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Spring 2017 Professional Development Grant Competition Announced

by Jacob Smith

The Spring 2017 Professional Development Grant competition has been announced. Academic staff who meet the eligibility requirements can get up to 50% of the cost of their professional development activity covered through the grant. Grants are for activities occurring from July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

For more details, go to

Academic Staff Chats Announced for 2016-17 Academic Year

by Heather Daniels

Join a small group of your academic staff colleagues in open discussions on various topics. All the details including the topics covered this year are below. Each topic this year should be of broad interest to all academic staff. Some discussions will include a speaker prior to ample discussion time.

All sessions will include frank discussion and a free lunch. There is no cost associated with this activity. Simply register and show up.

Numbers are very limited to ensure a fruitful small group discussion, so be sure to register early!  If a session is full, please register for the waiting list.  We may add additional sections to accommodate the increased interest.

Meeting Dates & Locations
Note: All sessions meet from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at Union South.

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Professional Development: Ideas on What, Where and How Much
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    Performance Evaluations: How Are They Working for You?
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Job Security: How Do Contracts Work at UW-Madison?
  • Monday, March 6, 2017
    How to Advocate for Yourself Professionally with Limited Resources

Register at:

Call for Submissions: Academic Staff Art Gallery

by Heather Daniels

Are you an artist? Do you have artistic works that you have produced that you would like to display on campus?

If so, you are invited to show your artwork in the Academic Staff Art Gallery. The Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff—located in 270 Bascom—provides a forum to display 2-D artwork created by UW-Madison academic staff. There are three walls in the office that have been prepared to display framed, ready-to-hang 2-D artwork. Art will be on display during either the fall or spring semester and will be given recognition through various campus publications.

If you would like to have your work considered for exhibition in the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff, please contact the office at with the following information:

  • Your contact information (please indicate your academic staff position on campus)
  • A short artistic statement describing your art and creative concerns
  • 4-10 images of your work (PNG or JPEG format)

Entries Due 9/8 for Complimentary Seats in Professional Development Courses from the Division of Continuing Studies

by Heather Daniels

The Division of Continuing Studies, in collaboration with the Secretary of the Academic Staff Office, is offering the opportunity for academic staff to participate in a selected professional development course available through their course catalog this fall free of charge.  The full catalog is available at

Two courses are available, and three slots have been reserved in each course for academic staff to attend free of charge.

Executive Writing: Effective Workplace Communication
Strengthen your ability to write memos, letters, and reports covering a broad range of issues. Learn techniques to increase efficiency, apply different structures depending on your purpose, improve your editing, choose appropriate language for written rather than oral communication, and analyze your intended audience. We use writing samples for analysis and discussion. Instructor: Daniel Kramarz

Thursday, September 22, 8:30-3:15 pm
Pyle Center
$150 Value

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation
Strategic planning provides both a process and a set of outcomes that help you find the answers to core questions about organizational identity and direction. Discover how to construct your organization’s strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development, and ensure successful implementation. Instructor: Jeff Russell

Tuesday, October 25, 8:30-3:15 pm
Pyle Center
$150 Value

If you are interested in attending either of these courses for free, simply click on the link below to register your interest through a short survey.  Attendees will be selected through a random drawing.  The deadline for entry is Thursday, September 8.  Those selected will be notified on Friday, September 9.

Register your interest:

ASEC Chair and Vice Chair Selected for 2016-2017

by Heather Daniels

Kevin Niemi has been elected as chair of the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC)  and Bruno Browning elected as vice chair for a one-year term starting July 1, 2016.  Kevin Niemi is Director of Outreach Programs in WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement) and has served on ASEC since July of 2013.  Bruno Browning is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the College of Letters and Science.  He has served on ASEC since July of 2014.

Academic Staff Worklife Survey Closes June 23

by Heather Daniels

The first ever survey on academic staff worklife closes on Thursday, June 23.  This survey is based on the WISELI survey that was sent to faculty and some clinical academic staff this spring.  ASEC has kept the questions in this survey closely aligned with the faculty questions to allow for comparison across the two groups.  Academic staff should have received several email reminders about the survey in their email.  Please check your junk and clutter folder for the email if you have not seen it in your “in box.”  If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff at

2016 Academic Staff Excellence Award Winners Announced

by Jacob Smith

The winners of the 2016 UW-Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards have been announced. The winners are:

  • Sharon Thoma, Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Martin Rouse, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the University
  • Mary Ann Croft, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, Independent Investigator
  • Tracy Drier, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, Critical Research Support
  • Margaret Birrenkott, Wisconsin Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Leadership: Individual Unit Level
  • Bethany Pluymers, Wisconsin Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Leadership: College, School, or Larger University Community Level
  • Wendy Johnson, Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach
  • Ronald Harris, Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence
  • Jeanne Hendricks, Ann Wallace Career Achievement Award

More information about the winners can be found here:

Linnea Burk receives 2016 Board of Regents Academic Staff Award.

by Heather Daniels

Linnea Burk, Clinical Associate Professor, Director, Psychology Research and Training Clinic, will be honored at the Board of Regents Meeting on Friday, April 8 with a 2016 Board of Regents Academic Staff Award. Burk began her service at UW-Madison in 2009 as a clinical assistant professor, while also assuming the position of director of the psychology clinic. Knowing that a well-functioning clinic is critical to the strength and national standing of a clinical psychology PhD program, Burk has worked to enhance the educational and outreach capacity of the clinic. More information regarding Burke and the other award winners is available at


Spring 2016 Academic Staff Newsletter

by Heather Daniels

Recent News from the Standing Committees of the Academic Staff Assembly  SPRING  2016


Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC)

Category A Maxima: These have been raised by 10% to account for cost of living increases.  This is a short-term fix that the titling and compensation study will resolve.  New rates went into effect on December 1, 2015.

