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 $5,000 per fiscal year to be used to support professional development opportunities for College University Staff. There are two opportunities each fiscal year: one in the fall and one in the spring. In each round, the committee will distribute $2500. The maximum that may be requested is $1500 per person, per program. All permanent university staff in the College of Letters & Science are eligible for these grants. Fixed term terminal and temporary employees are not eligible. 

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 each round, they will be distributed for applications submitted outside of the deadline dates. 

The program is administered by the College of Letters & Science and the USIC will accept applications for the competition and award the grants. An email will be sent to all permanent University Staff with details and application deadlines. The Spring 2020 deadline is Friday, May 15. 

Submissions will be accepted electronically. Please submit the application pack in all one pdf document to Lori DeMeuse (lori.demeuse@wisc.edu).
Spring 2020 Awardees 
  • Tina Hunter - Department of Sociology
  • Rita Richter - Department of Philosophy 

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 committee will review the applications in late May, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results of the competition as soon after the review as possible

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.

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 broadbanded; 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
The Fall 2019 Deadline for University Staff Excellence Award nominations was Monday, November 4. 

Fall 2019 Awardees
  • Jane Fox-Anderson - Department of Geoscience
  • Jana Valeo - Department of History
  • Kurtis Casperson - Department of Chemistry
  • Lori Ushman - The Information School 
  • Mary Noles - Department of French & Italian, Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies

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Keywords:CSIC, shared governance, classified, university staff, USIC, professional development grant, excellence awards, grant for university staff   Doc ID:45182
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