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Committees and Councils

Committees and Councils

Colorado School of Public Health Governance

The Colorado School of Public Health committees include faculty, staff, student and public health professional representation. Committee meeting minutes, agendas and member information is listed on each committee page.  Additional details regarding school-wide governance are provided in the school bylaws.​​


The committee shall have full authority, under the rules for admission prescribed by the Voting Faculty, to develop policies and procedures for admissions to the programs of the Colorado School of Public Health, to select members of the entering professional degree programs, and other rights and duties as specified in the Committee Policies and Procedures. The committee will be composed of persons who represent the range of disciplines, institutions and students served by ColoradoSPH, as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures. (Source: Bylaws)

Contact: Mary Dinger​, Associate Dean for Student Affairs


 Alumni Engagement

The Alumni Engagement Committee is made up of representatives from all three campuses of the ColoradoSPH and works to inform alumni events, engagement programming in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs, Career Services, Practice-Based Learning, and the Center for Public Health Practice and its Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center.

Chair: Tonya Ewers​, Director of Communications & Alumni Relations

Meetings: Last Thursday of every month from 9 - 10 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room

 Appointments, Promotions & Tenure​​​​

The Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee shall be responsible for: reviewing nominations for appointment, reappointment, promotion or Tenure at the Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor ranks; for making recommendations to the Dean to support or reject such nominations; for establishing and coordinating the work of the Tenure Review Committee; for reviewing and updating the Appointments, Promotion and Tenure policies and criteria; and for assuring compliance with policies and procedures of the collaborating Universities. The committee will be broadly representative of the constituencies affected by the Committee's work, as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures. (Colorado School of Public Health Bylaws)

Chair: Gary Grunwald, PhD



The ColoradoSPH Awards Committee is responsible for the process that allows for the creation, approval and selection of specific student, staff, faculty, alumni and community recognition awards. The Awards Committee has been in place since the beginning of the ColoradoSPH in 2008. There are a variety of awards that are recognized at the University, School and Department levels. Awards are announced throughout the year, most often during the May Awards Brunch (on or near graduation commencement celebration) and the fall Public Health in the Rockies conference.The committee is composed of persons who represent the range of disciplines, institutions and students served by the school, as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures. (Source: By-laws​)

Chair: Olivia Jolly​, Faculty Director of Practice-Based Learning​


 Education and Curriculum

The Education and Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for the overall design, implementation, evaluation and ongoing development of the curriculum for the School as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures. The committee will be composed of persons who represent the range of disciplines, institutions and students served by the School, as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures. (Source: Faculty Bylaws)


Meetings: Third Friday of every month from 10-12 in Building 500, 3rd Floor, Rm W3166​


 Executive Council​

The Executive Council is one of two major administrative bodies defined within the school's bylaws, the other being Faculty Council. The Executive Council addresses senior and strategic matters affecting the school's operations, obligations and external relationships; and provides recommendations to the Dean and the Faculty Council on matters affecting faculty, educational programs and curriculum.

Council membership includes ColoradoSPH deans, department chairs, directors from each center, and campus and administrative unit leaders within the school.

ColoradoSPH personnel and students may request the Executive Council to consider a policy matter or proposal by submitting an agenda request to the Dean's Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Wyatt​.

Chair: Elaine Morrato, Interim Dean

Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month from 12 - 2 p.m.​


 Faculty Senate​

The Faculty Senate provides representation for the faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health, including those based at the lead and partner institutions. The Council presents the issues and concerns of the faculty and seeks action when required; provides a representative group with which others can communicate issues or new initiatives to the faculty; makes recommendations to the Dean and Executive Council on matters of educational, scholarly, clinical, and designated administrative issues in the school -- with the exception of recommendations for faculty personnel actions, student promotions and honors, and student and faculty disciplinary actions.

Senate President: John Kittelson, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Informatics 

Past President: Dawn Comstock, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

President-Elect: Nancy Whitesell, PhD, Professor of Community & Behavioral Health

Secretary: Betsy Risendal, PhD, Associate Professor of Community & Behavioral Health

​Staff Contact: Bettina-Martine Warden, PhD, Faculty Affairs Program Director

More information: Faculty Senate​​​​​​​


 Inclusive Excellence

The purpose of this group is to promote inclusive excellence across the school’s climate, curriculum, research, and practice. Members of this group work within their spheres of influence to achieve goals outlined in the group’s strategic plan, such as increasing focus on health equity and disparities in coursework, provision of trainings for faculty, staff, and students to expand cultural competence, and fostering an inclusive campus climate. This group has membership from school leadership, faculty, staff, and students across all three campuses, and welcomes new members regularly. Those who wish to participate should contact Thuy Nguyen to be added to the monthly meeting. 

Chair: Cerise Hunt, Director of the Center for Public Health Practice

Co-Chair: Chloe Bennion, Program Evaluation Coordinator

Staff Contact: Thuy Nguyen, HR Professional


The Research Committee shall provide oversight, review and recommendations about the development, progress and priorities for research conducted by the faculty and students of the School in an advisory capacity to the Associate Dean for Research and to the Faculty Senate. It also investigates new public health research areas and makes recommendations concerning research priorities for the School, identifies new sources of funding and novel funding approaches, and makes recommendations to the Dean regarding policies for the distribution of research funding and indirect costs allocations. The 
committee shall be broadly representative of the constituencies affected by the Committee’s work, as defined in the Committee Policies and Procedures.

Chair: Cathy Bradley​, Ghohne Chair in Cancer Prevention and Associate Director for Population Health Science

Meetings: Monthly

 Space & Facilities

The Space & Facilities Committee oversees officing and team space requests and issues within the Colorado School of Public Health. Requests for more space are submitted to the chair and committee explaining who, why and when space is needed. The committee evaluates and responds to requests.  

Chair: Debashis Ghosh​, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Informatics

 Student Organizations: Delta Omega & Student Council

Colorado School of Public Health students can join organizations sponsored by the school or through our campus communities.

More information: Student Organizations​
(Delta Omega: Alpha Upsilon Chapter and Student Council member information by campus)​​​​​​​​



To enhance and encourage ColoradoSPH employees and students to expand healthier lifestyles, provide wellness events/activities to meet a wide range of personal health needs, recognize employees for participating in healthier lifestyles activities, and develop a positive school culture that is focused on celebrating and improving the quality of life for everyone.

Chair: Christine Gillen, MS, Associate Dean for Administration & Finance

Meetings: Once a month, varied dates

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