator for the California Association for Professional Music Teachers. Denise has performed through-out the United States as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Demonstrating her expertise of Latin American music, she has given several concerts in Mexico. She has been an adjudicator for several area music teachers associations and has given several workshops on piano technology, piano pedagogy, piano performance, and early childhood music. She serves on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and was the Spanish community health educator at Poudre Valley Hospital for Bright Beginnings, Colorado in Larimer County for over five years.

Denise is currently Piano Proficiency coordinator at Colorado State University where she also serves on several committees and has received the following awards.

At Large Members

Sheryl Magzamen

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Constance DeVereaux

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History

Dr. Constance DeVereaux is an Associate Professor and Director for LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy and in political science at Claremont Graduate University, and holds an MA in Philosophy (Claremont Graduate University) and an MFA in Fiction (Antioch University, Los Angeles). Her research specialties are in cultural policy with an emphasis on cultural citizenship and culturally sustainable entrepreneurship. She also does research on cultural management issues in for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.

Dr. DeVereaux has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Romania, South Africa, and Finland and is the recipient of an Erasmus Plus grant to Romania. Her creative work includes freelance feature reporting for NPR-affiliated radio outlets, for which she earned a National Headliner’s Award (2013). Her interest in women’s issues stems, in particular, from the underrepresentation of women in top management positions in arts and cultural institutions and in higher education.

Mica Glantz

Professor, Department of Anthropology

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.

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).

Leif Sorensen

Associate Professor, Department of English

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.