Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC)

The primary function of ASEC is to act as the day-to-day administrative executive committee for the Academic Staff Assembly and for the academic staff at large. To be effective, ASEC considers it important to maintain a close relationship with the Assembly and with all academic staff. ASEC, together with the Academic Staff Assembly, works to facilitate communication with other governance groups and with the chancellor, provost and other campus administrators on matters concerning governance and academic staff.

ASEC considers matters referred to it by the Assembly and its standing committees, the UW-Madison administration, UW System administration, the Board of Regents, the University Committee, the Faculty Senate, various campus offices (Budget Planning and Analysis, Human Resources/Academic Personnel, Equity and Diversity Resource Center, etc.), and individual members of the academic staff. When timing permits, matters of significance are taken up by the Assembly. However, when decisions must be made within time frames that do not allow for Assembly input, they are made by ASEC and reported to the Assembly at its next meeting.


Nine members elected by the academic staff at large to serve three-year terms. One-third are elected each year. Membership on ASEC is limited to 7 consecutive years. Eligibility for election to ASEC is reinstated one year after a member vacates his or her seat on the committee. View current committee membership here.

Contact any committee member if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.


ASEC customarily meets from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on most Thursdays during the academic year and two or three times a month in the summer.

Interested in a committee?

If you wish to be considered for current and future committee openings, please fill out the Committee Interest Survey. The survey provides a comprehensive list of all committees with links to more information, including committee charges and current committee membership. You may resubmit this survey at any time to update your committee interests. Indicating your interest via the survey is not binding.