L&S University Staff Issues Committee (USIC) Initiatives

This document contains information and materials relating to current USIC Initiatives: the Professional Development Grant Program for University Staff and the University Staff Excellence Awards.

Current Initiatives

Professional Development Grant Program for University Staff 

The College of Letters & Science has made available $10,000 per fiscal year to be used to fund professional development opportunities for college university staff.  This year, because of increasing demand for these funds, the college has doubled the amount of support it offers per year at the request of the University Staff Issues Committee.  There are two opportunities, one in fall and one in spring. In each round, the committee will distribute $5,000 to awardees for approved activities. The maximum per individual request is $2,000 per program. However, it is understood that development opportunities do not always run on this schedule, so applications may be submitted at any time. If there are funds remaining after either round, the funds will be distributed for applications submitted outside of the deadline dates.


This program is in response to USIC's concern that some university staff members do not have funding available to them to attend training and professional development opportunities, particularly employees in small departments and those in technical and blue-collar positions. All permanent university staff in the College of Letters & Science are eligible for these grants. Fixed term terminal and temporary employees are not eligible.


 Examples of training and development opportunities that employees have received funding for in the recent past include:


  • Courses from UW-Madison or within the UW System relevant to your professional development

  • Other courses—either off-site or via distance learning—such as language courses or software training, offered through institutions such as Madison College, etc.  Stronger consideration will be given to non-private type organizations (e.g. UW-Madison, Madison College)

  • Attendance at the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professional Conference

  • Leadership & Management Development Conference through OHRD

  • UW-Madison Conference for the Office Professional

  • National Council of University Research Administrator Conference

  • Diversity Training

  • Membership fees for professional organizations


As you prepare your proposal, make sure your initiative meets college, UW-Madison and State policies and procedures. If your training involves travel, you should justify that (i.e. sole provider of training/retraining only available at single location, no locally known trainer, consultant, etc.)  If a fee for membership in a professional association is requested, explain the relevance of the association to your job.  If you request language training or software training, explain why the language or software proficiency will help you in your current job or career. The grant will not subsidize the purchase of software.


For additional information on UW-Madison specific training, please refer to the Office of Human Resources, Professional Development website at  https://hr.wisc.edu/professional-development/


The next opportunity to apply will be in fall 2023. Please contact Lori DeMeuse (lori.demeuse@wisc.edu) with questions.

Fall 2022 Awardees 
  • Jenny Schumacher, Department of History

  • Emmanuelle Roper, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

  • Marrion Ladd, Center for the Humanities 

  • Beth Freundlich, Department of Geography

  • Sophia Lawrence, Department of Botany

Spring 2023 Awardees

  • Molly Campbell, Department of Botany
  • Terri Karls, Department of Philosophy

  • Brian Shore, Department of Geography

  • Emmanuelle Roper, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

  • Amber Mrnak, Center for Limnology

For additional information on UW-Madison specific training, please refer to the Office of Human Resources, Professional Development website at:  https://hr.wisc.edu/professional-development/

University Staff Excellence Awards

Each year, the Dean of the College of Letters and Science also offers five awards of $3,000 each recognizing outstanding performance, service and/or contributions by L&S University Staff members. The next opportunity to submit nominations will be fall 2024. 

Based on proportionate number of employees in each grouping within the College, there will be three awards given to employees in non-exempt administrative support, fiscal & staff services, general broadband; one award given to an employee in a blue collar or technical position; and one award given to an exempt employee. The individuals nominated must have two years consecutive service within the College and are eligible once every ten years.

The individuals nominated must have two years consecutive service within the College and are eligible once every ten years.

Nomination factors for the University Staff Excellence Awards include:

  • Effectiveness, innovation, creativity, and originality

  • Leadership, climate, and service

Reach out to Lori DeMeuse at lori.demeuse@wisc.edu with questions.
2023 Awardees
  • Emily Bennin, Department of Chemistry 

  • Rebecca Forbes Wank, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+

  • Marrion Ladd, Center for Humanities

  • Joel Lord, Department of Integrative Biology

  • Peter Haney, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program

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