Henriikka Weir
Assistant Professor
School of Public Affairs

Why did you initially apply to work at CU?

I initially applied at CU due to its reputation of being a university system that integrates cutting-edge research with top-notch teaching, without forgetting the importance of community involvement.  The beautiful location was a big attraction as well.

What makes CU a great place to work?

The supportive, stimulating and encouraging working environment with endless opportunities for professional development makes CU a great place to work. The benefits are also wonderful. Finally, I have the best superiors and colleagues. That’s what truly makes CU an amazing place to work!

What makes CU faculty stand out against other universities?

Friendliness, collaboration, team-work, mentoring and social support of each other makes CU faculty stand out against other universities.

What is the best part of your workday?

As a faculty member, I have a lot of autonomy and flexibility, so not one workday is ever the same. That is the best part of this job. However, one has to be quite self-driven, too, and the work day never really ends. 

Do you have the opportunity to work with faculty from different departments?

There are always opportunities for collaboration across departments between faculty with overlapping interests and varying expertise, especially when seeking larger grants or conducting complex community-based and/or clinical studies.

What makes CU students stand out against other universities?

The diversity of CU students makes them stand out against other universities. For example, here at UCCS, we have a large number of active duty military or veterans who are students.

CU students want to be here.  Regardless of their varied backgrounds, they are hard-working, motivated, and driven.

What do you enjoy most about living in Colorado?

The amazing mountains, beautiful scenery, friendly people, outdoorsy lifestyle, enjoyable weather, and opportunities for skiing make Colorado the most enjoyable place to live for me.

What is your favorite campus location?

While I have visited all of CU campuses and find them all beautiful in different ways, I am, of course, totally biased to my home campus UCCS, which sports amazing views of Pikes Peak and Garden of Gods.

What is your favorite area restaurant?

I enjoy too wide a variety of food to list just one or two favorite restaurants.

What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children, going to movies and restaurants with my friends, exercising, skiing, reading and traveling as much as I can.