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ASA Document 295. Special ASEC Election Ballot - B. Steffenhagen/Tori Richardson

University of Wisconsin Academic Staff Document #295 
Madison September 9, 2002

Special Election – Fall 2002

Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) Ballot 
(Vote for two candidates. Please circle your selections. 
Bring your ballot to the September Assembly meeting.)



Tori Richardson 483 L&S

Bill Steffenhagen 489 CALS

Continuing ASEC Members



Bruce Beck 481 GEA 6-30-2003 

Lawrence Casper 489 ENGR 6-30-2005 
Greg Iaccarino 460 L&S 6-30-2003 
Frank Kooistra 486 CALS 6-30-2004 
Linda Newman 463 EDUC 6-30-2005 
Karen Schwarz 484 MED 6-30-2004 
Belinda Velazquez 446 GRAD 6-30-2005

Tori Richardson

I've been employed at UW-Madison for approximately eight years in a variety of positions--all giving me the opportunity to work with undergraduate students to assist them in getting connected to their particular academic interests and to the greater UW-Madison community. Currently, I am a member of the General Deans' Staff for the College of Letters and Science. Prior to assuming this role full time in June 2002, I served for a year as the Assistant Dean for Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) and a part-time member of the L&S General Dean's Staff. Earlier I also served as the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs in the Office of International Studies and Programs for approximately five years and as an academic advisor in Cross-College Advising Service for two years. These are the reasons I would be valuable as a member of ASEC. For a number of years, I have been actively involved in academic staff governance on the Madison campus in numerous ways. For the past three years, I have been serving on the Nominating Committee as an active member working with colleagues to encourage other academic staff members to become more active in shared governance at the University. During the same time period, I have also been involved with the UW-Madison Academic and Career Advising Association (MACAA) where I have served as the secretary/treasurer for this cross-campus advising group for two terms.

Since starting full-time employment at the UW, I have been a member of the Student Personnel Association (SPA) and most recently the Madison Academic Staff Association (MASA). I have also recently been elected to serve on the L&S Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) for a three-year term. Because of my past and current experiences in service and on the job, particularly my strong interest in getting other colleagues connected through shared governance, I believe that I would bring an important perspective to ASEC.


Bill Steffenhagen

I am enthusiastic that the Nominating Committee has recommended my appointment to the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) for FY 2002-03. As a current member of the Compensation and Economic Benefits Committee (CEBC), I have been working with the Academic Staff Personnel Office (APO) and UW System Administration to change the program manager titles so they can provide normal promotional progression through the series similar to other Category A professional titles; and to develop a mechanism to allow long-term academic staff members, who have topped out in their salary ranges, to receive greater than average merit. The CEBC has also been working with a member of the Assembly on a recommendation to provide longer notice periods for academic staff members laid off for funding loss. If appointed to ASEC, I will to make these issues a priority.

As the current president of the Madison Academic Staff Association (MASA) and vice president of the Academic Staff Public Representation Organization (ASPRO), I believe MASA and ASPRO will need to coordinate activities and work closely with faculty and student governance groups and campus and UW System administrators to ensure the UW System is treated fairly as the governor and legislature deal with a billion dollar deficit in the FY 2003-2005 biennial budget. We must work hard to ensure that academic staff compensation remains tied to faculty compensation and that our fringe benefits are not eroded. As a UW-Madison academic staff member for 30 years, I continue to be enthusiastic about the opportunities for academic staff members to effect institutional change through active participation in shared governance and relish the opportunity to rejoin ASEC to address economic and other issues of concern to the academic staff.