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Statements for Compensation and Economic Benefits Committee (CEBC) Ballot

I’ve been working at UW-Madison since 2008, first as a Teaching Assistant (later Senior Teaching Assistant) and currently as a Faculty Assistant in the Program in English as a Second Language. I’ve also been employed as an instructor and tutor in the World Languages Institute and CREECA. I am interested in serving on the ASA’s Compensation and Economic Benefits Committee since I’m intimately familiar with compensation issues affecting certain groups of academic staff, especially such underrepresented groups as Faculty Assistants.


I have worked for the University for 20 years. In my current position, I organize the weekly list of analytical testing that needs to be performed, and coordinate and supervise student help. I take on new tasks and projects set up by outside clients, which involves creating and compiling analytical testing at specific timepoints.

This would be the first committee that I would serve on as a part of the University System. I work part time and am directly impacted by any compensation issues. Fringe and economic benefits are essential to all employees, regardless of their status. I would like to be able to relay information as it arises to my co-workers, and have everyone understand how it may affect them personally. I would also like to be available to provide feedback to the committee from my peers. The skills I can bring to the committee include, but are not limited to, an interest in UW Policy and Procedures, years of employment at the UW, and an overall compassion for my co-workers and UW peers well-being. We are all affected by compensation, fringe and economic benefits and I would like to be a part of the solution.

Outside of work, I have 3 children who are very involved in soccer, swimming, softball, volleyball, choir, FFA, girl scouts and student council. With every activity that they are in, I volunteer my time and efforts to help make all the events a more cohesive unit - both for the players / members and their parents.


I am currently Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities, where for the past two years I have managed our programs, budget and grants, and office staff, which include academic staff, university staff, graduate student PAs and undergraduate student hourlies. Prior to this job, I was Deputy Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at UW-Milwaukee. I received my PhD from Madison in 2012 and spent a number of years working as a Teaching Assistant and Lecturer here. I have a very strong understanding of the UW System’s policies, and in particular compensation and benefits for non-faculty employees. As a former member of the TAA I feel strongly about fair compensation and adequate representation for academic staff (and all staff) here at Madison and across the system.

This would be my first governance position at Madison, and I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and lots of energy to the committee. I was on a number of committees at UW-Milwaukee, and work very well in collaboration with other academic staff, faculty, and University administration; these committees included the Year of the Humanities Advisory Committee; the Digital Humanities Workgroup; and I chaired the Common Read committee.

Outside of my experience as academic staff in the UW system, I have worked at Epic as a technical writer, in educational publishing in Chicago, and in the marketing department at a start-up software company. I have a good understanding of corporate, not-for-profit, and state/university compensation and benefit strategies, and ideas about which of those are beneficial to both the employee and the employer.

On a personal level, I live on East side and have two children at East High. I have volunteered for the Dane County Humane Society and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. I’m originally from Cleveland (go Cavs!).


Russell Dimond

I received a Master’s Degree in Economics from UW-Madison 15 years ago and have been here ever since, now as Associate Director of the Social Science Computing Cooperative. My main job is to help researchers prepare and analyze data, but I am also the editor and primary author of the SSCC’s Statistical Computing Knowledge Base. I have been a member of CEBC for three years, and have served as a member or chair of several other shared governance ad hoc committees and working groups.

As a member of CEBC, my Economics background, writing experience, and ability to analyze data have been very useful. For example, after the first Critical Compensation Fund exercise, I co-chaired a working group that did an evaluation of the program. We requested outcome data from the University and I carried out statistical analysis that identified several types of inequities. Our report then made recommendations for correcting them which led to much better results in the second CCF exercise. These are a few examples of shared governance projects I’ve worked on (and my role in them):

I believe compensation is the most important issue facing the University today. The year-after-year erosion of our compensation by inflation and benefit cuts is destroying morale and driving our best people away, and now we’re starting to see the effects in our research rankings. If this is to be reversed, University leadership must take charge of our compensation strategy rather than leaving it in the hands of state government. As a member of CEBC I believe my skills and expertise would be helpful in both making that case to leadership and helping shape the resulting strategy.


I have been an academic staff member at the university since November 2003. My current position is with Wisconsin Center for Education Research which is housed within the School of Education. I am a Senior Information Processing Consultant and my current role since January 2011 is Director of Technical Services for WCER. The tech services group manages a wide range of technology needs for the funded research and fee for service projects at WCER including traditional help desk, network infrastructure, security, web site and graphics design, database design, and application development. I have not held any standing committee governance positions but I have served on several policy advisory committees, mostly addressing technology issues such as use of personal computing devices on campus. I feel that the work of this committee is crucial to the recruitment of talent to the campus so that the academic staff can support the teaching and research mission the university. My experience over the past six years in recruiting experienced information technology talent to the university gives me insight to the compensation challenges we all face.  


I am an Environmental Health Specialist in the division of Facilities Planning and Management. Specifically, I support the Office of Radiation Protection in the Environmental Health and Safety department. I joined the Office of Radiation Protection last April, selecting UW Madison because of its strong research focus. Like many of my colleagues in EHS, I come from a research background. I devoted several decades of my life to the research of diabetes.

I am interested in serving on the CEBC, because I want to have the opportunity to work with people outside of my group and to learn more about how the University functions. I understand the importance of ensuring that the university is able to retain top talent while being fiscally responsible. Compensation and Benefits is a challenging area, as one has to consider a diverse group of beneficiaries, and also must deal with financial constraints such as the spiraling cost of health care.

I have served on several committees relating to health and safety and compliance prior to moving to Madison and enjoy working with colleagues to meet challenges. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the CEBC.  


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