The Standing Committee includes the following representation:
Standing Committee Co-Chair
Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
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).
Standing Committee Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
College of Agricultural Sciences Representative
College of Business Representative
Associate Professor, Department of Management
College of Engineering Representative
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering
Dr. Erika Miller received her B.S. from Oregon State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, in Civil Engineering. She is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on modeling human behavior and cognitive workload over time to evaluate the interactions between humans and machines, with an emphasis on developing appropriate trust and maintaining situational awareness of human operators with autonomous systems. Her research is primarily applied to the transportation domain; with a current focus of integrating smart technology (e.g., connected vehicles, connected infrastructure, autonomous vehicles) into the transportation system while facilitating safety for all users (e.g., automated, non-automated, motorized, non-motorized).
College of Health and Human Sciences Representative
Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies and School of Education
College of Liberal Arts Representative
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Katie McShane is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After a year as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University before coming to Colorado State University in 2008. Her research interests are primarily in environmental ethics and ethical theory. She has written articles on ecosystem health, the place of environmental concerns in theories of value, and the moral significance of our emotional engagements with nature. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses on ethics, environmental philosophy, feminist philosophy, and normative ethical theory.
Warner College of Natural Resources Representative
College of Natural Sciences Representative
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
Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Christine Olver received her DVM, PhD, and Veterinary Clinical Pathology Board Certification from The Ohio State University. She is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University. She teaches students in all four years of the DVM program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, with an emphasis in hematology, acid base homeostasis, and coagulation. Her research interests include iron metabolism, malaria pathogenesis, and the effects of viper venom on coagulation. She was a Fulbright Scholar in France in 2010, where she studies the end stages of red blood cell formation. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. As part of her appointment at CSU, she spends 30% of her time in the clinical laboratory, offering pathology expertise for clinical patients and outside referral hospitals. She received the Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award for veterinary professors, an award given to educators in recognition of their character and leadership qualities as well as their outstanding teaching abilities in 2017. She is a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. She is currently the chair of the mentoring subcommittee of the SCSWF, and oversees the implementation of ENCIRCLE, a women’s mentoring program at CSU.
University Library Representative
Assistant Professor, University Library
Non-Tenure Track Representative
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Dr. Noa Roman-Muniz is an Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences. Her research focuses on the intersection between animal and human wellbeing and productivity on dairy operations. Roman-Muniz completed a pre-veterinary program at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez in 1997. She earned her DVM from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001 and her MS in Clinical Sciences from Colorado State University in 2004.
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.
Co-Chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity
Assistant Professor, Libraries
Mexican. Pronouns: She/her(s). Born in Mexico City. Raised in Chicago and Mexico City. Mother of a Latino boy. Completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver in 2013. Presently, a College Liaison Librarian/Assistant Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), where she is a subject area specialist in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, and serves special populations, such as international, underrepresented, and underserved students. She is a third year student at CSU in the Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies/Organizational Learning, Performance and Change program. Her research interests include comparative and international librarianship, library services for international students, underserved and underrepresented students, and librarian of color upward mobility in the workplace. In pursuit of her devotion to social justice, she has served as a Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fort Collins and as a Chair of the Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network on her campus. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the President’s Commission for Women and Gender Equity and as Member of the President’s Commission for Diversity and Inclusion.
Silvia Sara Canetto
Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Professor, Department of English (on sabbatical)
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science and Graduate Program in Public Health (substitute for at-large member, Spring 2019)
Dr. Chrissy Chard is an assistant professor in the department of Health and Exercise Science, and the Graduate Program in Public Health. Her research focuses on physical activity, self-esteem and body image in adolescent girls, as well as tailoring programming using Community-based Participatory Research. She teaches courses including Applied Behavior Change Theory, Physical Activity in Public Health and Health Promotion Programming. She also co-founded and runs a non-profit organization for middle school students called Smart Fit Girls. Originally from Denver, she has many years of experience in health behavior change and wellness coaching. She values living an active lifestyle, as well as her close network of family and friends. She loves spending time with her family (which includes her husband and 3- and 1-year old children) – they keep her very busy!
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.
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.
Assistant Vice President for Gender Equity
Director, Women and Gender Collaborative
Co-Chair, Commission on Women and Gender Equity
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.