On Nov. 4 and 5, the University of Colorado Board of Regents convened at CU Denver’s Jake Jabs Event Center in the Business School to vote on several matters that positively impact students, faculty, and staff.
Regent actions included approving salary increases for faculty and university staff starting in January 2022 paychecks in recognition of the extraordinary year-plus they’ve endured; the expansion of the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship to include all descendants of those who once resided on the Auraria Campus; two new CU Denver degree programs; and the recognition of two CU Denver professors with the highest CU faculty honors.
Faculty and Staff Will Receive Salary Increases on January Paychecks
The Regents approved a compensation plan that includes a 3% base-building salary increase and a one-time payment equal to 1% of an employee’s annual salary for all eligible faculty and university staff.
“This decision is in recognition of your unwavering commitment to CU Denver’s mission and your extraordinary collective dedication over the last year-plus,” Chancellor Michelle Marks said in a memo to campus employees. “Our people are our most important asset, and we are committed to living up to our values outlined in goal 5 of our 2030 Strategic Plan: being a people-centered best place to work.”
The 3% base-building salary increase will be applied across the board effective Jan. 1, 2022. The 1% one-time payment will be made in the January 2022 paychecks. More details regarding eligibility can be found on this FAQ page.
Displaced Aurarian Scholarship Expanded, Increasing Access to College Education
The Regents approved a milestone resolution to expand eligibility of the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship to include all direct descendants of Aurarians who lived in the neighborhood from 1955 to 1973. The Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and the Community College of Denver (CCD) will participate in the scholarship expansion.
The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship, which began in the 1990s, is designed to provide funds for tuition and fees for students who were residents of or had family ties to the Auraria neighborhood before the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) was built in the 1970s. Since the inception of the scholarship program, CU Denver has awarded more than $3.4 million in financial aid, allowing 600 displaced Aurarians to attend the university tuition-free.
“This is one step toward a multi-faceted, long-term effort to honor and support the displaced Aurarians and the sacrifices they made of their homes, families, and livelihood,” Marks said. “We are pleased to expand this program to any direct descendant, in perpetuity, truly fortifying our position as a ‘university for life.’ We are committed to our role as an equity-serving institution and investing in the future of our surrounding neighborhoods, serving Colorado’s Hispanic and Indigenous communities, and supporting the education of displaced Aurarians and their families, now and into the future.”
Two New Degree Programs Address Workforce Needs, Build on Existing Programs
The Regents approved two new degree programs that will launch in spring 2022 and provide students with skills needed to address growing workforce needs.
The College of Engineering, Design and Computing’s (CEDC) new bachelor of science (BS) degree in Cybersecurity will allow undergraduate students to combine interests and passions for online security with skills to defend computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, users, and data from malicious attacks. Students will acquire computing and security knowledge to create solutions to real-world problems and protect operational systems from cyber risks and threats.
The need for this program stems from advances in online security and the rapid growth of transferring online information, making cybersecurity a necessity for both private and public sectors, according to the CEDC’s proposal.
“The use of cybersecurity in diverse fields is only expected to increase as more of today’s workforce, education, commercial and military transform more operations to virtual,” the proposal notes. “The exchange of personal and sensitive information through cyber channels, such as Internet, is leading to a surge in available cybersecurity careers.”
The School of Public Affairs’ new Master of Public Policy (MPP) complements the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree that the school has offered for more than 50 years to students pursuing public service careers. The new degree provides graduate students with an understanding of public policy design and analysis techniques, as well as the role of politics and power in influencing and implementing public policy.
“Public affairs, broadly, has a management, in terms of how to run government agencies and nonprofits, which our MPA has mainly focused upon,” said SPA Dean Paul Teske. “But, there is also a significant policy side—advocating for and designing good new policy ideas, implementing them, and evaluating their success or failures. The MPP is the right degree for that kind of work.”
Two Professors Named Distinguished Professors, Highest CU Honor Awarded to Faculty
The University of Colorado added 11 new members to its list of Distinguished Professors, a title signifying the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system’s four campuses. Two of the additions are CU Denver’s own.
Stephen Gedney, PhD, chair and professor of electrical engineering, is a world-renowned electrical engineer who has made pioneering contributions to the research and teaching of computational electromagnetics. Not only has he created several very important theory and algorithms in the field, he also has translated these to a real-world impact. These impacts are now foundational elements of most commercial scientific and engineering software used by engineers and scientists around the world using applications from wireless communication to stealth technology. His research also has been used to design a variety of products used for national security. He joined CU in 2014 and has served as chair of electrical engineering and interim dean of the college.
Mary Guy, PhD, a professor in the School of Public Affairs, is an internationally known public administration scholar whose work has significantly impacted public administration’s scholarship and practice. A CU faculty member since 2008, she is a respected leader who pioneered the subject of emotional labor in public service, and has proven an excellent mentor. She excels at teaching, guiding numerous doctoral students toward tenure-track jobs while also holding five Best Book Awards. She has received the field’s most prestigious national awards for research and her scholarship has advanced enduring debates in the field, particularly around social equity.