What is the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff?
The Secretary of the Academic Staff (SOAS) supports academic staff governance activities and staffs the Academic Staff Executive Committee and the Academic Staff Assembly. The SOAS office administratively supports all aspects of academic staff governance, and in addition, coordinates the annual “University Roundtable” lunch series. Please contact SOAS with questions regarding the many programs supported by academic staff governance, including professional development and executive education grants, as well as academic staff excellence awards.
Academic staff are respected professionals who hold positions in virtually every unit on campus. These positions are either unique to higher education and/or provide direct support for academic programming and/or develop and implement policies at UW-Madison. The academic staff contribute daily to the quality and reputation of a University recognized and respected around the world.
Academic staff are:
On the leading edge of scientific advancement that affects the quality of life of people in Wisconsin and around the world… as researchers, scientists, physicians, laboratory managers, principal investigators and unit directors involved directly in and in charge of scientific research important to the State of Wisconsin and important around the world.
Contributors of essential academic and research operations and quality of life services at the University… as administrative specialists, policy and planning analysts, attorneys, budget officers, controllers, cartographers, geologists, medical illustrators, engineers, consultants, and directors of computing, affirmative action, personnel, athletics, theater, business services, media development, protective services, telecommunications and publications.
Directly and indirectly responsible for the overall quality of education received by undergraduate and graduate students at the UW-Madison… as student advisors, counselors, deans, career planning and placement specialists, admissions personnel, outreach and continuing education specialists, clinical professors, computer experts, residence hall managers, instrumentation innovators, instructors, program managers, lecturers faculty associates, archivists, curators, librarians and artists.
Involved with student care and instruction… as clinical nurses, dietitians, social workers, audiologists, genetic counselors, optometrists, speech pathologists, psychologists, pharmacists, and rehabilitation specialists.
Part of a storied tradition
The University of Wisconsin has a proud tradition of shared governance. Since 1848, faculty and students have worked hand-in-hand to shape and implement the administrative policy that guides the academic experience. What has emerged and continues to evolve is a partnership that uniquely defines our institutional mission as a land-grant university with service to the public and the needs of the state.