Committee on Academic Staff Issues

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Is it first and ten or time to punt? How do we know? And what do we do? And other inane questions about football. by Al Wortley, November 20, 2008, 9–10:30 AM, Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive.

COE Community Connections Event: Is “Healthy Wisconsin” Healthy for You?
December 10, 2007
1610 Engineering Hall
Senator Jon Erpenbach

COE Community Connections Event: Speed-networking Event
November 9, 2007
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building

COE Community Connections Event: Technology for a Global Economy
April 26, 2007, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
1800 Engineering Hall
Valerie King-Bailey

COE Community Connections Event: Wisconsin Idea Project
March 13, 2007
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building
Peyton Smith and Kristi Thorson

COE Community Connections Event: What the Campus Will Look Like in the Years Ahead
October 26, 2006
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building
Alan Fish

Academic Staff Awards and Professional Development Opportunities Informational Meeting
January 13, 2005, 2-3 pm, 3609 Engineering Hall
Dana Aldar and Barry Robinson, Co-Chairs
Professional Development and Recognition Committee

Academic staff and faculty are invited to an informational meeting to ask questions about the award review process and about how to submit a professional case for an award. We will be joined by the co-chairs of the campus Professional Development and Recognition Committee for the informational meeting. You can also bring questions about professional development oppportunities. If you plan to attend, or think you might, please help us plan for the meeting by sending an email with the subject "Informational Meeting" to If you have questions for the PDRC, but cannot attend the informational meeting, please do not hesitate to send them to us at

Academic Staff Awards Nomination Deadline
January 2005

Nominations for the following academic staff awards must be submitted by January 28:
-- 2005 Academic Staff Excellence Awards (Eight prestigious awards in six categories)
-- 2005 UW System Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence
-- 2005 Alliant Undefkofler Award for Excellence (also a UW System award)
Information about the awards and the nominations packets can be found at

Exploring Best Practices for Writing an Annual Report
January 2005

CASI Brownbag Seminar
January 18, 12-1 pm, Union South
Laura Grossenbacher, Director
Technical Communications Program
Engineering Professional Development

At our last CASI brownbag session in December we discussed merit review processes, and the role of annual performance reviews in different departments and on the campus as a whole. We learned that writing an annual activities report can be useful for merit reviews (at least in some departments), for documentation in support of future cases for promotion (good record for your files and for resume updates), and for facilitating feedback on how we can be more effective (although regular conversations with your supervisor are probably of more use than just an annual performance review).

Attendees suggested that we extend that discussion by talking about what is appropriate and useful material to include in an annual activities report. This conversation will explore best and worst practices: what elements are critical for a powerful annual activities report? The seminar's format will be highly interactive so bring your questions!

If you plan to attend, or think you might, please help us plan for the brownbag seminar by sending an email with the subject "Brownbag" to

Academic Staff Brownbag Seminar on Merit Increases
December 2, 2004

Mark your calendars for a special brownbag seminar for CoE academic staff on Thursday, Dec. 2, from noon to one at Union South. The topic will be merit pay increases: how the decision process works and what you can say in your annual report to make your case for an increase. Speakers will include Jeff Russell, Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Chris DeMarco, Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Steve Lund, Associate Director of the UW Academic Personnel Office. The format will be highly interactive so bring your questions!

Chancellor's Address: State of the University
November 8, 2004

Chancellor John Wiley will be giving his State of the University Address to the Academic Staff Assembly on November 8th at 3:30 pm. You can watch the address via a webcast sponsored by the DoIT Committee on Academic Staff Issues. This will be a great way to find out about the state budget outlook and the general state of the University's progress on its strategic plan. The address will be 20 to 25 minutes long.

You have two options for watching the webcast.

Here is an excerpt about Chancellor's address from the Oct. 4, 2004, minutes of the Faculty Senate:

Chancellor Wiley presented his State of the University address, including information on the current state budget situation. General Purpose Revenue (GPR) funding from the state continues to represent a smaller and smaller percentage of the university's total budget, a disturbing trend that cannot continue indefinitely. Over the last ten years, there has been a shift in the university's base budget with an increased percentage of our funding coming from tuition with a corresponding reduction from GPR. Tragically, this is a national trend that constitutes a defacto major public policy decision without the benefit of discussion. The chancellor encouraged faculty members to help make the budget situation real for their legislators by writing one-page letters in which they identify their single most concern about the budget's impact on the university's ability to fulfill its mission.

Spring 2004

Do you have questions about academic staff policies, or are you looking for ideas about how to more effectively attain your professional objectives and responsibilities?

CASI's mission is to advise the CoE Dean on policies and procedures affecting academic staff. To better meet that mission, we host dialogues with academic staff. In these dialogues, academic staff are encouraged to:

Although CASI will report the results of the dialogues, absolutely no attribution will be made to any individual academic staff member who participates.

The most recent dialogs were held March 17, March 25, and April 1, 2004.

P.S. If you have questions, email us at or call us (visit for contact information). General information about CASI can be found at