As part of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF) was established in 2014 by President Tony Frank to assist the University in designing strategies and promoting activities that enhance gender equity and faculty women’s issues.

Charge and Mission

This Standing Committee, as a subcommittee of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, will focus explicitly on issues impacting the work life, campus climate, and persistent barriers inhibiting the success of women faculty at Colorado State University.  This committee will pay special attention to the global and national climates for academic women.  The Standing Committee will offer recommendations to the University President for ways CSU might help counter pervasive national challenges related to women in academia, including all disciplines where women are historically and currently underrepresented.  This will include underrepresentation of women in senior academic and leadership positions.


The SCSWF shares the University’s goal of making Colorado State University the best environment for women to teach, learn and work.


Committee Composition: The Standing Committee shall consist of 18 members, including a chair, one representative from each academic college and the Libraries, one non-tenure track faculty, and eight at-large seats.

  • The expectation is that at least one representative from each college will be a woman.
  • The expectation is that at least two committee members will be men.
  • At least two committee members will be representative of senior faculty.
  • At least two committee members will be representatives of junior faculty.

Eligibility: Membership applicants must provide a complete application and have (1) faculty status and (2) knowledge and experience of women faculty issues.

Terms: All members shall serve staggered three-year terms and are eligible twice for reappointment.  Renewal applications will be reviewed by the SCSWF.  If interested in more than two terms, the member will need to reapply as a new applicant.

Membership Recruitment: The goal of membership within the SCSWF is to have equitable representation from faculty across campus. To this end, the SCSWF will broadly advertise membership openings and seek self-nominations, as well as nominations from colleges and current committee members.

Membership Selection: Preliminary selection of regular members will be conducted by SCSWF members with final approval and appointment by the University President.  Members are invited to serve by the University President and the Chair of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity.


  • All members have voting rights except for at-large members.
  • All issues voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place.
  • Electronic voting is acceptable when needed.


Eligibility: Chair applicants must (1) provide a completed application, (2) have tenure, and (3) have served a minimum of two years as a SCSWF member.

Terms: Chair shall serve a three year term and is eligible for reappointment once.

Chair Selection: Preliminary selection of Chair will be conducted by the regular members of the SCSWF and a list of three candidates will be forwarded to the University President for final selection and appointment.


The SCSWF shall hold meetings every other week.

Special meetings of the SCSWF may be called by the chair or another committee member.


Committees will be created as needed.

Chairs of committees are selected by committee members.


Minutes of meetings will be taken and posted on website.


  • Focus on balanced leadership
  • Identify areas of concern regarding gender equity, campus climate and other issues
  • Engage in research, collect data, and obtain an understanding of the issues facing women faculty
  • Advocate on behalf of women faculty on the campus
  • Make specific recommendations to the administration
  • Review policies and procedures related to women faculty
  • Collaborate with other entities interested in women and gender issues

Current Topics

The SCSWF is currently in the process of researching, writing, reviewing information and making recommendations on the following issues:

  • Pay Equity and Fairness
  • Bullying in the Workplace
  • Faculty Parental Leave
  • Women Faculty Awards
  • CSU Campus Climate Research
  • Grant writing related to faculty women concerns