Academic Staff Institute

The Academic Staff Institute is an annual professional development conference for UW-Madison academic staff held during the spring semester. The conference is a joint effort between the Madison Academic Staff Network, ASEC, Secretary of the Academic Staff office, and the Academic Staff Assembly.

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March 14, 2024

2023 Academic Staff Institute

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Location: Union South
Time: 8:15am – 1:30pm
Cost: $18 (includes light breakfast and lunch)
Registration Link:
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2023

Registration Deals: Join ASPRO ( between now and March 20, 2023, and receive free registration to ASI. All attendees will receive free membership to the Madison Academic Staff Network through July 31, 2023 (

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:


8:15 – 8:30: Welcome

8:30 – 9:15: Keynote Presentation

9:30 – 10:20: Breakout Session 1

10:35 – 11:25: Breakout Session 2

11:40 – 12:30: Breakout Session 3

12:30: Lunch

Conference Program

Keynote Speaker

Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the UW–Madison Public History Project

Keynote Presentation

Reckoning With Our History: Putting History To Work On Campus
Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the UW–Madison Public History Project

The Public History Project and its premiere exhibition, Sifting & Reckoning, provided an unprecedented opportunity for the campus community to learn about the history of discrimination and resistance at UW–Madison. But what comes next? How do we move from learning to doing – from understanding our past to changing our future?

Breakout Sessions
Information will be added as it becomes available.

Academic Staff Governance at UW-Madison
Jenny Dahlberg, Research Administration Director, School of Veterinary Medicine
Lesley Fisher, Deputy Secretary of the Academic Staff
Learn about the shared governance structure on campus, why it’s important, and opportunities for academic staff to get involved.

Advancing the UW-Madison Missions: Administrative Transformation
Kelly Gauthier, Transformation Readiness Lead
Nicholas Tincher, Director, Administration Innovation & Planning
UW-Madison – through research, teaching, and outreach – creates a better future for everyone. The administrative infrastructure is vital in propelling the institutional mission and is in the midst of transformation. Join us to review the case for administrative transformation and the connection to the mission as well as understand the progress, and discuss ways to be engaged and remain informed.

Building Self-Confidence Through Wellness and Mindfulness
Jamesetta Fousek, LPC, Employee Assistance Counselor
Hailey Krueger, MS, Employee Assistance Counselor
This will be an interactive session which includes activities to manage stress, explore well-being, and support self-confidence. Participants will have opportunities within the session to practice and explore new skills shared and university resources will be provided to aid in sustaining workplace support.

Career Progression and Promotion at UW-Madison
Lynn Freeman, Chief Employee Learning Officer & Director, Learning & Talent Development, Office of Human Resources
Meghan Owens, Compensation Administration Director, Office of Human Resources
Learn about the methods available to employees who wish to advance in their career and grow in position in salary and in skills. We will demonstrate a skills-based self-assessment employees can use to identify professional development to support their career journey.

How to REALLY Network
April McHugh, Director of Career Counseling
Networking. One of THE most dreaded career and professional development strategies. Want to know what this is really about? Want some tried and true strategies that aren’t going to make you run and hide? Come share and learn together for an enlightening take on what “networking” truly can be!

Making the Wisconsin Idea Come to Life: Get Involved with the UniverCity Alliance
Abby Becker, Senior Associate for Communications and Outreach, UniverCity Alliance
Gavin Luter, Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance
The UniverCity Year program seeks to connect Wisconsin local governments with resources (courses, insights, internships, skills, etc.) at UW-Madison. Academic staff have many gifts and insights they could be offering to help make the Wisconsin Idea come to life. This session will offer you an opportunity to learn about the program and discover ways you could get involved in making UW more accessible to communities across the state.

Managing Up With Intention and Integrity
Theresa Kim, Fully Prepared to Lead Program Manager
Managing up with intention and integrity is not only possible, it is one of the best things you can do to improve your relationship with your supervisor and take positive proactive steps in your current position. In this interactive session, we will get clear on exactly what managing up means, and work through some specific steps and strategies. You will leave with an action plan specific to your workplace situation.

Stretching & Breathing Break
Sara Arscott, PhD Education and Outreach Manager – Integrative Health
In this session we will do some gentle stretching and breathing exercises intended to give the body and mind a re-fresh and re-set. Handouts will be provided so you can take this session with you and do it as a break in your workday.

Supporting Fathers and Families: Results From A Statewide Needs Assessment
Margaret Kerr, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, State Specialist Division of Extension
Patricia Carroll, Human Development and Relationships Educator, Division of Extension
Despite the importance of fathers to children’s development, they are still largely absent in parenting programs. In this session, presenters will share the findings of a needs assessment conducted by Extension’s Human Development & Relationships Institute on Wisconsin fathers. The needs assessment identifies the specific barriers and challenges that fathers face in order to inform targeted programming that helps them engage with their children in positive ways.

Sustainability – Progress and the Work Ahead
Missy Nergard, Director, Office of Sustainability
Alex Frank, Senior Analyst, Office of Sustainability
Members from the Office of Sustainability will provide an update on the work to expand sustainability topics in research and education and improve the sustainability of campus operations. Time will be provided for questions and discussion on how academic staff can support or engage in sustainability efforts.

UW-Madison & the State Budget
Crystal Potts, Senior Director of State Relations
This session will provide information on the relationship between UW-Madison and the State of Wisconsin, along with a discussion of the campus state budget priorities.

Your Employee Benefits: Do You Know What You Should Know?
Thomasin Propson, Benefits Specialist
Do you wonder if you are asking the ‘right’ questions about your insurance and retirement options? Join us today to hear from a UW Benefit Specialist and the questions she asks herself when considering her own benefits plans. Equip yourself with important Q&A, feel confident about your coverage and retirement!