Be engaged.  Be represented.  Be involved.  Be Engineering.  


The Engineering Staff Council (ESC) strives to create a nurturing and safe environment for all staff members within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), making it a better place to work. It is dedicated to fostering a sense of community within the College, and facilitating communication of staff issues and concerns among all sectors of the College in order to work with the leadership on matters that impact the staff. Staff Council plays an important role in shaping the policies and procedures of the College as they relate to the staff - we are your voice! 


The Staff Council serves in a staff advisory capacity to the dean. Council members are elected from across the college for two year terms. Input and discussion center on fostering a sense of community within the college and facilitating communication of staff issues and concerns. Meetings are held monthly.

Your Staff Council Representatives are here to assist all staff members by serving as a voice for CEAS.


All CEAS staff members are welcome to any monthly meetings.

  • June 11, 2019:  First Staff Council Meeting, 8:30 am - 10 am, CASE W311
  • July 11, 2019: 10 am – 12 pm, Wolf 303
  • August 7, 2019Staff Council Retreat (elected members only), 9 am - 4 pm, DLC Collaboratory
  • September 5, 2019:  10 am – 12 pm, Clark Conference Room ECAD 109
  • October 3, 2019:  10 am – 12 pm, UMC Room 247
  • November 7, 2019:  10 am – 12 pm, ECAD 109 (Clark Conf Room)
  • December 5, 2019:  10 am – 12 pm, DLC Collaboratory (1B70)

  • 10 am – 10:15 am: Housekeeping/Administrative Items
  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am: Officer Nominee Presentations
  • 11:15 am – 11:30 am: Officer Voting
  • 11:30 am – 11:55 am: Committee Workgroups
  • Closing: Next Steps 

The Engineering Staff Council will meet at least once a month during the fiscal year, as needed. The first Council meeting is expected to be held in May. Date and time will be determined at a later time. The Chair of the Engineering Staff Council may call special meetings of the committee if and when necessary to conduct business. Staff Council meetings are open to the Engineering community and provide a valuable opportunity to make a professional contribution to the College.  All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  However, only council members may vote on items put out to be voted upon. 

The ESC is a peer-elected committee of CEAS classified and university staff members.  All truly successful organizations recognize the value and importance of the contributions and suggestions that are made by their employees. The CEAS recognizes the tremendous value of suggestions received from all segments of the Engineering community. The Engineering Staff Council ensures that all staff members have the opportunity to be actively involved in setting the priorities and future direction of the College. 
The Engineering Staff Council is comprised of 8 CEAS classified and university staff members.

Selection and Eligibility

  • Staff members may nominate any classified or university staff member in the CEAS to represent them and serve on the Council, including themselves.
  • Nominees must be at least a part-time permanent employee, who are not considered faculty.
  • If nominated, the staff member will be notified and informed of the anticipated time commitment and responsibilities. If they accept the nomination, their supervisor will be notified as well. If their supervisor approves their service, they will be included in a general election (conducted via Qualtrics) and selected by a popular vote by staff members in the CEAS. In the event of a tie, the new representative will be selected by the Staff Council Chair.
  • In the first round of selection, the Chair position is selected by the Dean’s Administration. This position will serve three years in order to provide continuity while half of the council members cycle out.
  • The Chair position may serve consecutive terms, if voted by the council members.
  • If the Chair vacates his/her position prior to the end of their term, council members may vote in a new Chair who is currently serving or has served as a member of the Council.

Terms and Rotation 
The Engineering Staff Council members will be elected to two-year terms.  The terms will be on a fiscal year basis and will run from July 1 to June 30. Consecutive terms are allowed. To maintain continuing and succession planning, the council member rotations will be staggered – the specific timeframe will be determined by council members at a later time.

The current Chair is Lou Rutherford, 303-492-2570,
  • Preside at all meetings of the Council, in addition to other committee meetings - to be determined at a later time.
  • Coordinate and disseminate the agendas for these meetings.
  • Manage the Council budget.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Dean of the CEAS and keeping him informed regarding concerns and recommendations of the Council and seeking support and advice on behalf of the Council. 
  • Coordinate the removal of Council members as necessary.
  • Coordinate committee assignment process and make appointments to fill vacancies on committees as needed.
  • Ensure that rules of order are followed during meetings and to serve as a resource to Council members and membership regarding the rules of the Council.
  • Call a meeting of a committee that is not fulfilling its responsibilities.
  • Compile annual strategic objectives for the Council.
  • Prepare official council correspondence.

  • Representatives are expected to attend all regular, monthly meetings as well as special or called meetings, including a day-long council retreat in early to mid-summer.
  • Representatives serve on committees of the council and may be elected as an officer of those committees.
  • Representatives should make themselves known to their constituents and be willing to hear concerns, receive information and suggestions, and communicate these effectively to the council. In turn, representatives must keep their constituents well informed of the work of the council and matters that the administration wishes to communicate to the council.
  • Representatives should be available a minimum of four hours per month in addition to Council meetings for committee meetings and other council work.

To be solidified by council members.
  • Administrative
  • Communication
  • Staff Development 
  • Staff Recognition
  • Community Relations
  • Work-life
  • Executive

To be determined by new staff council members.