The University Committee in conjunction with the University Staff Executive Committee, the Associated Students of Madison, and ASEC have drafted language for consideration by the Faculty Senate to create the University Budget Committee, a shared governance committee.  The Senate will hear about the committee and see draft language at their March 7 meeting and the language will be voted on at a subsequent meeting.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Instructional Titles presented a report recommending instructional titles to the Assembly at the February 8 meeting.  The Assembly will vote on the recommendations in the report at their March 14 meeting.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Titling and Compensation is working to develop final recommendations for the UW System Titling and Compensation study.  This committee is planning to present their report to the Assembly in either March or April.

Electronic proposal deadlines:

Academic Staff Professional Development Grants — March 11, 2016

Executive Education Grants — April 1, 2016

Communications Committee

The Committee has prepared a poster for the 17th annual UW-Madison Showcase on Wednesday  March 16. The presentation describes the professional and personal benefits of participating in academic staff shared governance. Additional information about Showcase 2016 can be found at the following:

The Communications Committee is also currently reviewing and developing content for the 2016 Academic Staff Newsletter, which highlights the varied roles and responsibilities of selected Academic Staff committees.

Districting and Representation Committee

The District and Representation Committee (DRC) is charged with creating districts for representation purposes in the Academic Staff Assembly.

To that end, we base those districts on affinity groups of staff with similar interests. Those groups are determined based on what department or group employs the staff member, the staff member’s job, and location of employment.

Current districts were created based on criteria that no longer accurately reflect work roles or affinity groups at UW-Madison. Criteria have failed to grow with the reality of the university’s structure,  resulting in increasingly arbitrary districting and radically unbalanced membership distribution. Further, some criteria don’t define affinity groups, but principally serve as a means to break affinity groups into districts of manageable size.

To solve this problem, the DRC has two proposals:

First, eliminate the districting criteria that serve only to break affinity groups into multiple districts and eliminate criteria the Assembly has outgrown. This will mean finding another way of dividing affinity groups into districts.

Second, establish new districting criteria based on broad work affinity groups.

We expect to bring both proposals to the assembly shortly. The second proposal depends on approval of the first, so the two proposals will be brought up separately.

Mentoring Committee

In December, the Mentoring Committee hosted a well-attended professional development event entitled:“You are the Weakest LinkedIn. Good Bye: Ensuring Your Profile Will Make an Employer Click” featuring guest speaker Don Stanley of the Department of Life Sciences Communication. Check out the committee’s LinkedIn group, where they announce programming and facilitate discussions about mentoring resources:

In November, the committee held the first meeting of the Mentoring Community of Practice, which is an ongoing initiative. All meeting minutes, discussions, and connections to resources are available through their Learn@UW portal:

In October, the committee hosted the Fall Kick Off event. The event offered time for discussions, presentations, and opportunities for new mentors and mentees to start building their partnerships. If you have any questions about the Academic Staff Mentoring Committee, please contact co-chairs Heather Weltin ( or Linnea Burk (

Professional Development and Recognition Committee (PDRC)

The spring academic staff professional development grant deadlines are coming up soon.

Mark your calendars as follows:

  • March 11, 2016 – Online Proposal Submitted Electronically to department chair/unit head
  • March 18, 2016 – Department chairs and unit heads electronically approve proposals
  • April 1, 2016 – School/College/Division Dean/Director electronically approves proposal
  • April 1, 2016 – School/College/Division Dean/Director emails ranked list of applications to the Secretary of the Academic Staff (if applicable)
  • Week of May 9, 2016 – Announcement of the grants (tentative)

For more information, visit the Academic Professional Development Grant website or contact Jake Smith, Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff, (608) 263-2985,

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee has completed work on providing a slate of candidates for the Standing Committee elections this spring. We encourage academic staff to take the time to review the ballots and vote to fill committees. We are now contacting candidates to fill open positions of appointed committees. Please keep an eye out for discussion and voting on changes to ASEC terms and Curriculum Committee adding more academic staff.

Human Resources Office Update

Learning and Talent Development, part of the Human Resources Office in partnership with the Office of Talent Management, is launching a new training program. Called ‘Thrive@UW-Madison,’ it consists of courses designed to help UW-Madison staff and faculty discover skills and knowledge that allow them to uniquely contribute to their team and/or organization. UW-Madison employees are encouraged to participate in learning opportunities that maximize their ability to grow personally and professionally. For complete course descriptions and to register click here.  For more information, contact Program Coordinator Alice Y Traore with Learning and Talent Development at or by phone at 608-890-1872.

2016 Executive Education Grant Program Announced

by Jacob Smith

The Spring 2016 Academic Staff Executive Education Course Grant program is now live. To find out more, go to The deadline for applications is April 1.