Academic Staff Institute

The Academic Staff Institute is an annual professional development conference for UW-Madison academic staff held during the spring semester.  The first institute was held in 2002 and organized by the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC).

2020 Academic Staff Institute

Last year’s conference was held on February 25, 2020 at Union South.  The conference is a joint effort between the Madison Academic Staff Network, ASEC, Secretary of the Academic Staff office, and the Academic Staff Assembly.

Time: 7:45-1:30
Cost: $18 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Registration Link:
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020
Registration Deals: Join ASPRO ( between now and February 14, 2020, and receive free registration to ASI. All attendees will receive free membership to the Madison Academic Staff Network for the remainder of the academic year (


7:45 – 8:30 – Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 – Welcome

8:45 – 9:20 – Keynote Presentation

9:30 – 10:25 – Breakout Session 1

10:35– 11:30 – Breakout Session 2

11:40 – 12:35 – Breakout Session 3

12:35 – Lunch

See the full program here!

Note: Limited funds (a total of $1,500) are available for individuals interested in attending the institute whose primary work location is not on campus or in the Madison area (i.e. academic staff who come to campus perhaps once or twice a month but are otherwise working in another location). These funds are available on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested, please fill out this brief form with details about your funding request:

Keynote Presentation:

Judge Everett Mitchell

The Honorable Reverend Everett Mitchell, “The Importance of the Wisconsin Idea to Traumatized Black, Brown, and Low-Income White Children”

Full Breakout Sessions

Can I Do This?: The Role of Self-Efficacy in Mentoring – Amber R. Smith, Associate Director, WISCIENCE

Creating Inclusive Workspaces: Identifying and Interrupting Hostile and Intimidating Behavior – Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff; Tamie Klumpyan, Building Inclusion@UW Program Manager, Office of Learning and Talent Development

Enhancing Employee Engagement, Innovation and Performance by Leading Inclusively – Binnu Palta Hill, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business

Insights from the 2019 Academic Staff Worklife Survey – Russell Dimond, Associate Director, Social Science Computing Cooperative; Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty

Navigating Performance Reviews: For Supervisors – Chris East, Organizational Career Development Specialist, Office of Learning and Talent Development; Elizabeth Schrimpf, Career Counselor, Division of Continuing Studies

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: Growing Food and Rural Economies – Erin Silva, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Pay Tools, Progression and Promotion in New Titling System – Diane Blaskowski, Director of Employee Services, Office of Human Resources (This session will be presented twice.)

Reckoning with Our History: The UW-Madison Public History Project – Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director, UW-Madison Public History Project

UW-Madison State Relations: An Overview of the 2019-20 Legislative Session – Crystal Potts, Director of State Relations; Ben Van Pelt, Assistant Director of State Relations

A Wisconsin Film Festival Primer – Ben Reiser, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager, Wisconsin Film Festival

Your Mid- and Late-Career Benefits: Do You Know What You Should Know? – Thomasin Propson, Benefits Specialist, Office of Human Resources

Short Breakout Sessions

Academic Staff Mentoring Program: An Introduction and Overview – Chris Logterman, Undergraduate Advisor, English Department, and Co-Chair of Academic Staff Mentoring Committee; Jake Smith, Interim Secretary of the Academic Staff, and Mentoring Program Participant

Employee Assistance Services: Making Life Work…Better – Susan Fuszard, Consultant, Employee Assistance Office

LASA: Latinx Academic Staff Association – MollyJo Bautch, College Advisor, PEOPLE Program; Arturo “Tito” Diaz, Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Center; Martina Diaz, Senior Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Student Financial Aid; Jocelyn Diaz-Valdes, Senior Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Student Financial Aid; Rachelle Eilers, Senior Advisor, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program; Mary Eldridge, Victim Advocate and Survivor Services Coordinator, University Health Services

The Ombuds Office: A Campus Resource for You – Mike Ashmore, Ombuds, and Ann Hoyt, Ombuds

Recreation and Wellbeing – Mackenzie Lucius, Coordinator of Member Services, RecWell

TTC Appeals – Meghan Owens, Director of Compensation, Office of Human Resources